Review: RGV’s Shapadham – Boring political drama
Published on Mar 10, 2024 3:04 am IST
Shapadham Telugu Movie Review

Movie Name : RGV’s Shapadham

Release Date : March 08, 2024 Rating : 1.75/5

Starring: Ajmal Amir, Manasa Radhakrishnan, Dhanunjay Prabhune, Surabhi Prabhavati, Rekha Surekha, Vasu Inturi, Kota Jayaram, Elina Tuteja

Director: Ram Gopal Varma

Producers: Ramadootha Creations, RGC RV Group

Music Director: Anand

Cinematographer: Sajeesh Rajendran

Editor: Manish Thakurr

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The sequel to Ram Gopal Varma’s Vyooham, titled Shapadam, was released on AP FiberNet recently. Delve into our review to know how the movie is.


Shapadham picks up after the 2019 elections in Andhra Pradesh, with Jagan Mohan Reddy (Ajmal Ameer) emerging as the Chief Minister, while Babu Naidu (Dhananjay Prabhune) to challenge Jagan in the 2024 elections. The narrative delves into the intricate political maneuvers that unfold during the five years.

Plus Points:

Ram Gopal Varma excels in casting suitable actors of real-life figures, evident in Dhananjay Prabhune’s portrayal of Chandra Babu Naidu, Chintu’s depiction of Pawan Kalyan, and Manasa Radhakrishnan’s embodiment of Jagan’s wife, Bharathi.

Their performances are commendable, complemented by poignant dialogues that enrich the storyline. The remaining characters are just okay.

Minus Points:

While the casting and performances shine, the storytelling falls short of expectations. RGV’s direction leans towards a satirical approach, neglecting opportunities for deeper dramatic exploration.

The screenplay lacks engagement, resulting in a disjointed narrative that fails to captivate. The film’s disjointed feel is compounded by subpar sound design and a jarring musical score, including an unsettling song sung by RGV himself.

Despite the potential for a compelling political narrative, the film seems hurriedly constructed, with uneven editing undermining its coherence.

Technical Aspects:

RGV failed to bring his vision to life, and the film struggles with disjointed storytelling and uninspired cinematography. The music fails to set the desired tone, while editing inconsistencies disrupt the pacing in both the halves of the film.


On the whole, Shapadham is a silly and tedious political drama that squanders its promising premise. While the performances are okay, the film’s disjointed narrative and technical shortcomings undermine its impact. Audiences would be better off exploring alternative entertainment options. Rating: 1.75/5

Reviewed by 123telugu Team

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