Jaya Janaki Nayaka Review: A regular commercial movie

The story is thin and the screenplay doesn’t have surprises



Critic's Rating: 3/5

Saturday 12 August 2017

Movie Title

Jaya Janaki Nayaka Review: A regular commercial movie


Boyapati Srinu

Star Cast

Bellamkonda Sreenivas, Rakul Preet Singh, Pragya Jaiswal, Catherine Tresa, Jagapathi Babu

Sweety (Rakul) is attracted to Gagan (Bellamkonda Sai Srinivas) when she sees his daring attitude in her college and soon she comes to know about his lovable father and brother. Sweety’s father marries her off to the son of a businessman Aswat Varma (Jagapathi Babu) as he doesn’t like Gagan’s family’s reputation. Though Gagan’s father is rich businessman, they are known for their drinking habits.

A heartbroken Gagan leaves for Vizag to forget Sweety. Sweety’s husband gets killed on her wedding day by a liquor don who is Varma's rival. The don orders his men to kill all the members of Varma family and bring the widow Sweety. When Gagan is travelling with his friend (Pragya), the men attack Varma and Gagan saves him. Then he meets Sweety again and now he has to save her.

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Director Boyapati Srinu has a distinct style in packaging mass-entertainers. He writes strong characters for his heroes and they can do anything for their loved ones. In this movie, Boyapati makes his hero look like Rama who fights with Ravana as heroine is trapped. His heroes have only a few lines too. In the entire first half, hero Bellamkonda Srinivas hardly opens his mouth to speak. He is reserved for most part of the movie except in situations where he has to flex his muscles. In the latter part of the movie, this silent guy turns violent and also loud.

Boyapati has used the template storyline and his narration goes in a familiar mode. The first half of the movie doesn’t hold much interest but the post-interval sequences have enough meat to make it a watchable mass-entertainer. There is a lengthy action episode shot in “Hamsala Deevi” in Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh that is quite beautiful and also intense. These kind of mass action sequences have worked in the past.

The story is thin and the screenplay doesn’t have surprises. It is a typical Boyapati movie that runs with regular tropes.

Of the performances, lead hero Bellamkonda Srinivas is neat. He looks bulky and he has shown his mark in second half. Rakul is okay. Pragya does not have much to do. Catherine appears in an item number. Jagapathi Babu as Varma is good. Sharat Kumar as father and Nandu are effective. Sithara in a brief role impresses.

Technically, the movie is rich. Full marks should be given to Rishi Punjabi who has filmed the movie on a lavish scale. This is the first film that has captured the locations of Hamsala Deevi in all its majesty. The action stunts are top class. Songs by Devi Sri Prasad are okay. “Nee Valle Nee Valle” and “Item song” are catchy.

Dialogues by Rathnam are the typical massy variety.

Jaya Janaki Nayaka is an action love drama that has rich visuals and one best-action episode (Hamsala Deevi sequence). It is a regular commercial movie in Boyapati’s style that will work with the mass audiences.

Jaya Janaki Nayaka Review: 3 stars

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