Jai (Navadeep) is the only son of a globetrotting businesswoman
and widow (Ayesha Julka). Farah (Santoshi) is the daughter
of a café owner in Old City. Jai and Farah fall
in love. Jai's mother goes to Pakistan for a business
deal and clinches an offer of conducting boxing match
between India and Pakistan in Hyderabad. She gives the
responsibility of managing that event to Jai. After
winning the competition, the Pakistani boxer passes
derogatory remarks on India and Indians. Jai protests
those comments and warns the Pakistani that he would
fight with him in the next series of matches and win
them to prove the greatness of India.
father of Farah starts giving boxing lessons to Jai.
The Pakistani officials and Lashkar-e-Toiba's chief
monitor the progress of Jai with their informers in
India. They send goons and stab the father of Farah.
They also hunt for Jai and damage his right fist and
ribcage, so that he would become unfit to fight the
boxing match. The doctor tells Jai that he should be
bed-ridden for at least 6 months. And the match is just
20 days away. The rest of the story is all about how
Jai participates in the match and win it.
Navadeep looks cute and
he is perfect for the role of Jai. His dialogue delivery
is immaculate (somebody might have dubbed his voice).
His teen charm and innocent eyes would make girls fall
for him. Heroine Santoshi
is not a good-looking girl, but she is a very good performer.
The characterization of heroine in this film is very
good. Her dialogue - 'Naa Full Support neeke' is good.
The guy who did the role of Sunil Shetty is impressive
and he can join the gang of comedians if he proves himself
further in other films. Tanikella
Bharani is terrific as the father of heroine.
Venu Madhav provided some
comedy in first half. Duvvasi
Mohan is good as usual. Abhinaya
Sri did a vamp role of a cigar-smoking college
maid. Ayesha Julka is beautiful
wearing business suits all the time.
Story of the film has the shades of 'Nuvvu Nenu' in
the first half and 'Bhadrachalam' (Srihari's film) in
the second half. The first half deals with love angle
between the lead pair. Second half deals with patriotic
angle between hero and Pakistani boxer.
- direction: Screenplay of the film is neat in the
initial hour of the film. The characters are established
very well. Hero's longing for love of his mother is
shown in a touching way. But he tried to exploit the
patriotism by inserting scenes forcibly in the second
half. The love track between the lead pair is good.
But the patriotic track between India and Pakistan is
half-cooked. There are impressive scenes like heroine
brother agreeing to coach hero towards climax. However,
these following points sound quite illogical:
The Pakistanis would be speaking in Telugu. They speak
more Telugu than the Telugu spoke by heroine's family
staying in Hyderabad.
Ayesh Julka (MD of Zingaro Non-alchoholic Bewerages
Company) goes to Pakistan and fixes up a deal with
people out there for a Boxing match. There is a respective
Sports Authority in each country, which deals with
organizing matches and championships. Then they invite
for sponsors. Here, the sponsoring company decides
who would play with whom and SAI (Sports Authority
of India) conducts the match. Ayesha also decides
who would be the match referee (Tanikella Bharani
- a café owner - does the referee job for the
Chief of Lakshkar-e-Toiba and other Pakistani top
brass people would be monitoring daily progress of
hero through their informers as if they do not have
any other work to do.
Ayesha goes missing in the second half of the film.
TV9 relays the boxing matches live and people in Pakistan
would be viewing them.
departments: Songs by Anup are OK. Enni Aasalo and
Desam Manare songs are good. Background music is impressive.
Dialogues by MVS Haranadha Rao has more of Teja flavor.
Lots of dialogues are written to arouse the patriotism
in the hearts of the audience. Photography by newcomer
Ravi Varma is excellent. Editing by Shankar is OK. Fights
by Ram-Lakshman are good outside the ring (boxing ring).
The boxing episodes are not conceived well. Choreography
by Shankar is fair.
First half of the film deals with teen love story between
rags and riches. The interval point alters the orientation
of the film. Second half is dealt with action episodes
and the angle of patriotism. First half of the film
is terribly slow. Second half is comparatively faster.
Instead of concentrating more on what he is good at,
director Teja has chosen to elaborate and exploit the
patriotism aspect. He failed in getting emotions right
through patriotic episodes. Teja's strength is making
teen-love stories and succeeded fully whenever he did
it (Chitram, Nuvvu-Nenu and Jayam). He failed whenever
he deviated from teen-love stories and handled different
subjects (Family Circus - family and Nijam - corruption).
This film deals with both love (first half) and patriotism
(second half). We have to wait and see what the Box
Office has store in store for 'Jai'.