Average Rating: 3
Total Critics: 7
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|Release Date :||09/21/2017|
Cast: NTR, Raashi Khanna, Nivetha Thomas, Ronit Roy, Posani Krishna Murali, Sai Kumar, Praveen
Director: KS Ravindra (Bobby)
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Producer: Nandamuri Kalyan Ram
Banner: NTR Arts
Jai, Lava & Kusa are triplets and performing drama artistes. Their uncle (Posani) pampers and exploits Lava & Kusa but humiliates Jai, the elder among 3 as he has stammering. Three of them part ways in childhood following an accident. Kusa becomes a conman aspiring to go abroad by hook or crook. He accidentally meets Lava who is a Good Samaritan bank manager looking for a suitable bride. Lava consults Priya (Raashi Khanna) who runs marriage bureau.
Priya is fed up as Lava declines several matches. One fine day, they both realize that they are actually made for each other. Meanwhile, Lava is trapped in a bank loan cheating case. Kusa takes Lava’s place as bank manager vowing to save him from the issue. But he robs bank and escapes with a lump sum. Both of them are left shocked as the money and Priya go missing.
They blame each other but soon realize that it is their third lookalike brother who kidnapped Priya. Having been insulted for stammering, Jai develops hatred towards brothers and society. He admires Ravana and follows him in real life. Jai aspires to become a MP and demands his brothers to help him in the process in exchange for the robbed money and Priya’s life. Interesting drama between the three brothers that follows has to be watched on big screen.
Jai Lava Kusa is story of three estranged brothers and their bonding over their childhood memories. Story may sound old but the treatment and aura of NTR is what makes Jai Lava Kusa different. Director Bobby chose non-linear narration to keep the film engaging.
First half is full of fun as Kusa replaces Lava as bank manager. NTR’s showcases his comedy prowess of ‘Adhurs’ range once again. On the other hand, Lava’s love track with Raashi Khanna is heart-warming. The actual storm strikes in the form of ‘Jai’ in the interval. His aura and screen presence itself is a bang.
Jai character dominates the second half. His clash with villains, political aspirations and sentiment between brothers takes driving seat. Climax is full-on action. There are several goosebump moments since interval. The film has ample dose of emotion and heart-wrenching sentiment scenes.
Jai Lava Kusa is out and out NTR’s show. He leaves us awe-struck in three roles, especially as Jai. The variations that he showcased as three of them appear in single frame is just amazing. You can’t take eyes of the ‘actor’. He fills the gaps if any in the screenplay with his intense performance. He remains grounded as classy Lava, tickles as funny Kusa and at the same time his swag as massy Jai is whistle demanding.
Raashi Khanna and Nivetha are apt in her roles. Tamannaah sizzles like never before ultra-glamorous avatar in ‘Swing Zara’ song. Posani and Sai Kumar also have decent roles. Ronit Roy is okay as villain.
Devi Sri Prasad’s background music is terrific. It further complimented NTR’s riveting performance. Nee Kallalona song that comes in later half is appealing. Camera angles elevating the heroic scenes are good. The lighting pattern is distinguishing especially in establishing the dark mood in Jai’s palace. Dialogues are well written. There is a heart touching dialogue on farmers and then there is a witty dialogue like ‘Idhi Bank Aa Bangkoka?’. Production design is pretty good. NTR as Jai has background of ten heads, on the flipside NTR as Lava gets angel wings reflecting their characters.
Screenplay is uneven, jump cuts in scenes and abrupt endings due to which emotions are not sustained. Tamannaah’s special song disappoints as choreography is not upto the mark and NTR only joins her for few seconds. Nivetha doesn’t have any role compared to the performer that she is. Second half lacks entertainment as it is burdened with heavy drama.
Jai Lava Kusa is not just another commercial potboiler. Though the film is a fairy tale by its plot, JLK turned out to be a epic with Tarak’s mystical performance. This mass film will remain in the memories of audience for long. The film kind of reinvents mass masala entertainers. Jai Lava Kusa has artistic moments. The mythological drama three of them perform with reference to their real life instances is creative.
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