Director: Shiva Nirvana
Natural Star Nani's Tuck Jagadish has started streaming on Amazon Prime Video. The family drama released today (September 10) on the leading OTT platform. The film boasts a large ensemble cast that includes Nani, Ritu Varma, Aishwarya Rajesh, Jagapathi Babu, Nassar, Thiruveer, Rohini and Parvathi.
Backed by Sahu Garapti and Harish Peddi under the banner Shine Screens, Tuck Jagadish marks Nani's second OTT release after V (2020), which also released on the same platform. The film is directed by Shiva Nirvana.
Did Nani's Tuck Jagadish live up to the hype? Let's find out!
What's Ouch? Cliched and slow-paced plot, wrongly placed background score
The story follows Tuck Jagadish (Nani) who returns to his village to reunite with his family- his father (Nassar), brother Bose (Jagapathi Babu), stepmother and step-siblings. Things take a turn for the worse when his father leaves for his heavenly abode and Bose betrays his family by taking over the entire property which was meant to be divided among his siblings. Jagadish, who is the common link between the family members is left with no other choice but to change the state of affairs. Will he be able to bring his sundered family under one roof? Well, to know that you will have to watch Tuck Jagadish on Amazon Prime Video right away.
Story and Direction
No doubt, Shiva has tried to put forth a fresh idea with Tuck Jagadish, however, the treatment, to be precise the cliched sequences and slow-paced storyline lets down the film big time. The film surely has a strong message but as the foundation itself is weak, the drama falls flat at places.
The first half of the film has nothing much to offer. Even Nani's sporadic one-liners don't do the job. The second half of the film is completely power-packed, and this is the only time where we see Nani exploring his character, however not so deep. It is only after the intermission that we see the film taking a new turn as the story develops and every other character starts to bloom.
Given that Tuck Jagadish is a family drama, the director has made the best use of a vibrant colour palette, high dose of emotions and heart-rending music that gels well with the story.
Nani: Known for his natural acting stints, the star has yet again shined bright with his performance, this time as Tuck Jagadish. His voice modulation and dialogue delivery deserve huge applause. However, his characterization seems loosely written and even his brilliant acting chops fail at times to move the film forward. Interestingly, his chemistry with Ritu Varma looks fresh and captivating.
Jagapathi Babu: The versatile actor's intense performance and combination sequences with Nani are praiseworthy. Also, Jagapathi has tried his best to emanate all essence of his character and it is evident in the film.
Ritu Varma and Aishwarya Rajesh: Though short, the duo has been given important characters and it is safe to say that the two actresses have done an impressive job in the given time.
Prasad Murella's cinematography is at its best. Each and every frame from the start till the end makes us want to visit the beautiful Bhudevipuram. The serene, scenic and vibrant cinematography has added more depth to the story. Similarly, Thaman's music has also done complete justice to the film, and trust us you wouldn't really want to skip the songs while watching Tuck Jagadish. Editor Prawin Pudi has also done a fine job with his editing scissors. Overall the technical standards of the film are impressive.
Tuck Jagadish is pleasant but high on clichés. The film is doubtlessly an old wine in a new bottle, however, Nani's brilliant acting chops make it a passable entertainer.