Cast: Ravindranth, Naina
Direction: Anil Krishna
Junction introduces writer Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao’s son Ravindranath as the hero and this film is a remake of Madhur Bhandarkar’s Traffic Signal.
The thought-provoking film revolves around the lives of beggars, slum-dwellers who survive at the mercy of a local don, here, Kota Srinivasa Rao. There is also an unholy nexus between him and politician Kasipathi (Siva Prasad).
Raised as an orphan at a junction (crossroads), Raja (Ravindranath) becomes the manager and hands over the collections to the ‘collector’ of the region and seldom comes in contact with Kota, the powerful leader of the mafia. An incident triggers a meeting between the duo and Raja finds himself drawn into a dangerous game. What makes the story interesting are the conversations between Siva Prasad and Kota scripted in tune with the current political scenario in the State.
There are references to Pavala Vaddi to Jalayagnam, Ring Road to Metro Rail Project which is interlinked to the main story. Unlike the Hindi original, Junction concentrates on a handful of characters and just about manages to balance comedy with pathos. Brahmanandam who played the role of a software engineer and a man who had no sympathy for beggars in ‘Pokiri’ has his academic certificates stolen by Ali and is compelled to beg for a living in this movie, the character here is a mere extension.
Naina, has hardly any role to play and Ravindranath, the hero whose debut comes in late, fits the role to perfection.
The film has been designed to appeal only to the masses. The ending is slightly abrupt and instead of glorifying beggary at the climax, a solution to the problem would have been more meaningful.
Y. SUNITA CHOWDHARY