Critic's Rating: 3/5

Thursday 25 February 2010

Movie Title



Aravind S D

Star Cast

Avinash Divakar, Sharath Lohitashwa, Harshika Poonacha, Avinash

Jugaari is the creative work of a rare combination in the Kannada film industry. The grandsons of the great comedian Narasimharaju are making their debut on the silver screen through Jugaari (Gambler), which is based on an original story.

Aravind S D has directed the film with his cousin Avinash Divakar in the lead role. The movie is about an intelligent school drop-out who uses legal loopholes to contribute to society in general.

Flashback forms a major portion of the movie. Shankara (Avinash Divakar), a high school student, is sent to the jail for killing his friend in a fit of rage. Shankara is in his late teens when he is released from the jail after serving the term.

He finds his mother, in an elderly care centre as she loses mental balance following her son?s jail sentence. He decides to help the centre by taking advantage of the corrupt practices prevailing in society.

Shankara studies the legal loopholes to lure corrupt government officials into a money-spinning racket. He uses the proceeds of the racket to fund the elderly care centre. But there is an interesting twist to the story towards the climax. It changes the focus of the film.

The narration of the story is crisp and gripping. Aravind, who spent several years on the small screen, is successful in transforming the story into reality on the big screen. The script is also interesting with Bangalore lingo adding value to the movie. The movie is also successful in portraying some of the hot corruption issues in Karnataka.

Performance of Avinash Diwakar is neat and convincing. He has received strong support from established actors like Sharath Lohitashwa, Avinash and Jadhav. Harshika Poonacha excels in the role of an advocate. Tabala Naani adds comedy element to the movie. Jugaari is a wholesome entertainer with lots of dope on Bangalore. Music by Arjun complements the storyline.

Verdict: Average

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