Julayi Movie Review
Julayi starts off with Prakash Raj’s voice over,”Life anedi highway…gelupu anedi one way…short cuts ki no way”. Then there is a Dark Knight style bank robbery and after the customary twist and turn , gets into a revenge drama, but with loads of fun and frolic, romance and action.
Ravi (Allu Arjun) of Visakhapatnam is a street smart guy who makes money using his brains. While on his way to make a bet on IPL cricket, he accosts Bittoo (Sonu Sood) and his brother Lala ( Shafi) who are in fact on the way to loot a cooperative bank which has deposits of Rs 1500 crore. Ravi’s father Narayana Murthy (Tanikella Bharani) also has his hard earned money as fixed deposit in this bank. Ravi, who smells the robbery, teams up with Police Commissioner Rajamanikyam (Rao Ramesh) to nab the looters. Police arrest Bittoo, but in the process Lala is killed by Ravi.
But when Bittoo escapes, Ravi is sent to Hyderabad to stay in the house of ACP Sitaram (Rajendra Prasad) as part of a witness protection programme. Here Ravi comes in contact with Madhu (Ileana). Bittoo has a political friend Varadarajulu (Kota Srinivasa Rao) and also some black sheep in the police department who give him indirect support. He is planning to kill Ravi to avenge the death of his brother Lala. The rest is about the confrontation between Ravi and Bitto and how the stolen money is recovered.
Allu Arjun is energetic and ebullient. The character suits his style of acting. Ileana is ravishing. Rajendra Prasad comes out with a stunning performance. Brahmanandam is at his hilarious best. Tanikella and Kota are convincing. Sonu Sood is as menacing as ever. MS Narayana, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam and Vennela Kishore are their usual selves. Rao Ramesh acquits himself well. All others suit their author backed roles.
Trivikram Srinivas has written a good script, though he liberally uses the cinematic license. The principal characters are etched well. The characterisation is elevated by the crisp one-liners and meaningful dialogues that have clarity. The screenplay has a healthy run with drama, comedy, songs and action slotted at measured intervals. Music by Devi Sri Prasad is rollickingly refreshing and the lyrics add to the different moods of the songs. The picturisation of songs is also impressive. Peter Heins composes thrilling action sequences.
Cinematography by Chota K Naidu is vibrant and adds to the narration value. Pravin Pudi edits the film well, more particularly the song and action sequences. Sound design is good. Production values are high.
Trivikram is back in his best elements and delivers a good commercial entertainer. With almost all the central characters mouthing witty one liners, the narrative is easy on the ears and the vibrant visuals are a feast to the eyes. There are also surprise amusement moments like when Allu Arjun imitates NTR, ANR, Krishna, Chiranjeevi, Pawan Kalyan, and others while dancing for the song Mee Intiki Mundo Gate.
The first half just blazes away with action and comedy, while there is a slight slowing down of the narration speed in the second half. In spite of this, this film has more than sufficient entertainment elements to enthrall the regular commercial cinema audience.
The Cast and Crew
Allu Arjun, Ileana, Rajendra Prasad, Sonu Sood, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Tanikella Bharani, Brahmanandam, Rao Ramesh, MS Narayana, Posani Krishna Murali, Vennela Kishore, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, Brahmaji, Hema, Pragathi and others.
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography: Chota K Naidu
Editing: Pravin Pudi
Action: Peter Heins
Producer: K Radhakrishna
Presented by: DVV Danayya
Banners : Harika & Hasina Creations
Written & Directed by : Trivikram Srinivas
3.25 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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