Behind the Screens:
Nandamuri Balakrishna who delivered his first Rs.50 Crore Share film with his Prestigious 100th film, ‘Gautamiputra Satakarni’ for last Sankranthi is looking to deliver another hit in this Sankranthi as well with his new film, ‘Jai Simha’ releasing today. Let us see how the movie has fared with the audience.
Narasimha (Balayya) is an angry young man who goes any extent to make the truth win. He falls in love with Gowri (Nayantara) but her father (Prakash Raj) do not agree to their marriage. Balayya and Nayantara get married to others but even then, he resorts to two supreme sacrifices for her. What are those? What happens next in their lives forms the rest of the story.
Balayya is gushing energy as always. He does a terrific job, be it in dances, fights or dialogue delivery. Dance, particularly in Amma Kutti Song, is a treat for fans and the masses. On the flip side, ageing is clearly visible and the getups / makeup adds to that. The story revolves around Nayantara but she does not have much scope to perform. In whatever she is offered, she carries that with grace. Natasha Doshi is glamourous while Hari Priya is okay as Balayya’s wife. Prakash Raj gets a tailor made role and he is good. Murali Mohan is okay as well. Brahmi gets a lengthy role and his track is routine. There are many other characters which come and go in a rush.
Writer M Ratnam has chosen a routine and stone-age old story for this film. It is a huge challenge for someone to pick such a story high on sentiment for Balayya and later stuffed with action blocks here and there. Dialogues are good but not up to the mark for a Balayya film. KS Ravikumar, the director combined it with routine narration. The good part however, there is nothing overdose in the film, be it in fights or dialogues.
Chiratan Bhatt has come up songs suiting the image of Balayya and some of them are decently shot. Amma Kutti stands out. Ram Prasad’s Camera Work is okay while Editing could have been a lot better. Action Choreography is good and Production Values are not on par.
The first half of the film is okay with decent proceedings and the director sets stage for the second half with good interval twist. But the narration gives a old-fashion feel. Brahmi Comedy Track aimed at the masses gives a down to death feeling. Second half starts well but the flash back episode is excruciatingly long which test the patience. The twist before the interval is interesting but story falls apart once it is revealed. A good portion of the flashback can be chopped easily. Finally the movie ends up as a okayish attempt.
Jai Simha – Okayish Stuff
Cast: Balakrishna, Nayantara, Hari Priya, Natasha Doshi, and Others
Screenplay, Direction: KS Ravikumar
Story, Dialogues: M Ratnam
Producer: C Kalyan
Music: Chirantan Bhatt
Cinematographer: C Ram Prasad
Editor: Praveen Antony
Banner: CK Entertainments Ltd
Release Date: January, 12th, 2018