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Jugalbandi is a dramedy written, produced, and directed by Divakar Dimdima. This film has been distributed under the banner of Visica Films. Prasad HM is the ed

Jugalbandi Movie Review

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Review for the film " Jugalbandi"
Runtime: 02 Hour 17 Minutes
Certificate: UA
Released: 01-03-2024
Genre: Drama
3 / 5.0
3.47 / 5.0

Jugalbandi DD Bharati is a television channel that aims to br >> Read More... is a dramedy written, produced, and directed by Divakar Dimdima. This film has been distributed under the banner of Visica Films. Prasad HM is the editor of this film. This film has an ensemble cast of Manasi Sudhir Manasi Sudhir is an Indian film actress who is pre >> Read More... , Yash Shetty Yash Shetty is an Indian actor who predominantly a >> Read More... , Santhosh Ashray Bio coming soon... >> Read More... , Ashwin Rao Pallakki Bio coming soon... >> Read More... , Archana Kottige Archana Kottige is a Kannada movie actress born on >> Read More... , Prakash Belagal, Chandraprabha G Yuvaka, Ranjan, etc. The film got a theatrical release on 1 March 2024.       

Plot

A novice thief tries his luck at a palatial home to steal a priceless crystal. However, he is trapped inside. At the same time, a deaf and mute thief enters the same location, trying his best to achieve the crystal. On the other hand, a childless couple is looking for ways to adopt a child. Who will prevail in the end?

Star Performances

For an anthology film, Divakar Dimdima has done a surprisingly good job. Despite having nothing very innovative in the plot line, he did a fine job of creating an engaging narrative.

The ensemble cast also did justice to their respective roles. Amongst them, Yash Shetty, Santhosh Ashray, and Manasi Sudhir stand out for their brilliant performances.

Analysis

Making a good anthology in Indian cinema has always been a challenge, irrespective of which region you come from in Indian cinema. When you have nothing out of the blue for a story, the job becomes even tougher.

So how is ‘Jugalbandi’ as an anthology? This Kannada dramedy has at least three stories interconnected with a common theme: desire. Two bumbling thieves vying for the jackpot, while a childless couple aiming to get a child for themselves is not exactly a great start for a dramedy.

However, the way Divakar Dimdima has directed it changes the equation. Yes, the film is far from outstanding. However, unlike most of the Kannada releases in the past few weeks, ‘Jugalbandi’ is not boring either. It is surprisingly good in terms of delivering entertainment. If you’re one, who wants to be entertained, irrespective of the nuance or detail, ‘Jugalbandi’ is the film for you.

The pace of the film is uneven, in some cases, it is slightly sluggish as well. However, the cinematography, as well as the acting performances more than make up for that. Amongst them, Yash Shetty, Santhosh Ashray, and Manasi Sudhir stand out for delivering great performances, which lift the standards of this movie to a large extent. The sequence of the bumbling thieves is the best one, and each actor involved with the same leaves a solid impression.  

What's There?

  • A decent narrative
  • Some good direction by Divakar Dimdima
  • Great performances from the ensemble cast

What's Not There?

  • Uneven pace of the film
  • Not so impressive second half

Verdict

‘Jugalbandi’ is one film that not many would have looked forward to. However, the direction by Divakar Dimdima, as well as the narrative of the screenplay makes it a surprisingly good affair. The acting performances more than make up for the flaws of the film, if any. You can watch this for some mindless entertainment!


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