Jawaan review: Completely relies on the face-off between Sai Dharam Tej and Prasanna

An average action entertainer



Critic's Rating: 3/5

Friday 01 December 2017

Movie Title

Jawaan review: Completely relies on the face-off between Sai Dharam Tej and Prasanna


BVS Ravi

Star Cast

ai Dharam Tej, Mehreen, Prasanna, Kota Srinivasa Rao

Smart, but evil Kesava (Prasanna) accepts an offer from foreign forces to steal the new missile being developed by India’s DRDO. When a guy approaches a stamp vendor (Kota) to make a stamp of DRDO, their plan is leaked. Jai (Sai Dharam Tej), the stamp vendor’s disciple at RSS camp, now vows to crack the villain’s plan. He successfully thwarts Kesava’s mission. Now Kesava, who also happens to be Jai’s childhood buddy, comes down to stay at Jai’s residence. Even as Kesava threatens Jai over the phone to kill all his family members, Jai isn’t aware that the villain is just beside him. How Jai finds out that his friend is actually the villain forms the crux of the story.

Jawaan, director BVS Ravi’s second film after Wanted, begins with the hero’s introduction – an RSS karyakartha who wants to be a scientist at the DRDO. A hero being RSS candidate is a novelty (this is the first time that we are seeing such bold proclamation). Story setting in DRDO office is also another novelty.

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After such interesting setup, the movie treads in a regular way spoiling the initial mood. Perhaps to cater to the mass audiences and wider reach, the director then includes a romantic track, songs, and hero saving the missile-carrying vehicle from falling into enemies’ hands. Well, all these are typical mass-movie scenes. Such predictable scenes coupled with loud background music (even when there is no need of music, Thaman has put high decibel of sounds) have made us not to expect much further. But thankfully, director BVS Ravi catches the rhythm just before the interval and creates tense moments till the end.

From the interval, he has made the face-off between hero and villain so interesting. Although it reminds us last year’s Dhruva (Surender Reddy’s movie starring Ram Charan and Aravind Swamy), Ravi has created some nice episodes and has given his own touch here.

Prasanna sitting right in hero’s house, sending him various video footage of his family members to the mobile of Sai Dharam Tej to scare him is an interesting side of villainy. The situation of sleeping with the enemy is explored well.

But these scenes workout as long as you believe the logic that DRDO (India’s premiere Defense Institute) has such low protection system and a high-ranking police officer (played by Naga Babu) takes orders from a scientist instead of covering the protection to DRDO missiles. If you don’t delve much into logic, the second half, much-like Dhruva, is engaging.

After playing many mass-hero roles, Sai Dharam Tej has played a slightly different role. He has carried the mood rightly till the end. Prasanna as the handsome villain is perfect. Mehreen doesn’t have much to do except for dull romantic scenes and songs. Veteran actor Kota is at his usual best.

The film carries certain visual flair and mood. It is all due to K V Guhan’s camerawork. He has lent his terrific talent to elevate many simple sequences. Of the songs, Bangarooo is shot well and foot-tapping too. Songs are catchy but the background score is too loud. The film has just 132 minutes of runtime but it still is overlong. It needs to be trimmed.

Writer and director, BVS Ravi has shown a lot of growth compared to his first film Wanted (big flop). He has incorporated some interesting ideas here and has created right tension.

Jawaan is an average action entertainer that completely relies on the face-off between Sai Dharam Tej and Prasanna. If not for Dhruva, Lie and Spyder, this movie would have been a blockbuster hit. But the novelty has worn off now. Though initial set up doesn’t impress, post-interval sequences hold interest luckily.

Jawaan review: 2.75 Stars

Reactions from Social Media:
The passion to make a good box-office movie should not kill the story. It should enhance the quality and correct our shortcomings. #Jawaan is an example of how you fall prey for killing essence of your film.

Murali Krishna CH‏
#Jawaan #Review: The movie is strewn with a familiar yet uncomplicated plot. The songs come as speed-breakers and the regressive romantic track, missing emotions presented without precision, verve make things go dreary. #SaiDharamTej delivers but the film doesn't!

The Duplicate
Hero-villain mind game movie lo commercial stuff endi little power star @IamSaiDharamTej , pure mass following unna #RamCharan ye pakkana padesadu image antha #Dhruva kosam... Movies ki cult status urkine radhu#Jawaan

SaiKiran Thanneru
Sai Dharam Tej and Prasanna they are not just acted they lived in the roles of #Jai and #Keshava

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