There are times, when there needs to be a change in the industry and irrespective of how it performs well in box office, special mention is what it deserves. Jil Jung Juk is one such movie, which is produced by actor Siddarth and directed by newcomer Deeraj Vaidhy. The film stars Siddarth, Sananth Reddy and Avinash Raghudevan in lead roles with Radharavi, Nasser and RJ Balaji in important roles. Vishal Chandrasekhar has composed music for this film with Shreyaas Krishna handling cinematography.
It’s year 2020… An aged drug lord – Deva is one the last run to save his reputation of fame, money and business. With the last deal to be commuted to a customer across the neighbouring state, he assigns Siddarth, Sananth Reddy and Avinash to carry out this task. The journey filled with fun, adventures and misadventures, where the fancy pink vintage (Narcotic) car goes missing and rest is a humour of trial and error.
Definitely, Siddarth as an actor and producer deserves special mention for boldly picking up an unique theme. Remember! The film has no heroine, which many wouldn’t dare to attempt at his crucial phase of one’s career. Filmmaker Deeraj Vaidhy has tried to attempt a script that tries to be new in terms of screenplay and treatment. Yes, we do feel the freshness in places, but again the problem occurs with screenwriting skills. The first hour has best moments, where the raciness persists in accordance to humour. The establishment of characters is done with excellent panache, but soon after the intermission, the story drops down the pace and we feel a bit restless towards the climax that is dragging. The problem is that Deeraj should have limited the duration to 90mins. While the makers had clearly conceived a Hollywood pattern of action humour adventure is what they’re going to attempt with technical and narrative aspects, the duration should have been the same way. Musical score by Vishal Chandrasekhar is the biggest plus, where his background score is remarkable, especially by the climax portions. He has just tried to invent and explore newfangled music out here. Thank God! You don’t see all the songs that you heard on tracks. Just a single track in bar and that’s it, ‘Shoot the Kuruvi’ comes through the climax. Cinematography using some classic colours turn to offer a different experience. On the flip side, what could make it less likeable among the general audiences is that it lacks the usual style of commercial elements. The biggest plus is the hilarious punch, though laced with double entendres like Hare Hare Maha Devaki voice for a character and some profane lines that would intensely grab youth cohorts.
Siddarth has modulated a lot with his performance and he looks matured and proficient in this characterization. Avinash and Sananth accompanying him add up the best humour at places. Not to miss the one playing Deva and Radharavi giving their brownie points. RJ Balaji appears only in one scene, but he wins the applause thoroughly.
1. Casting of actors, characterisations and performance
2. Hilarious witty lines (though some laced with double entendres)
3. Background score
What doesn’t work?
1. A different attempt without heroine might not attract all.
2. Dragging screenplay in second half
Overall, if the film ‘Jil Jung Juk’ was given a better treatment to the screenplay and crisp duration, it could have gained better intensity. For now, the vintage colours, unconventional music and story could impress miniscule audiences alone.