Supreme Star Sai Dharam Tej is under stress with a series of flops shaking hands with him in this year. He teamed up with director BVS Ravi of Wanted fame starring Mehreen as heroine for Jawaan that released today in theaters. Said to be a patriotic flick written around DRDO (Defense Research and Development Organization), let us see how far Jawaan will help SDT’s career?
Jai (Sai Dharam Tej) is an ordinary middle class youngster with a typical family and a batch of good friends. His only ambition is to secure a job in DRDO propelled by ideals and support of ex-DRDO employee Baba (Kota Srinivas Rao). He falls in love with Bhargavi (Mehreen). On the other side, mafia man Keshava (Prasanna) and his team sign a 500 Crores deal to seize DRDO’s extensively researched product of powerful and light weight missile system.
Jai who gets aware of this plan with killing of Baba forms Team Jawaan to save our Nation. However, Keshava plays clever mind game by keeping Jai’s family at risk. How Jai overcomes all the hurdles to wipe off Keshava is the rest.
Jawaan is purely a serious Nationalistic subject that needs to be dealt on a big span with lot of conviction. Core idea though sounds repetitive and vigorously tested yet it has enough juice to make a commercial entertainer gluing patriotism and family emotions with sensible message together. BVS Ravi misses the mark by a mile with bland screenplay and pitiful direction. Except a couple of dialogues in flow and couple of well executed scenes here-n-there, there’s nothing much to connect with. In fact, Ravi’s puerile approach of handling National Security as a silly joke is unpardonable. Every situation he cooked up to support the narrative and tagline of Intikokkadu is a déjà vu. One can find Trivikram’s Julayi intelligence and Ramcharan’s Dhruva inspirational shades throughout in Jawaan’s hero Vs villain confrontation track. KV Guhan’s camera work is flawless while SR Sekkhar’s editing has got few jerks into this rather serious storytelling. Thaman’s background stands out in crucial parts while songs aren’t to the mark. Production values from Dil Raju, Krishna of Arunachal Creations are fine.
Sai Dharam Tej appeared on a sudden transition. He played this responsible, content rich character very decently. This is altogether different ball game for a hero who did romantic and action centered roles till now. Mehreen hasn’t got anything challenging except romancing and dancing with hero. Love track on these two is handled well. Prasanna as a stylish villain resembled more of Aravind Swamy in Dhruva. He is subtle, stylish and handsome with a gracious screen presence. Kota in a brief role stood as central spine in driving hero’s character. Jayaprakash, Sathyam Rajesh, Subba Raju and others did their part.
Sai Dharam Tej
To put it straight, BVS Ravi set himself a very high target by touching a broader Nationalistic storyline filled with patriotic fervor balanced on a family footing. The plot inherently has strong message to carry home but it is screenplay and direction exposed the imperfections in handling. Though Sai Dharam and Prasanna’s roles added some weight, lot more depth and sincerity was needed to persuade the audience. As a visionary writer, BVS Ravi succeeded to large but as an executer, he fell flat on nose.
Beginning the first half impressively from childhood episodes of Sai Dharam Tej and Prasanna, a parallel chord between two main pillars is drawn profusely. Once story jumps to present, Ravi made the film very serious devoid of any entertainment. Despite there is ample scope to add a bit of humor and make the narrative interesting, he immediately jumped onto core element right with introduction of evil Prasanna. On the other side, Sai’s romance and songs with Mehreen were refreshed. Establishing the DRDO point and motivation Sai gets from Kota are acceptable. Whole of 500 Crore assignment for Octopus and Rubber Stamp episode were silly. Shifting the Octopus to Delhi and Prasanna’s sketch to steal it could have handled better before taking on an interesting interval block.
Second half begins with Anish Kurivilla’s brief explanation of Octopus and thus comes first face to face interaction between Sai and Prasanna thus paving the way for mind games. Prasanna settling in Sai’s house and the SIM card scenes along with Jaya Prakash arrest safely passed the time. One scene here on Sai explaining about failures in his middle class family touches directly at heart. Next 20 minutes for pre climax and climax are again weakest portions which affected Jawaan’s overall output. After watching grippingly narrated patriotic flicks like Tuppaki, one can easily sense the innumerable flaws.
All in all, Jawaan is a high standard idea of National Security and DRDO which went erratic in execution due to poor screenplay and weak direction. Despite Sai Dharam and Prasanna gave their best to hold the interest on, director in BVS Ravi disappointed audience big time. Commercial verdict has to be wait and seen. CJ goes with 2.5 star rating.