Movie : Julayi
Cast: Allu Arjun, Ileana, Rajendra Prasad, Sonu Sood, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Brahmanandam, Rao Ramesh, Tanikella Bharani, M S Narayana, Shafi, Shethal Menon, Shankarabharanam Tulasi, Hema, Pragati, Srimukhi, Kalpika, Posani Krishna Murali, Raji and others
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography: Chota K Naidu – Sham K Naidu
Art direction: S Ravinder
Action director: Peter Heins
Editing: Prawin Pudi
Produced by: S Radhakrishna
Banner: Haarika & Haasine Creations
Presented by: Danayya DVV
Story, screenplay, dialogues and directed by: Trivikram
Release date: August 9, 2012
CBFC Rating: U
Ravi (Allu Arjun) is a youngster from a middle class family in Vizag and desires riches. He participates in cricket betting one unfortunate day to earn quick money. On the same day, a gang led by Gattu (Sonu Sood) robs a bank and siphons off Rs 1500 Crores from the bank. Ravi with the help of police stops the gang taking away the container from the Vizag. The gang hides the container in a dump yard and Gattu’s brother (Shafi) gets killed in the shootout. Fearing that Gattu would avenge Ravi, a senior police officer asks him to hide at his friend’s (Rajendra Prasad) place in Hyderabad. In Hyderabad, he falls for the charms of Madhu (Ileana). Rest of the drama is clash between Gattu and Ravi and finding the container.
Don’t go for easy money is what writer director Trivikram has tried convey through this action entertainer titled Julayi. This is the first film where Allu Arjun and Trivikram are working together. Known for presenting best comedy in films and great lines, Trivikram has come up with some of the best lines (thought provoking dialogues) and some decent entertainment in this film too. What he misses this time is riveting narration in the second half. The characterization of the protagonist completely defies the logic. Hero predicts every move that the villain would take, he also keeps telling others what could have happened and how a particular incident did take place. Director has not provided any info about hero’s clairvoyance! Mr Nothing even controls the police officers as if he were their chief. From – guns, bullets, cars to helicopters everything is at his disposal.
First half of the movie is interesting; it goes in jiffy and is funny. Second half is a big letdown.
Trivikram’s brand of comedy is the plus point of the movie and he once again shows that he’s best writer around. Sample some of the dialogues – 1. Aasha Unte Cancernaina Jayinchochu Bhapaditey Ulcer Tho Kooda Povacchu. 2 Vaadiki Neeku Teda Ledura Neeku Lakshalu kavali vaadiki kotlu kavali, teda ankellone, alochanallo kadu. 3. Logic lu evaru nammaru..andariki magic le kaavaali. Anduke mana desam lo scientist la kannaa baabaa le famous.
Trivikram never lets you down in dialogue department and he is in best form here.
The performance in the film can be rated one of the best in Allu Arjun’s career. He is too good in delivering emotional dialogues with such aplomb. Like always, he looks stylish and dances well. Ileana look too thin in the film but her romantic track with Allu Arjun in the first half of the movie is first-rate. Sonu Sood excels in the role of main villain. Rajendra Prasad as a timid police officer provides some good fun along with Brahmanandam. Kota Srinivas Rao as a greedy politician and Tanikella Bharani in a father role are okay. Among other cast members, Rao Ramesh makes an impression.
Despite erratic placement of songs, Devi Sri Prasad’s music and picturization of those songs are among positive points of the film. Cinematography (by Chota K Naidu and Sham K Naidu) and editing by Pravin is decent. Action sequences by Peter Hien especially the chase sequence before the interval are over the top.
Trivikram is one of the finest directors working today in Tollywood but this time the dialogue writer in him dominates. He has shown his creativity in establishing the story with good finesse but after that there is hardly anything that shows his mark as director.
Julayi is an action entertainer that has good first half laced with some of the finest dialogues. Comedy and dialogues are major assets to the movie. Second half of the movie is a letdown. If you are looking for time pass, then the film provides it but on the quality front, it is just average movie.