Starring : Balakrishna, Nayanthara, Natasha Doshi, Hariprriya
Director : K. S. Ravikumar
Producer : C. Kalyan
Music Director : Chirantan Bhatt
Rating : 2.75/5
Yet another film which has released during this lucrative Sankranthi season is Balakrishna’s Jai Simha. Directed by K S Ravi Kumar, this film has Nayanthara as the female lead. Let’s see how the film turns out to be.
Narasimha(Balakrishna) along with his just-born son moves to Kumbakonam and starts working as a driver. There, he comes across a corrupt cop and keeps fighting with him time and again. During one of the key problems involving the cop, Narasimha suddenly comes across his wife Gauri(Nayanthara) who is none other than his ex-girlfriend. Who is this Narasimha? What is his backstory with Gauri? Why did he come to Kumbakonam? To know the answers, you need to watch the film on the big screen.
Performances wise, the film is very good. Nandamuri Balakrishna is the show runner and Jai Simha is completely a one man show by him. He played his part very well and impressed everyone big time. With action, romantic scenes and emotions, Balakrishna did well and proved that he is the best.
Nayantara who played the primary female lead has impressed everyone. Natasha Joshi and Hariprriya are limited for glamour and they also played their parts very well. Hari Priya is good in terms of the performance as well. Murali Mohan, Brahmanandam, Prakash Raj and others have played their Parts very well and he has come up with an interesting role after a long time.
Nandamuri Bala Krishna
Amma Kutty song
Few action sequences
Pale comedy scenes
Production values of the film are just about okay. Music by Chirantan Bhatt is decent as all the songs sound good on screen. But the background score could have been a bit better during the crunch elevation scenes. The camerawork is okay and showcases the Kumbakonam region well. Dialogues written for Balayya are quite massy and will appeal to the front benchers. Editing is pretty average as the film needs serious cuts to make things better.
Coming to the director Ravi Kumar, he has done just an okay job with the film. Even though he has presented Balakrishna quite well, his narration is quite dull in major places. The way he adds unnecessary commercial elements and sidetracks the film frequently deviates the attention of the audience most of the time.
On the whole, Jai Simha is a typical mass masala entertainer in true Balakrishna style. The added advantage of the film is the emotional angle during the climax. The film is clearly aimed at the masses and will do well with all Balakrishna fans. But the roller coaster effect of the film can get to the regular audience at times. If you are the one who does not mind the regular commercial narration, this film ends up as a one time watch this festival season.