Duvvada Jagannadham Review: First Half Best

Introduction: Previous flick of Allu Arjun “ Sarrinodu” made him to sit on the top chair. In that film he played a total mass role for the first time. He came with a different get up (Brahmin boy) in ‘DJ” with a mix of cameo and action. Director Harish Shankar who tasted flop with ‘Ramayya Vasthavayya’ and average flick ‘Subramnayam for Sale’ with Dharam Tej, kept all his experience to give a hit keeping in mind all commercial values. Did ‘DJ’ reach the expectations of both these audience?

Story: Duvvada jagannadham Sastry aka DJ works as a cook in Annapurna caters located in a palace. His way of life is to counter wrong doings in the society in his own style. Royyala Naidu ( Rao Ramesh) tries to grab this palace after coming to know that the palace is worth crores of rupees. Naidu sends goons to force the owners to register the palace in his name. DJ meets the antagonist behind Rayudu in this fight and rest of the story is who is the antagonist and what is the relation between him and DJ and how DJ solved the issue. It has to be watched on the screen.

Cast and Performance: It is Allu Arjun all the way from frame one to the last. Allu Arjun scintillated in both roles of a Brahmin and serious in action packed scenes. Allu Arjun’s role as Brahmin boy reminds the role that Jr NTR played in the flick Adurs. But comic timing in first half by Bunny was marvellous. Mangalore born actor Pooja Hegde enthrals audience who will be a hot cake in Tollywood in coming days. Rao Ramesh did justice to his role as villain with apt costumes. Thanikella Bharani, Vennela Kishore, Posani are OK.

Technical Departments: High light of the film is as usual Music. Devi Sri Prasad gave excellent score of music both in audio and back ground music. Ayanka Bose, Bollywood cinematographer, gave fantastic visuals. Action sequences by Ram Laxman are too good which suited Allu Arjun’s style. Dialogues by Director Harish Shankar are good. Particularly, dialogue which reflects “Vijayawada PINA AMMAVARU KINDA KAMMAVAARU” receives huge applaud from audience. Harish used political scenario of AP state by mixing Agri issue in between. He also criticized the ruling party by saying it chose three crop yielding land of Amaravati was chosen as capital because of caste factor.

Highlights:

  • Allu Arjun
  • Music
  • Chemistry between Pooja and Allu Arjun
  • First half

Drawbacks:

  • Nothing new in story which is routine one
  • Dull Second Half

Analysis: First half of the film starts in a pacy way with a serious action sequence between Allu Arjun and goons and runs at brisk rate with comic scenes and duet songs. Director Harish Shankar failed to run at the same speed in the second half with audience getting bored. The scenes are so predictable that the audience can easily guess what is coming next. He failed to maintain the serious tempo which starts at interval bang.
Overall it is worth watching one time for Allu Arjun’s fans.

Primepost.in Verdict: 2.75/5

Reviewed by: Aswani Kumar

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