Movie: Jannu Telugu Movie Review & Rating
Release Date: 07/02/200
Cast: Sharwanand, Samantha Akkineni, Vennela Kishore, Varsha Bollamma
Director: C. Prem Kumar
Music director: Govind Menon
Producer: Dil Raju
Samantha, Sharwanand’s romantic drama, Jaanu, the Telugu remake of Tamil cult hit ’96 is out for the public viewing today. Let’s see how it goes.
Ram (Sharwanand) a travel photographer by profession lands in Vizag city on professional work and comes across his high school. Later, he gets in touch with his school friends and asks to arrange a reunion ceremony. In the reunion function, Ram meets Jaanu (Samantha), who comes all the way from Singapore to attend the event. What is the special relationship both Ram and Jaanu share? Are there any unforgettable from their golden school days? How will the interaction between them end up? To know this, you have to watch the film in the theaters near you.
Firstly, the lead pair Sharwanand and Samantha should be lauded for daring to act in the remake of a classic like ’96. They both did a terrific job in the iconic roles and had very little influence from the original.
Sharwanand played the game nicely by delivering a settled performance throughout the film. His variations in two different shades are good and bring depth to the proceedings a lot.
Coming to the star heroine Samantha, she is brilliant in the given emotional role and performed a purposeful and strong role convincingly. Her matured acting is visible in every frame and breaths life into the scenes.
The chemistry between the lead pair is the main USP of the film and both Samantha and Sharwa gave a knock out with their acting in combination with emotional scenes.
The actors, who acted a young Sharwa and young Samantha are good in their roles. Vennela Kishore, Thagubothu Ramesh and Fidaa fame Sharanya are decent in their characters.
One of the biggest drawbacks of the film is that it has a slow narration. As most of the film runs on the lead pair, the audience may feel it watching a small film instead of having star cast.
None commercial formate and no extra masala stuff in the proceedings may not have universal acceptance.
The pace and theme of the film may mostly attract only youth audience and others may find it a bit difficult.
Director Prem Kumar, who directed the original ’96 has directed Jaanu too and did his part rightly without missing the feel in the plotline. He did whatever he can for the remake version and passed the big test with flying colors.
Editing work by Praveen K. L is good and so is the case with top-notch photography by Mahendiran Jayarajuis as he captured the entire film adorably.
Music by Govind Vasantha is a major highlight of the film as his situational songs carry the mood of the film nicely. His background score is also equally good.
Production values by Sri Venkateshwara Creations banner are rich for this limited budget film.
In an overview, Jaanu is a soulful celebration of moments from the past. The outstanding chemistry between the lead pair and impressive narration will definitely bring back our past memories. If you ignore the slow narration, Jaanu will end up as a refreshing watch for the weekend.