Cast: ‘Power Star’ Pawan Kalyan, Illeana D’Cruz, Parvati Melton, Kamilni Mukherjee, Ali, Prakash Raj, Sivaji, Sunil, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam & Brahmanandam
Director: Trivikram Srinivas
Producer: Allu Arvind
Music Director: Devi Sri Prasad
Editing: Srikar Prasad
Dialogues & Screenplay: Trivikram Srinivas
Singers: Baba Sehgal, Rita, K. K., Devi Sri Prasad, Ranjit, Benny, Priya, Tippu, Gopika Purnima & Chiranjeevi
Lyricist(s): Sirivennela, Rama Jogaiah Sastry, Bhaskarabhatla & Raquib Alam
Theatrical Release Date: 2nd April, 2008
It’s been 5 years since Pawan Kalyan made a movie worth shattering the box-office records. Now it’s the time for him to enjoy the moment as Jalsa is surely going to create ripples all around the world.
The movie starts with the introduction of the lead protagonist, Sanjay Sahu, played by Pawan Kalyan describing his habits and his love Indu (Kamilini Mukherjee). Sanjay lands up at her home with the marriage proposal which her father, Ram Mohan Reddy (Prakash Raj) out rightly rejects and in turn gets his daughter married to a rich software engineer.
A year later, Bhagyamati, played by Illeana D’Cruz and Jyothsana, played by Parvati Melton falls head over heels for him as soon as they see him tussle with the goons in order to save them. Out of the two, Bhagi takes the lead with the help of Sunil who in turn gets tips from a doctor (Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam) to help her succeed in her motive. As the movie progresses, goons start interfering in Sanjay’s life from nowhere. Finally in frustration he breaks down and reveals his past life. The rest is how he resolves the problem with the goons and proves the fact that killing is not necessary in war and only defeating matters.
The movie has a lot to tell and you will feel mesmerized by the tabbed narration inter-changing different scenarios. Eventhough the script was weak, a strong screenplay was the saving grace for this movie. Dialogues are an asset to the film without which the movie wouldn’t have been as it is now.
Trivikram Srinivas had a weak plot with him which is unclear at places. Several threads were started but all were later briskly packed up in order to cover up the already long runtime. Trivikram Srinivas’s dialogues are first rate and suit the personality of Pawan Kalyan.
Action sequences by Vijay were top notch. But things which stole the show were the graphics and the colour grading work. Use of graphics at some places brought out the much needed ‘raw’ feel to the scenes which exhilarated the experience. The negative side was the use of graphics too; the graphics were used a lot spoiling the feel of the movie. Colour grading work was outstanding with vibrant colours.
Music by Devi Sri Prasad was good on ears but was a mere waste in terms of the plot and was obstructing the screenplay. The songs looked randomly placed and didn’t suit the narration. Background score had a lot of inspiration from Trivikram’s earlier hit film “Athadu” and the instruments used were same as it was earlier.
Mahesh Babu’s voice over narration was the highlight of the movie. He did the job neatly and the youth feel was maintained all throughout the film.
Pawan Kalyan’s acting was noteworthy. He completely outweighed all with his one-liners doing both serious and comic roles side by side. Jalsa is the movie made only for Pawan Kalyan and none can handle it with such an ease as he does. The movie had a huge lineup of actresses but only Illeana was the main female lead. Others were hardly there, giving slight glimpses here and there. Brahmanandam, Ali, Sunil, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam did their jobs well with the comedy track but Pawan Kalyan overshadowed them with his comic timing and dialogue delivery. The introduction of Brahmanandam as a Pokiri spoof looked hilarious. Mukesh Rishi’s acting as the villain; Damodar Reddy was excellent. His presence was strongly felt and one can understand his energy that the audiences actually clapped for his performance at places. Sivaji as the software engineer was good.
Villain was established neatly and the cruel feel was setup early enough to show the intensity of the final showdown between the good and the bad. The villainism track was established so well but the variation in the end may not appeal to some sections of people.
Now coming to the tempo of the film, Jalsa had a very strong tempo till the climax where it declines as it usually does in the most of the films these days. The second half was dragging and several scenes can be cropped to fit the average runtime. Logic?? What’s that is the keyword for this film. Stars performing different kinds of antics are always welcomed in tollywood and such antics are fully stuffed in this film.
Some noteworthy scenes from the film:
- Prakash Raj interviewing Pawan Kalyan
- Pawan Kalyan giving Brahmanandam ten rupees note
- Mukesh Rishi dealing the land settlement dispute with Lala.
- Pawan Kalyan starting the dialogue as “Ee Panchabhootala Sakshiga…” and stops
Pawan Kalyan recent films like Annavaram, Bangaram and Balu fared well at the box-office but were average in terms of plot and narration but Jalsa is totally different film with a sticky narration.
On the whole, Jalsa is a fully loaded commercial film with tons of comedy, powerful dialogues and power packed action but technically has a weak plot. Go watch this if you were looking for an entertaining movie as well as waiting for a decent film by Pawan Kalyan after Khushi.