Jai Lava Kusa: SS Rajamouli tells Jr NTR that ‘his heart is swelling with pride’
Jr NTR’s performance has come up for much praise in Jai Lava Kusa by reviewers. Now, joining the chorus is maverick filmmaker SS Rajamouli.Updated: Sep 21, 2017 17:02 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Jai Lava Kusa, which hit screens on Thursday, has one fan already -- SS Rajamouli. The film has been directed by Bobby and has Jr NTR playing a triple role.
Rajamouli, director of the Baahubali movies, tweeting about the film, said: “Tarak.. my heart is swelling with immense pride..words are just not enough..jai JAI..?? #JaiLavaKusa”
Tarak.. my heart is swelling with immense pride..words are just not enough..jai JAI..🙏 #JaiLavaKusa— rajamouli ss (@ssrajamouli) September 21, 2017
Jai Lava Kusa is the story of Jai, Lava and Kusa, three brothers who are child artists on stage and often play characters from Indian mythology. While Lava and Kusa grow up to be normal (more or less), it is Jai who is scarred for life. As the child with a stutter, he often faces rejection. Growing up, this turns into rage. He venerates Lord Raavan and has shades of grey.
Rajamouli, whose Baahubali series broke many records, is prompt in praising the works of others. After watching the Telugu film Arjun Reddy, starring Vijay Deverakonda, the director was full of praise not only for the young actor, but the entire support cast.
Early reviews of Jai Lava Kusa have universally praised Jr NTR for his acting. However, the film itself has been described as a downer. Hindustan Times’ review says, “the film’s core idea is quite interesting but when you exit the theatre, you leave with the feeling of the director not having exploited the central theme properly”.
The review continues that the director invests too much time on the three principle characters while reduces the rest to appendages. The leading actresses, Nivetha Thomas and Rashi Khanna, have little to do in the film, even the antagonist is a mere shadow of the evil.
“Bobby writes Jai’s character with a strong purpose. When he doesn’t get the love he deserves as a kid, we empathize with his situation and later when he becomes Raavan, we still don’t hate him. However, he doesn’t write the other two characters of Jr NTR as convincingly, even though they’re performed to the tee,” says the review.
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First Published: Sep 21, 2017 17:02 IST