Duvvada Jaggandham movie review: Allu Arjun’s film is predictable but fun
Arjun is undoubtedly the most promising commercial cinema actor but sadly he is stuck in this whirlpool where he ends up doing films that are so predictable.Updated: Jun 23, 2017 16:30 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Cast: Allu Arjun, Pooja Hegde, Rao Ramesh, Subbaraju
Director: Harish Shankar
Allu Arjun’s Duvvada Jaggandham aka DJ falls in the same category of most Telugu commercial films that suffer from predictability and don’t quite work wholesomely. However, it’s the kind of film that impresses with its innovative writing towards the end, making the climax almost the best stretch of the whole film and making up for the all the cringe-worthy first half and nearly passable second.
Arjun is undoubtedly the most promising commercial cinema actor but sadly he is stuck in this whirlpool where he ends up doing films that are so predictable, you can judge their climax even with your eyes closed. It’s a shame that a star of his caliber isn’t used to his potential.
In DJ, like most of his films, Arjun dances like a dream, delivers dialogues flawlessly and gives an energetic performance. Sadly, we have seen all of it in his earlier films and that’s precisely what makes him one who isn’t stepping out of his comfort zone. And the one time he tried going against the grain in Vedam, things didn’t work in his favor.
Harish Shankar, known for delivering one of the biggest blockbusters, Gabbar Singh, does surprise you with the way he handles the climax, assuring that he’s a filmmaker who likes to innovate. The last stretch of DJ, leading to the climax, is probably the reason the film will work with the masses as it packs a solid and thoroughly entertaining punch.
DJ, otherwise, is your regular commercial film that relies on familiar tropes that are usually associated with this kind of cinema. It has Pooja Hegde in her most glamorous avatar and she sets the screen on fire. After a dud like Mohenjo Daro, it’s a pity she relies on a sleaze fest to draw attention but it works and how.
DJ is what most commercial Telugu films stand for but it’s still fun, thanks to some degree of creativity in writing.
First Published: Jun 23, 2017 16:08 IST