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Actors “ Jai” and Reba Monica John starrer “ Jarugandi” is the movie directed by debut director “Pitchumani,” a former assistant of Venkat Prabhu. It is produced by actor Nithin Sathya and Badri Kasthuri. The film has the supporting star cast of Amit Tiwari, Daniel Annie Pope, Robo Shankar, “ Ilavarasu,” Bose Venkat, GM Kumar and Jayakumar. Bobo Shashi composed the music. RD Rajasekhar cranked the camera and Praveen KL edited the film. The film is a commercial entertainer that deals with multiple conflicts that get interwoven at different junctures. Has it got the fizz to engage the audiences? Read further to find out.
When you know that you have walked into a film that is of the commercial entertainer genre, you do not expect rocket science from what is given to you. Right from the word go, we are introduced to the plot and this does create an interest in the mind of the watchers. Jai and Daniel are friends who wish to start a travels company but lack the funds for it. They end up getting a whacky idea from Ilavarasu and go forward with it just to realize that trouble lies ahead. How they get out of this problem and how all the multiple conflicts come together forms the crux.
As for the cast, the majority of the characters seem well written and to be specific, Daniel, Bose Venkat and Robo Shankar stand out with their performances. There is quite some variation with respect to these characters. Reba Monica John who plays the female lead is not just pretty but also has a role to play. The problem she faces in the film is brought out only towards the latter half and in spite of this, it seems to add value to the script.
Jarugandi has some really quirky one liners and some no-nonsense sequences backed up by well-written dialogues. Some references within the chennai-28 team would evoke laughter among the VP fans. For instance, the use of ‘Premgi friend’, ‘Nithin Sathya friend’ and ‘Subramaniyapuram Jai’ are definite winners. A particular scene which has Robo Shankar asking for Jarugandi’s pirated VCD is also a rip roarer. These mentions worthy scenes also include some Vijay references here and there and these seem a little force fitted though they don’t really disturb any of the proceedings. As for the technicalities, the music by Bobo Shashi is pretty good and he shows promise with his background score and a couple of tracks. However, the biggest backbone is ace cinematographer RD Rajasekar’s visuals. It clearly boosts up the overall picture and takes the film one pedestal higher. There is nothing much to complain about Praveen KL’s edit and it brings in the flow that is required for this sort of a racy entertainer with most of the elements of a commercial film. Director Pitchumani has managed to get some fizz from his stunt director as well. Jarugandi, though a commercial film, has some intricate details with respect to the paperwork and that is probably the major positive as well.
What’s Not There?
Nonetheless, Jai’s Jarugandi is a well-knitted action packed commercial entertainer that has a majority of the elements sprinkled in right quantities. Pitchumani’s debut definitely does seem like a mature script that has layers within its predominant template bottle that makes it an interesting watch if minor issues are foreseen. Quite an engaging ride from team Jarugandi! Go for it with no expectations and there would be less regrets and more entertainment.
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