Jai Simha movie review: The Balakrishna and Nayanthara starrer is old wine in a new bottle

KS Ravikumar seems to have hit a saturation point in his career refusing to make movies in line with the changing times. His creativity and characters are stuck in the 1990s.

Rating: 1 out of 5
Written by Manoj Kumar R | Bengaluru | Updated: January 15, 2018 11:00:31 pm
Jai Simha review Jai Simha movie review: Do yourself a favour, sit this one out.

Jai Simha movie cast: Nandamuri Balakrishna, Nayanthara, Natasha Doshi, Hariprriya
Jai Simha movie director: KS Ravikumar
Jai Simha movie rating: 1 star

The first question that came to my mind at the end of the tiresome 165-minute film – Doesn’t director KS Ravikumar and actor Balakrishna feel bored of doing the same story again and again? Ravikumar seems to have hit a saturation point in his career refusing to make movies in line with the changing times. His creativity and characters are stuck in the 1990s.

In Ravikumar’s world, persons who go to abroad pick up the drug habit and they wreak family’s reputation when they come back home. Especially woman actors are highly recommended for playing such characters. Police are powerless and the formidable gangster will indeed have a brother or son, whose only favourite pass time is to assault women on street with impunity. And the hero is always a man of his word with nerves of steel and a heart of goldmine. Ravikumar refuses to overcome his own limitations. He still continues to be under the impression that the audience will buy his nonsensical and illogical hero-worshipping films

Narasimha (Balakrishna) travels from one city to another and one state to another in search of a peaceful life for him and his newborn child. He always tries to keep away from violence and turn the other way even when trouble comes calling. We here get the sense that he definitely had a violent past and has turned over a new leaf for the sake of his son. And the director has written some preposterous sequences that pushes Narasimha to show off his action chops. And just before the end of the tedious first half, we finally get to see the true power of Narasimha.

Ravikumar seemingly wanted to create Rajinikanth’s Baasha-like interval sequence but fails terribly. His writing is so outdated that he comes up really short on building any tension into the narrative to set up the audience for a big revelation.

Natasha Doshi’s character is that of a party girl, who snorts cocaine. The catch is she lives in Kumbakonam, a bad backdrop to place a character like this. She is the daughter of Murali Mohan, the dharmakartha of a temple. And he takes in Narasimha and his toddler son, gives them a job and place to stay.

In one scene, Narasimha leads a protest for the Brahmin community against the high-handedness of a police officer. He gets a lengthy monologue arguing why only Brahmins are qualified to the job of priests.

Narasimha is hopping from one state to another to stay away from Gauri (Nayanthara), his ex-girlfriend in Visakha. But, he crosses paths with her in Kumbakonam, where she is running a nursery for kids with her father.

In the second half, the story gets depressingly predictable and we are left struggling for reasons to care about the characters in the film.

Balakrishna gets to romance three heroines in the film, including Nayanthara, Natasha Doshi and Hariprriya. Compared to other two, Nayanthara has a slightly stronger character in this hero-worshiping film. Prakash Raj, who plays Nayanthara’s father with grey hair and geeky glasses, looks far younger and fitter than Balakrishna.

Jai Simha is old wine in a new bottle. Do yourself a favour, sit this one out.

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