Jarugandi Movie Review - Jai and Reba Monica John shine in an average thriller
Updated: October 26, 2018 12:30 IST
Rating : 2.5/5
Sathyan (Jai) hails from a lower middle class background and yearns to settle in life, just like every middle-class guy. He forged the documents to get loan from a bank to set up his own travel company.
When he thinks that his life is sorted, a police officer (Bose Venkat) comes to know of his fraudulent activities and threatens to expose him.
Sathyan and his friend (Daniel Annie Pope) plan to kidnap a girl to get money from them and sort out their problem. But, they get entangled in a huge problem which involves a kidnapper (Amit of Bigg Boss Telugu fame) from Mumbai.
How will Jai out of this tricky situation is told in an intriguing way.
Jai as a middle-class guy is perfect for the role. He does nothing extra or anything less. He has multiple dimensions to portray on-screen such as a car thief to being a conservative lad.
Unlike usual commercial pot-boilers, heroine Reba Monica John has a huge role to play. Interestingly, she is not shown as a dumb heroine who just sings and dances to the tunes of the hero.
Daniel Annie Pope is tailor-made for the role of sidekick. He has done the same from Idharkuthaane Aasaipattai Balakumara. In Jarugandi, his role is no different.
Director Pitchumani has taken a cliched story of how a middle-class guy emerge as a hero. He has incorporated all elements necessary for a commercial flick and it has worked for the most part.
Also, the director should be appreciated for writing a strong role for a heroine. Reba’s role in Jarugandi is refreshing to watch on-screen.
In a scene where she gets kidnapped by Jai and Daniel, she doesn’t cry and call for help. She takes note of the environment she is in and plans to escape.
It takes courage to take a predictable story and make it interesting. Pitchumani has managed to do that exactly.
Reba has a limited screen presence in the first half of Jarugandi. But, she has put up a restrained yet subtle performance that suits her role perfectly.
However, the making of Jarugandi looks half-baked. Somehow, certain sequences in the film doesn’t seem coherent.
Robo Shankar and Daniel Annie Pope’s comedy fails to invoke laughter and we are forced to stay invested in the film during such sequences.
Jai’s role is nothing different from his earlier films. It’s be interesting to see him in diverse roles.
Pitchumani’s Jarugandi could have been a well-made commercial film if the director did away with cinematic cliches. But, if you managed to look past the minor flaws, Jarugandi can be watched once and it won’t disappoint you.