Jai Simha review: A typical mass-masala movie with old-style narrative
Strictly for Balayya’s fans and lovers of old-style masala movies
Friday 12 January 2018
KS Ravi Kumar
Nandamuri Balakrishna, Nayanathara, Natasha Doshi, Haripriya, Brahmanandam, Prakash Raj, Ashutosh Rana, Murali Mohan, Jayaprakash Reddy, Prabhakar, Shiva Parvathi
On a hospital bed, Gowri (Nayanathara) wakes up to find her newborn baby is missing. Story cuts to reveal, a guy leaving with a new born baby in search of quite locations. The guy is Narasimha (Balakrishna) who is running away from his past life and finally settles in Kumbakonam in Tamilnadu where he gets a job as driver in a Temple daramkartha’s house. However, he also lands in trouble with a local leader and later with the town’s ACP.
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In an another incident, he comes face to face with Gowri, who is now married to the ACP. Rest of the movie is all about his love story with Gowri some years ago in Vizag, and why he had to break up with her to marry another woman and how their fates are now inter-linked.
Jai Simha, Nandamuri Balakrishna’s 102nd film, tells the story of a Vizag based mechanic who has a past life that still haunts him. The film is directed by K S Ravikumar of hits like Muthu, Narasimha, Bhamane Sathyabhamane, Sneham Kosam and Dasavatharam. His recent film was Rajinikanth starrer Linga. The story is too clichéd. The screenplay technique – a hero leading peaceful life hiding his past ought to reveal his true identity when the persons from the past life catch up again.
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The film begins in regular masala movie manner with hero-elevating fights, comedy and songs. But the comedy is stale. Brahmanandam lost his mojo long ago as a comedian and still the director has made the comedian do the same comedy that he stopped playing a decade ago.
Some punch dialogues that are aimed to please his fans are okay but rest of the dialogues are over the top. Only towards the interval bang it sustains some interest. From there, the movie goes the downhill.
There are three romantic tracks – one with Natasha (a dream sequence), the other with Nayanathara that ends abruptly, then another with Haripriya which is crucial to the story. None of these romantic tracks are interesting enough. Even the so-called sentiment scenes and hero sacrificing many things for his first love Nayanathara is told in a beaten to death manner.
Much of the time we don’t know where the film is heading. Many twists and turns later when the main plot is revealed it turns out to be silly.
Of the technicians, music director and cameraman’s work gets noticed. Music director Chirantan Bhatt has given rather different songs for a masala movie. He has given two melodies – “Anaganaga Andala Lokam” and “Priyam Jagame Anandamayam” which are good. “Amma Kutti” song is the only typical mass number. Cinematography by C Ram Prasad serves the purpose in action sequences.
Action stunts and dialogues are in old style. As a director, K S Ravikumar has shown his mark in later portion of the movie but his narrative drive is old-style.
Balakrishna’s Jai Simha is a typical mass-masala movie with old-style narrative and clichéd sequences. Some episodes in the first half hold interest though. This is strictly for Balayya’s fans and lovers of old-style masala movies.
Jai Simha review: 2.5/5 stars