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Janatha Garage review: Mohanlal, NTR set the screen on fire

Janatha Garage review: Mohanlal, NTR set the screen on fire

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By: Telugucinema.com

Thursday 1 September 2016

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Movie Title

Janatha Garage

Director

Koratala Siva

Star Cast

NTR Jr, Mohanlal, Samantha, Nithya Menen

Anand (NTR), a student of environmental science in Mumbai, lives for saving the nature. He files cases and fights against the forces that damage the environmental space.

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On the other hand in Hyderabad, Satyam (Mohanlal) runs a garage but he also protects the local people from all injustices. People approach him for all kinds of help and he can't live without helping them. In the process, a big corporate company owner Mukesh (Sachin Khedekar) turns his foe as Satyam rejects Mukesh's plan of turning a slum into a real estate development project.

Satyam's son Raghava (Unni) is attracted to power and money. To study how a growing city like Hyderabad would cope with environmental concerns, Anand comes from Mumbai to Hyderabad and happens to meet Satyam. What is the connection between Satyam and Anand and how his life turns from there forms the rest of the story.

The first film in the combination of NTR and hot shot director Koratala Siva deals with the subject of protecting Mother Nature. It is told in a commercial movie format. Like his previous movie Srimanthudu, the director has blended the 'message' with all commercial ingredients like terrific fights, family drama, romance and songs. While the concoction was perfect in Srimanthudu, here it goes missing.

The movie begins straight away talking about how Mohanlal came to Hyderabad, established Janatha Garage and turned into a messiah to the local people. And then he also introduces his hero who loves plants, earth more than his maradalu Bujji (Samantha). So far so good! Trouble begins soon. In a slow pace, the director tells two parallel stories - one of Mohanlal and his garage and other of NTR. In between we get to see the scenes involving NTR and Samantha and NTR and Nithya Menen which are very dulll.

Post interval the movie shifts to Hyderabad and NTR taking charge of Janatha Garage, and getting drawn into family issues. The second half has some good scenes though - like 'GHMC Episode', 'Mohanlal collapsing when he realizes that nobody is coming to him', and 'the climax'. These two or three scenes stand out in this predictable drama.

There are also traces of Prasthanam - the angle of Mohanlal, NTR and Unni. And the climax scene is completely outdated. In fact, it is straight out of Kondaveeti Simhasanam.

NTR has once again come up with fine performance. He has played two sides of his character effectively - as cool guy Anand, the student, and also the hot blooded youngster who can go at any length to save his uncle. Some of his scenes with the power house performer Mohanlal are clap worthy. Mohanlal, who recently acted in a straight Telugu film Manamantha, is a pillar to the movie. His gaze and eye movements convey vivid expressions. He is the strength of the movie in every way.

The film has umpteen numbers of actors but none of them make much impact. Both heroines Samantha and Nithya Menen are mere props for some songs. Both their roles are poorly written. Villain Unni Mukundan pales in front of NTR. Sachin Khedekar is okay.

Well-known cinematographer Thiru in his debut work in Telugu has lent good visuals. Art work is perfect and much of the film is shot indoors. Music by Devi Sri Prasad is average. Of the songs 'Pranamam Pranamam' (with superb lyrics by Rama Jogaiah) and 'Rock It on Bro' stand out. Sharper editing of the movie is needed as the pace of the movie is pretty slow and also lingers on unnecessary scenes. Fights by Anal Arsu are okay.

As writer and director, Koratala Siva has failed to come up with an engrossing script and narration. His ideas are okay but all scenes reek of predictability and seem outdated. He shines only in couple of scenes.

NTR's fine performance and Mohanlal's charismatic presence make the movie an average fare despite lethargic pace, predictable script and narration devoid of any high moments.

Janatha Garage review: 3 stars