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Custody Movie Review And Cast

Custody is a gripping rustic drama that is largely based on a screenplay. Ilaiyaraaja and Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music, SR Kathir’s cinematographer and Abburi Ravi’s dialogues aid the film. Naga Chaitanya stars in this Tamil-Telugu bilingual directed by Venkat Prabhu. The film features Priyamani, Sharat Kumar, Goparaju Ramana and Sampath Raj in supporting roles.

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Despite its powerful title and an interesting plot, Custody fails to make it big at the box office. The movie mainly suffers due to the weak narration and repeated chase scenes. It also lags behind with the songs and background music.

Naga Chaitanya delivers a decent performance. He manages to get the right look and demeanour for his role. However, he is not able to make an impact with his acting. Krithi Shetty is also alright with her limited screen time. She is expected to deliver a much more solid performance as the female lead. But the director misses it completely. He stretches out the action blocks on predictable lines which bore the audience. It also lacks the core conflict point between the protagonist and antagonist.


The film has a strong cast with Naga Chaitanya as the protagonist and Priyamani playing a crucial role in the flixtor movies. Her performance is commendable and she elicits an impressive response from the audiences. The film also stars Sharat Kumar, Sampath Raj, Premgi Amaren, Vennela Kishore, and others in supporting roles.

Custody does have its share of issues. It wobbles when it explores a cliched emotional backstory and some of the humour in the first half doesn’t work either. There’s also a scene in the second half that looks like a hat-tip to Kamal Haasan’s Vikramin.

Despite these, the film has some gripping action scenes and a good storyline. The background score by Ilaiyaraaja and Yuvan Shankar Raja is well-composed and SR Kathir’s cinematographer adds value to the movie.

Sharat Kumar

Naga Chaitanya and Krithi Shetty make for a solid team, but the film is let down by some unnecessary scenes in the first half. Fortunately, the pace picks up after the 40th minute and the movie turns into a gripping action-thriller. SR Kathir’s cinematography, Ilaiyaraaja and Yuvan Shankar Raja’s background score and Abburi Ravi’s dialogues also work in the movie’s favour.

Custody is a hugely satisfying entertainer thanks to its power-packed action and thrilling scenes. Naga Chaitanya impresses as a fearless police constable who takes on the bad guys. He is ably supported by Priyamani, Sharat Kumar, Premgi Amaren and Vennela Kishore.

Goparaju Ramana

Goparaju Ramana may not be a household name to many, but the actor has worked in some well-known movies including Gauthami Putra Shatakarni, Sashirekha Parinayam, Baanam, etc. He is the dad of Anand Devarakonda in this movie, and he does an impressive job with his role.

He adds depth to the character by delivering his dialogues with the right emotions, and even makes us laugh a few times. Besides, he has done a great job with the action sequences in the film.

Custody is a thriller with a good cast. However, it lacks a proper story and script. The director uses a lot of trademark Venkat Prabhu flourishes like peppering the narrative with humour without diluting the tense moments. This makes the film more entertaining than it should be.

Sampath Raj

Custody is the story of a rookie cop and a high-profile fugitive. Venkat Prabhu peppers the narrative with humour but does not let it dilute the tense scenes.

Naga Chaitanya gets a layered characterisation long after Sekhar Kammula’s Love Story and he delivers. He is ably supported by Priyamani and Ramki. Sharat Kumar and Goparaju Ramana also play their parts well.

The biggest flaw in Custody is the love track that runs parallel to the main story. This could have been avoided as it hinders the film’s layered story. Also, the director’s liking for comedy barges into scenes where it is not needed. Hence, the film becomes a bore. Nevertheless, it has some interesting action scenes and BGM. Ilayaraja and Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music score is impressive.

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