|Jai Bolo Telangana|
|Jagapathi Babu, Smrithi Irani, Meera Nandan, Sandeep, CVL, Desipati Srinivas, Mallepalli Laksmaiah, and others|
Her son Varshith (Sandeep) doesn't want to become a martyr by participating in the on going movement for a separate Telagana state. He falls for the charms of Sahaja (Meera Nandan), who hails from Vijayawada. Rest of the movie is about how Varshith joins the movement and also wins his love against all odds.
Telangana movement has a long history but the on-going agitation for separate state from Andhra Pradesh is more intense than ever. The current movement attracted international recognition, and people in the state have divided.
Director N Shankar took the initiative to reflect the mood and sentiments of the people and the movement in this film, Jai Bolo Telangana. His movie documents the recent events but fails to tell a moving story. More than narrating a touching story, he focuses more on the incidents that we have already seen on Television channels. So, in a way, the film is a poorly made documentary than a good cinema about the great Telangana movement.
Strength of the film, is its songs. Scenes of Chari's suicide, Meera Nandan's confrontation with her brother and Gaddar's song stand out in the film.
Shankar sporadically touches the rich heritage, unique culture and warmth of the people of this region but finally gives the message that people should not be divided but regions.
Jagapathi Babu plays the martyr Bandagi Gopanna and he also enacts the role of Gopanna's father in a flashback. Jagapathi Babu is okay but he lacks the fervor. But one should appreciate him for proving that actors are beyond regional barriers. Well-known TV actress Smrithi Irani is dignified in the role she played. Sandeep is okay but it is Meera Nandan who scores with her performance. The guy who played the role of Chari is best among other actors. Nagineedu, Janardhan Maharshi, AVS and others are okay.
Gaddar in his brief role brings verve to the narration. Telangana Rashtra Samiti president K Chandrasekhar Rao is seen in a blink and miss act.
Chakri's music is the soul. All songs are superb. Dialogues are also good. On the whole the film does not have any scenes or dialogues that would hurt anyone's sentiments.
One should appreciate Shanakar for picking up such a topical subject and trying to document the long history of Telangana movement but he should have concentrated more on script.
Jai Bolo Telangana captures the mood and sentiments of the people but it is not shot well.