Review : Duvvada Jagannadham (DJ)

'Duvvada Jagannadham' (DJ)  Movie Review

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Release date : June 23, 2017
Chai SamoSa Rating : 3.25/5
Director : Harish Shankar
Producer : Dil Raju
Music Director : Devi Sri Prasad
Starring : Allu Arjun, Pooja Hegde                                                                                                                 

DJ STORY: Duvvada Jagannadha Sastry alias DJ is a traditionally raised Brahmin guy from Vijayawada who runs a catering business. He doesn’t hold back from taking things into his hands for the greater good, thanks to ethics instilled in him by his grandfather. Now, DJ, with help from a unassertive cop (Murali Sharma), is hot on the heels of Royyala Naidu, the backbone of an ‘Agro Diamond’ scam, and is set to meet him through a series of twists in tale.

DJ REVIEW: “Cigarettelu, Mandu Arogyaniki chethaha, chethasya, Chethobhyaha”, Allu Arjun’s character says in typical mantra recital style, leaving the audience in splits. Throughout the movie, he switches between two characters — Jagannadha Sastry and DJ; the focus is on the hero’s elevation as a distinctive Brahmin panthulu.

DJ banks on the age-old concept of dushta sikshana (evil will be punished) and takes vigilante-like efforts for the common good. Reason? People have been left shaken by a scam that was masterminded by Royyala Naidu (Rao Ramesh).

In his other avatar, Jagannadha Sastry meets Pooja (Pooja Hegde), a fashion designer (but we do not get to see her doing pretty much anything), during his cousin Vighneswara Sastry (Vennela Kishore)’s wedding. Pooja plays a prank on Jagannadha and woos him. Pooja bares her glamorous side and a lot of skin too — she looks smokin’ hot in a swimsuit.

When Jagannadha confesses his love for her, she rejects it only to realise later that she too harbours romantic feelings for him. The moment of epiphany comes when her influential Home Minister dad, Kusumam (Posani Krishnamurali) arranges a match with Chintu (Subbaraju), the son of main antagonist Royyala Naidu. The lengthy first half of the movie offers you nothing more than this. And a cat-and-mouse game ensues between Jagannadha and Naidu obviously! Can’t get more routine than this, right?

Director Harish Shankar has come up with quite a few interesting dialogues that can crack you up. One of them that has stayed with us is “Bejawada antene paina Ammavaru, Kinda Kammavaru.” Shankar’s writing skills don’t go unnoticed in the film, which otherwise follows the stock formula of every commercial potboiler. A single episode in the second half, where Jagannadham fools around Chintu will break the narration apart.

Rao Ramesh deserves special mention for his performance and plays a baddie to the T. What’s more, we get to see Tollywood veterans Rallapalli and Chandra Mohan on screen after long. Kalakeya Prabhakar sleepwalks through his role of a rowdy, with nothing novel to offer as such. Subbaraju, Tanikella Bharani, Posani Krishna Murali and the other character actors do a decent job within their scope.

For the foot tapping music and a thumping background score, musician Devi Sri Prasad deserves applause. Songs, might on the other hand disappoint the fans for their picturisation and also for not having their favorite actor doing some twerks to the music. It is only in the song 'Seetimar' does the actor gives you away some kickass dance moves. The action sequences are quite well done.
On the whole, Duvvada Jagannadham will entertain not just die-hard fans, but also the average moviegoer for serving up a heady mix of comedy, action and drama.     

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