10/21/16 12:56 PM

Kalyan Ram’s ISM Movie Review


ISM Cast And Crew

Cast: Nandamuri Kalyan Ram, Aditi Arya, Jagapati Babu, Posani Krishna Murali, Jaya Prakash Reddy, Tanikella Bharani, Easwari Rao, Ajay Ghosh, Vennela Kishore and others

Directed by Puri Jagannadh
Produced by Nandamuri Kalyan Ram
Written by Puri Jagannadh
Music by Anup Rubens
Cinematography by Mukesh G
Edited by Junaid Siddiqui
Production company: N. T. R. Arts
Distributed by Dil Raju


Satya Marthand (Kalyan Ram) is the son of a veteran journalist Dasaradha Ramayya (Thanikella Bharani). Having seen his father suffering for being truthful to his profession., Satya Marthand changes his name to Kalyan Ram and goes to Europe to get secret information about Don Javed (Jagapathi Babu). He plans a trap and loves Javed’s daughter Alia Khan (Aditi Arya). Finally Satya Marthand gets the details he wanted and reveals them to the public by hiding his identity. Satya Marthand also plans to bring the illegal funds from Javed’s Bank of Paradise to India. The complete story of ISM revolves about the ideology of the journalist Satya Marthand and how he was successful in implementing his ideology to reduce corruption.


Nandamuri Kalyan Ram has given his best for the film. This is his unknown side and ISM remains as his career best performance. Kalyan Ram has transformed himself so well that he suits the role and character very well. Kalyan Ram was brilliant in the film and he has showed his intensity levels in performance in the film. The court scene is especially a highlight where Kalyan Ram delivered his best. Aditi Arya is beautiful and she did a good job as the leading lady. She impressed with the debut performance and hope she grabs more roles. Jagapathi Babu has played a different role in the film unlike the usual Don roles. He also impresses us with his style of approach to the character. Gollapudi Maruthi Rao makes a good impression with the single scene he was featured in which comes in the second half. Thanikella Bharani, Eshwari Rao are good in their roles. Vennela Kishore, Posani krishna Murali, Ali also entertains us with their comic acts.

Technical Team

The technical team did a great job in the film by generating a good output for the film. The music scored by Anup Rubens is good. But he disappoints with the background score. All the songs were picturised beautifully on screen. The cinematography by Mukesh G is great. The editing by Junaid Siddiqui is good. The VFX effects did not impress the audiences. The team could have worked more on it. The run time is ok and watchable. The production values maintained by NTR Arts are grand.

Plus Points

  • Kalyan Ram Performance
  • Story
  • Direction
  • Dialogues

Minus Points

  • Logics Missed
  • BGM

Critic Comment On ISM

Let us start with Puri Jagannadh. Puri Jagannadh is always bang on with his ideas and thoughts. His way of expression is always amazing and he picks out the realistic issues and projects them on screen with his way of approaching which in fact is the general opinion or perspective of the common audiences. In the same way, the film ISM deals with the corruption. There are so many films witnessed on Telugu screen in the past regarding corruption but Puri managed to make ISM stand out unique from all the other films. ISM made use of the latest technology to make the people realize the situations taking place in our country.

Nandamuri Kalyan Ram has given his best to carry out the idea of Puri to the public. As a sincere and powerful journalist, Kalyan Ram’s character would be related by so many journalists. The dialogues penned by Puri Jagannadh are amazing. As always, he penned some wonderful lines that are hard truths. The story of the film is so simple that a sincere journalist attempted something which should be done by the government. Indirectly, he poses a question that what if every journalist starts behaving like Satya Marthand, much change can be expected in the country and it is the high time that the government should start working with what the journalists bring to them.

Many journalists brings the news of several scams and issues to the government but in reality, the government is not always concerned about dealing with them. The film tells the same situation and indirectly requests the government to look after the issues which can result in huge development of the country. The film talks about several serious issues and above all it deals with the corruption in India. The conclusion was good but not satisfactory. Something could have been added to it so that it looked complete. Also, the film lacks so many logics. Certain scenes look silly and too much but some times they appear negligible too. With proper vision and clarity, Puri Jagan has come up with an interesting film called ISM which talks about the serious issue of corruption in India. With the film, Puri has made every journalist proud.

ISM is dedicated to all the JOURNALISTS.


ISM = journalISM, patriotISM, nationalISM

RATING: 3.5/5

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