Duniya fame Vijay's Jarasandha is a stylish action flick, which is fabricated with all the necessary mass elements. Director Shahshank has written a script keeping the actor's image in mind and has tried his best to blend the ingredients - actions, songs, sentiments, love and thrill – well. He has partially succeeded in his mission.
Krishamurthy alias Kitty (Vijay) is a gym trainer, who is happy leading life with his mother (Roopadevi). His aim is to win the Mr India title and Naidu (Rangaraya Raghu) is sponsoring him by baring all his expenses. In the first hour, we are introduced to his friends and simultaneously to don Poojari, whose men are assassinated by another gang Z. Samantha (Pranitha) comes in between and falls for Kitty. However, by the end of the first half, there lies a twist that unmasks Kitty's other face. Meanwhile, the cops are waiting for the arrival of Ravi Poojari after his brother was killed by Z gang. The rest of the second half is all about the battle between the two gangs to rule the underworld.
The movie starts off in style. Former DGP (Devaraj), who is being criticised for his controversial book 'Jarasandha'- which demands a drastic change in our judicial system - narrates a story from the book. While the initial part draws your attention in the first half, the remaining part is boring. However, by the end of the segment one, the thrilling twist brings back you to the film. In the second, the story runs in a good pace that makes you to recover from the early blow.
Vijay is electrifying and he has proved again that he is the best in the business, when it comes to action sequences. His body language during the stunts are treat to watch. His co-star Pranitha is okay. But she has perfectly fitted the glamorous slot and her skin shows are one of the attractions of Jarasandha. Rangarayana Raghu has given wonderful performance, as it is tailor-made role for him. Ramanithu Chaudhary's item song is good. Rest others like Devaraj, Roopadevi and others have done decent job in their limited roles.
Technically, Jarasandha is excellent. Musician Arjun Janya steals the show with his songs as well as background score. Cinematographer Shekhar Chandra is equally good. The picturisation and choreography of the songs are good. Stunts by Ravi Verma and KD Venkatesh remain one of the few highlights. However, director Shashank has failed in his writing job. The first half of the movie could have been written a lot better or at least reduced by 10-12 minutes, as it is dragging at parts. Adding to that the dialogues lack punch and some of the comedy scenes fail to evoke laughter.
Verdict: Jarasandha is an average entertainer. It might impress Vijay's fans and mass audience.
Cast: Vijay, Pranitha, Rangayana Raghu, Roopadevi, Swayamvara Chandru and others.
Director: Shashank Raj
Music: Arjun Janya
Cinematographer: Shekhar Chandra
Released on: November 25, 2011