Movie Review: Jawaan

RATING: 2.75/5

OVERVIEW: Jai (Sai Dharam Tej) is a scientist in DRDO. A foreigner offers an Indian bad guy Keshav (Prasanna) Rs 500 Cr if he can steal a new kind of missile called Octopus being developed by DRDO and bring it to his place.Jai averts Keshav’s first plan successfully. So, Keshav, who is also Jai’s classmate in highschool, enters Jai’s life and threatens him in a clever way. Jai has to save his family as well as save the country now.

REVIEW: Jawaan starts off on an interesting note and the character of Tej has been well designed. Soon after the film gets into a serious note, one will not get impressed with the narration as it has enough flaws especially DRDO part. The process of designing the country’s biggest missile seems to be unconvincing. The songs are barriers and they fail to make an impact im first half. With an interesting interval bang, the first half of Jawaan manages to be decent.

Sai Dharam Tej as young RSS candidate-cum-DRDO scientist has done good job. This role is more of an intelligent one and he has pulled it off neatly.Prasanna as the main sophisticated villain is good. Subbaraju and Kota in brief and key roles create impact. This is another film that proves that Mehreen neither has looks nor acting skills. She has also gained too much of weight.

Heroine Mehran glamour has limited scope and she appears super than her earlier films . But for one or two scenes she is contained in frames of song sequences and her beauty stands out .Other actors in the movie-Naga babu,Jayaprakash, Iswari Rao,Subba Raju, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Satyam Rajesh have done justice to their roles.
The look of the film is just about okay. The DRDO set up and the entire terrorist activity around it has been re-created on just an ordinary note. Production values are average but the camera work was decent. Locations chosen for the film are quite new and look good on screen. Lyrics of the songs are pretty nice and so was Thaman’s music. Editing is apt and looks neat.

Coming to the director BVS Ravi, he has put in some half-hearted approach to the film. Though he has written the storyline quite well, his execution is below par. There is nothing great to rave about in the film as a good sequence is followed by some silly and boring elements. He has failed to create the depth which a patriotic film needs and showcases the film in just an ordinary note.

Final verdict of the film is ‘Jawaan’ has good message oriented theme but it’s predictable narration and poor villainy backdrop makes it pretty ordinary film on a whole.Things are left to Sai Dharam Tej’s brilliant performance and he single-handedly rallies the film till the end.

–panchajanya