Jaganmohini is a poor remake of yesteryear classic mythological film of the same name made by Vitalacharya.
In an erstwhile kingdom, prince Jagan Prathap (Raja) is about to be engaged to princess Jayanthi (Meera Chopra), a savage tsunami ravages the most of the kingdom.
A tantrik (Kota Srinivasa Rao) realizes that the unnatural disaster is because of a water devil called Jaganmohini (Namitha) and he uses his powers to control the damage that is being caused by the evil entity.
Jaganmohini is the vengeful spirit of Mohini who was killed by the king because Jagan Prathap fell in love with her. The spirit now wants to have the prince to herself.
Will Jaganmohini succeed in her mission forms the rest of the story.
Namitha has given a good performance as Jaganmohini and as Mohini, the fisherman’s daughter. Raja is more wooden with an expressionless face and non-communicating body language. Meera Chopra has done her bit. Kota Srinivasa Rao is his usual self. Jyothilaxmi is ok in her cameo. All others just go through their motions.
Though the story is the same as the original, the screenplay is slack and the director seems to be of the opinion that cinematography and visual special effects plus the glamour of Namitha will make the film watchable. But, cinema is the art and science of story telling, not just a montage of scenes. The music and sound design are not up to the mark. Care has not been taken to the periodicity of the mythological story.
You can watch Jaganmohini if you are a fan of Namitha.
The cast and Crew
Namitha, Raja, Vadivelu, Meera Chopra, Kota, Riyaz Khan, Jyothilakshmi, Bala Singh, Alex and Others
Cinematography : N K Vishwanathan
Music : Ilayaraja
Banner : Murali Cine Arts
Director: N.K. Vishwanathan
Released Date: October 17, 2009
1.25 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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