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Jilla Movie Review

By Prakash Upadhyaya

Illayathalapathy Vijay's last film Thalaivaa did not meet audience expectations even though it was loved by his fans. The collection of the film too was not good as the film was not released in the state for close to two weeks in the state. Now, he is returning with Jilla, which is much-bigger than his last movie. The cast boosts of Malayalam superstar Mohanlal and Kajal Aggarwal.


Expectations will always be high when Vijay is in the movie. Adding to that the names of Mohanlal and Kajal Aggarwal automatically rise the expectations of the audience. The success of teaser/trailer has also generated a huge curiosity in the minds of the audience. So, let us see what the movie comprising of A-list stars has to offer the audience.

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Influential businessman cum local don Sivan (Mohanlal) brought up Shakthi (Vijay) like his own son along with his younger son Vignesh (Mahat) and daughter Mahalakshmi (Niveda Thomas). Sivan is very close to Shakthi and they all lead a happy life. Shakthi hates khakhi colour as his father was killed by a policeman.


In the mean time, Shakthi falls in love with Shanti (Kajal Aggarwal), but refuses to pursue the love after he comes to know that she is a cop. In order to hold control over the local issues, Sivan manages to convince his adopted son, who hates police, to become a cop who gets posted in their city itself.

All goes fine till a gas explosion costs hundreds of life in the city. Shakthi, who was not serious about his work, gets upset with the incident. More importantly, the fact that his father is involved in this issue makes him angry. Situation changes him to go against his father. Continue reading the Jilla movie review on the slideshow...

Story Continues...

Shakthi now decides to bring a change in his father and to disconnect him from all bad activities. What happens next should be seen on-screen.

Story Analysis

The initial part of the narration appears like an old wine in new bottle. But the story has many surprises with regular twists. The first 30 minutes will be interesting and audience will be tired blowing whistles!

First Half

Mohanlal and Vijay's introduction scenes are impressive. Especially, the Illayathalapathy's intro sequence has been stylishly shot. But the drawback of the first half is that it is not sleek.

Uninteresting Elements

At parts, the narration is dragging and placement of songs are quite boring. In fact, the item song, which was supposed to cheer up the mood, plays spoilsport. Adding to that Kajal's love sequences are forcefully added.

Backfiring Element

The maximum happenings in the story appear in the second half. Twists and turns keep you engaged. But the director in the second half too has failed to remove unnecessary scenes. In a bid to make it an emotional journey along with all the entertainment elements, Nesan has tried to bring in some sentimental scenes that could backfire big time if not deleted now.


The sole drawback of Jilla will be unnecessary sequences. At least, the film could be shortened by 20-30 minutes, which could have been better than the current one.


Vijay is a treat to watch on-screen. His dancing abilities, comic timings and fights are at his best. The actor has given everything for his role.


Mohanlal is amazingly brilliant. His combo with Vijay will be loved by all. We have to note that both the actors have equal footage.

Kajal Aggarwal

Kajal Aggarwal is wasted. It appears like she is in the film just to fill the glam quotient. Her chemistry with Vijay doesn't work.

Other Cast

Soori tickles the funny bones of the audience. Other casts like Mahat, Niveda, Sampath Raj, Pradeep Rawat have played their parts well.


D Imman's music is wonderful. 'Pattu onnu', 'Verasa pogayile' and 'Kandaangi kandaangi' are our picks. The background score is excellent.

Other Departments

Ganesh Rajavelu's cinematography is good, but Don Max's editing could have been a lot better. Selva's action sequences are praise worthy. Finally, newbie Nesan has tried his best to impress the audience. But in order to build a story that suits Vijay and Mohanlal's images, he has lost the control over the screenplay.


Jilla is not Vijay's best, but it definitely has enough entertainment values. Watch it for Illayathalapathy and Mohanlal.

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