Movie: Janatha Garage
Banner: Mythri Movie Makers
Cast: NTR, Mohanlal, Samantha, Nithya Menen, Unni Mukund, Sai Kumar, Brahmaji, Benarjee, Ajay, Sitara, Devayani, Gunaji and others.
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Editing: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Fights: Anal Arasu
Art: A.S. Prakash
Producers: Naveen Yerneni, Mohan (CVM), Y.Ravi Shankar
Written and directed by: Koratala Siva
Release date: September 01, 2016
Fresh from the success of “Nannaku Prematho”, NTR has teamed up with hit director Koratala Siva for “Janatha Garage”. Ever since the movie was announced, it has created huge interest among the film lovers and with the casting of Malayalam superstar Mohanlal the interest hiked further.
As Koratala Siva is in top form and the trailers have become popular, the movie generated huge expectations. Touted as one of the biggest movies this season, it has hit screens in Telugu and Malayalam languages simultaneously.
Let’s find out how the film has fared and whether it has the potential to become blockbuster.
Satyam (Mohanlal) establishes an auto garage in Hyderabad in early 1980’s. Soon he becomes a leader to their locality. All people in the neighbourhood approach him for help and he also “repairs” (bashes up) men who do wrong to the people.
In the present day, Anand (NTR), an environmental researcher, studying and living in Mumbai frequently lands in problems for his cases against powerful people who pollute the nature. He also knows how to teach them a lesson by bashing them.
On a study exchange program, Anand comes down to Hyderabad and he closes down the illegal quarry of Satyam’s son Raghava (Unni). Impressed with Anand’s aggressive and righteous nature, Satyam asks him to take over his garage. Why? What is his motive?
NTR has excelled once again where performance is concerned. He has shown his maturity when he does the scene of Samantha leaving him.
The great actor Mohanlal has not much scope for giving great performance but his presence itself mesmerizes. Samantha and Nithya Menen are wasted in the movie. Sai Kumar’s role is laughable. Ajay’s character lacks proper depth. The villainy done by Unni and Sachin Khedekar also fail to give desired results.
Among other actors Devyani has done good job. Kajal Agarwal’s item song comes at wrong time but she has tried to spice up the screen with ample skin show.
The film boasts high technical values with top-notch camera work by renowned cinematographer Thiru and great artwork. Much of the film is shot at Janatha Garage set and even Mumbai set props are eye-catching.
Devi Sri Prasad’s music is okay. Only couple of songs are good. Editing is bad – from pace to keeping plenty of unnecessary scenes. Fights are routine. Dialogues are good but direction and narration are not effective.
NTR and Mohanlal’s scenes
Dull first half
Heroines with no proper roles
Lack of emotional quotient
“Idhi Oka Kutumba Katha”
Music by Devi Sri Prasad is a huge plus as all the songs have been composed quite well. Devi’s background score in the second half elevates the proceedings to a decent level. Production values of the film are pretty good. Camera work is superb as Hyderabad and Mumbai have been showcased in a wonderful light. Dialogues written by Koratala Shiva are meaningful. Editing is below average as the film needs to be trimmed by at least 15 minutes.
Coming to the director Koratala Shiva, he has done just an okay job with the film. Though his thought is good, he takes too much time to establish the story as the film catches steam only after the first half. He makes things predictable and ends the film on a simple note.
On the whole, Janatha Garage is not your regular popcorn entertainer which Tollywood churns out every week. It is a character-driven film where the onus is on serious emotions. Though NTR performs brilliantly, Mohan Lal gets a prominent role and this might not go well with NTR’s fans. The film will appeal to the general audience more than the fans. Finally, if you ignore the predictable story line, you may give this film a shot. But keep your expectations in check.