Boyapati Sreenu is a brand for mass and action centered entertainment. His Jaya Janaki Nayaka with Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas has been in news for lavish production standards and high publicity. After Alludu Sreenu and Speedunnodu, the young hero pinned many hopes on JJN which has hit screens today. Let us see, what the film is all about?
Gagan (Bellamkonda Sai) is a college young guy, son of rich industrialist (Sarath Kumar). Gagan’s character impresses college-mate Sweety aka Janaki (Rakul Preet Singh) and they both get gradually attracted into love. On the other side, two more top class businessmen Ashwat Narayana Varma and Arun Pawar (Jagapathi Babu and Tarun Arora) get into a bloody clash regarding a National roadways project which involves victimization of Highway Authorities of Indian Chairman (Jayaprakash).
How is Sweety connected with this entire project contract? How her life fell in deep threat? How Gagan rescues her from every situation with his unconditional pure love is rest of the film.
Story of the film has too many premises and plenty of artists thus making the narrative baffled at times but screenplay is crystal clear despite the above lapse. Away from his typical narrative style pillared on mere action, Boyapati dealt a matured love story without missing his typical storytelling pattern. For example, the way Boyapati introduces Jagapathi Babu and Arun Pawar characters to audience is at substantial peaks. Later on, Boyapati took time to coalesce the independent tracks where the film wandered at some leisure pace without a central goal. Direction wise, Boyapati’s trademark action sequences like the one at interval block, second Hamsala Deevi and third climax are full of goose bumps. Definitely, JJN is not a methodical Boyapati flick and writing is also observed to be more sensitive.
Rishi Punjabi’s camera work is top notch. Every block or frame set for action sequences generated thrilling experience. Editor Kotagiri Venkateshwara Rao had every chance to curtail the length by at least few minutes because the embarrassing track of Pragya Jaiswal found no big importance to the whole film. Devi Sri Prasad scored 7 songs which are picturized luxuriously and background score is exhilarating. Stunt masters Ram Lakshman took JJN to next level with their death defying compositions which stood apart. Production standards from Miriyala Ravinder Reddy and Dwaraka Creations are far above mind blowing.
Onto artists, Bellamkonda Sai developed a strapping physique in his dynamic transformation exploited too well in three fights. Though he missed on expression and dialogue delivery at times, this film is a huge morale booster. He danced well and emoted to his best possible level in the process of sympathizing with his honesty in love and word given to his father. Rakul Preet Singh impresses as entire story revolves around Janaki. She looked gorgeous in first half while in second half, the characterization became too weighty. Jagapathi Babu yet again steals the show with his strong screen presence and unique body language in rich costumes. Negativity in prestige worked good on him. Tarun Arora is one more artist needs a mention for some bloodthirsty antagonism. Pragya Jaiswal and Vani Vishwanath restricted for couple of scenes. Catherine Tresa was hot in special song. Tamil artist Jayaprakash was an apt choice for Rakul’s father role. Dhanya Balakrishna and others formed rest of the big team.
Over Dosed Action
Clumsy Second Half
A film can be called Boyapati brand film only if it has high voltage action sequences. JJN falls into Boyapati’s typical genre filled with three such amazingly designed stunts presented Bellamkonda Sai in a new light. At the same time, JJN has an atypical romantic touch which is odd expected from a man like Boyapati and Rakul balanced it very well.
First half though hasn’t got enough of story to move-on; major screen time is captured on character introduction with plenty of tracks. While Jagapathi Babu’s business empire is richly exhibited, atmosphere at Bellamkonda Sai, Sarath Kumar house was differently projected. There comes in Tarun Arora just before starting actual love track. Interval block with huge fight sequence is purely a commercial format bang with a twist on Rakul.
Second half is filled with high emotional dose and huge volumes of hardcore action which is though canned on high standards. Story goes haywire with JB, Tarun Arora joining hands with Suman’s involvement linked to beginning of film. Hamsala Deevi episode stood out and out a visual feast. In between couple of songs hold the attention with glamour show. Hospital fight scene and moving to climax, Boyapati makes it more and more action filled.
All in all, JJN is a Boyapati mark film with matured love story which will cater to lower order audience as there is action in abundance. A little more cautiousness in mid portions could have pulled the film to next level yet JJN is a safe watch. Commercially, the film has high probability to stick in B, C centers. CJ goes with 2.75 stars for Boyapati and Bellamkonda Sai.