Josh is a youthful story with the protagonist in the role of a reformer setting right things that go awry in a college, indirectly conveying a message that Alma Mater ahould be a seat of learning and not a den for breeding anti-social activities.
Satya (Naga Chaitanya) of a middle class family from Visakhapatnam suddenly quits his academic pursuits relocates in Hyderabad to settle down for a lowly job. He takes shelter in the house of his uncle (Sunil). He meets Vidya (Karthika) a school teacher who could not go for college education because of the unruly campus environment.
Durga Rao (JD Chakravarthy) an aspiring politician meddles with the affairs of the local college to rope in the student power behind him which automatically leads to a campus gang war.
Satya joins the college to set right things and his mission is known after the flashback showing why he quit studies in Visakhapatnam and the influence of the principal (Prakash Raj).
The rest of the story deals with how Satya achieves his objective of cleansing the college campus of unwanted elements.
Naga Chaitanya is not successful in doing justice to his role on his debut. He requires lot of improvement in emoting. Kartika is passable and her enthusiasm will help her in her career. Prakash Raj and J D Chakravarthy are convincing in their performances. Sunil and Brahmanandam turn out their rib-tickling acts quite well. All others are adequate in their roles.
The Story, screenplay and direction by Vasu Varma is insufficient to garner the total attention of the audience. The element of preaching and the better-than-you syndrome makes the protagonist less credible. Most of the situations are contrived. The choice of JD unnecessarily brings in memories of Nagarjuna’s Shiva. The technical departments are good but the narration suffers from the inherent pitfalls in the plot and screenplay.
Goldwyn of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc ( MGM studios) was once asked what message he intended to give through his movies. His reply was, “ I will send two pence telegram to send a message. Why should I spend a million dollars on a movie to send a message?”
Dil Raju may pay heed to the architect of MGM. His film’s title Josh is a misnomer and the message oriented narration is more irritating than appealing or entertaining.
The Cast and Crew
Naga Chaitanya, Karthika, J D Chakravarthy, Sunil, Brahmanandam, Prakash Raj, Hema, Surya, Sreya Dhanwantari, and others
Music: Sandeep Chowta
Choreography: Raju Sundaram, Shobi
Action: Vijay, Aman Ghani
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh
Art director: Brahma Kadali
Cinematography: Sameer Reddy
Co-Producers: Sirish – Lakshman
Produced by: Dil Raju
Story, screenplay and directed by: Vasu Varma
Released date: Sep 5, 2009
2.25 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar