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Jabardasth review

Nandini Reddy
Siddharth, Samantha, Nithya Menen, Sunil
Bellamkonda Suresh
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Running away from his creditors, Byrraju (Siddharth) lands in a marriage hall. We are told that he failed in all his business ventures and landed in Hyderabad.

He eavesdrops in the conversation of Shreya (Samantha) with her friend and learns her plans of getting a job at city`s leading wedding planner. He goes to the wedding planner first and tells all the ideas he heard from Shreya to the planner and clinches the job.

Shreya comes to know about it and confronts him. They soon become friends and start floating their own business of an event management company. She soon falls in love with him but he has other ideas. Rest of the drama is the usual lovers` journey that ends on a happy note.

Director Nandini Reddy shot to fame with her maiden film, Ala Modalaindi, a romantic drama, which was a fresh take on romance. It won appreciation and also was a box-office hit.

In her second film, Jabardasth, she copies the basic plot from the Anuska Sharma and Ranvir starrer Bollywood hit, Band Baaja Baaraat (2010) and creates her own concoction. This brew has turned out to be pretty bland. What we miss here is the ingenuity that she showed in her first film.

We regularly see films that are copied from other movies blatantly, so we should not mull over that aspect much but the problem with Jabardasth is that the director has tried to give her own `version` to the line of Band Baaja Baaraat, which ends up as neither here nor there.

Moreover, the romantic scenes of Siddharth and Samantha are poorly executed; the characters are even more poorly etched except Nithya`s con woman character. The lead pair fall in love hurriedly, they separate after a song, and realize their mistake in the end in a hurry. Their love is superficial. Their romantic track is one-dimensional. There is no emotional depth.

Yes, there are couple of entertaining scenes but the laughs are forced. Although the second half is better than the first part, it is not the saving grace. Best parts of the movie are the portions involved with Nithya Menen.

Nitya Menen in her brief 10-15 minutes role makes more impact than the lead pair of the movie. Her mischievous acting style brings the energy to the dull proceedings. Siddharth has tried hard to do provide comedy with his `butler English`. He and Samantha make a good pair to look at, but their characters are poorly written. Samantha, like always, looks beautiful but she goes overboard when it comes to acting.

Srihari`s role is not effective. Arjunan, Dharmavarapu, Tagubothu Ramesh, Venu, Shayaji Shinde and Vennela Kishore help push the non-happening story forward.

On technical front, Mahesh Muthuswamy and Sanjay Loknath`s cinematography is decent. The film has couple of good numbers by Taman. Veligonda Srinivas`s dialogues are not very effective. Kona Venkat and director Nandini Reddy`s screenplay is bad. Nandini Reddy seems to have lost the track with the script mid-way.

Poorly etched characters, heavily hackneyed storyline, Jabardasth fails to impress. Even Sid and Sam`s hot pairing is not enough to save this not so Jabardasth film.

Rating: 2.5/5


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