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Pawan Kalyan"s last two films – Puli and Teen Maar - were not up to the audience expectations. The fans of Power Star have now kept very high hopes on Panjaa. The names of director Vishnuvardhan and music director Yuvan Shankar Raja have added more hype and the expectations of the fans naturally soared to greater heights. Let us see how far the director has succeeded in his mission.
The storyline is pretty simple. It is the story of a loyal hit man Jaidev (Pawan Kalyan). Jai works for dreaded don Bhagawan (Jackie Shroff). Bhagawan operates from Kolkata. He also runs a parallel business – a nursery in the name of his love interest Sandhya (Sara James Dias). Ali and Paruchuri also work closely with Jai.
Bhagawan has a rival in Atul Kulkarani and naturally there is a constant war going on between the two groups for the supremacy. Jai has a childhood friend Jahnavi (Anjali Lavania). Bhagawan has a psychopathic son Munna (Adavi Sesh). Bhagawan naturally has a blind love for his son and overlooks his violent ways and acts.
Munna takes a fancy of Jahnavi but she rejects his advances. An angry Munna kills Jahnavi. He also kills Chotu the close friend of Jai. The furious Jai kills Munna and he is now caught between his loyalty for Bhagawan and the security of his love interest Sandhya. Jai wants to leave his hit man job so he goes away to the native place of Sandhya. What happens next is the basis for the remaining part of the story.
There are not many positives in the film. Pawan Kalyan"s acting, his subtle underplay of emotions and cool chic look are big positives.
The cinematography is also a big positive.
Music to an extent is okay.
Screenplay and dialogues.
Lack of proper emotional depth of characters and intensity.
Weak comedy and editing.
Picturisation of songs.
Too much violence.
Director Vishnuvardhan has concentrated a lot on style and has not payed proper attention to the story and screenplay. The film as a result has turned out to be way below the expectations of the audiences. After Pawan, it is Adavi Sesh as Munna who scores big on performance in the film.
Panjaa is not exactly the high voltage action and romantic entertainer as it was billed out to be. It is no way near to the best films of Pawan Kalyan. The Telugu movie is an average film that will not please even the die hard fans of the Power Star.
Cast: Pawan Kalyan,Sarah Jane Dias,Anjali Lavania ,Adivi Sesh,Jackie Shroff, Atul Kulkarni,Brahmanandam,Ali,Subbaraju,Jhansi,Tanikella Bharani,Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao,Sampath,Kishore Ballal and others
Music – Yuvan Shankar Raja
Screenplay – Rahul Koda
Dialogues – Ravi Abburi
Cinematographer – P S Vinod
Editor – A Sreekar Prasad
Action Choreographer – Sham Kaushal
Producers : Neelima Tirumalasettii,Nagesh Muntha ,Shobu Yarlagadda ,Prasad Devineni
Story & Direction – Vishnuvardhan