Movie review: Jaanu
Director: Prem Kumar
Producer: Dil Raju
Music: Govind Vasantha
Starring: Samantha Akkineni, Sharwanand
Release Date: 7th February 2020
Jaanu review: Jaanu, a romantic and emotional drama starring Samantha Akkineni and Sharwanand, which is a remake of Tamil film 96, has finally arrived at the theaters today on 7th February. The movie has received U certificate from Censor board and it’s run time is 150 minutes. Th romantic film Jaanu, is directed by Prem Kumar and is produced by Dil Raju, whereas it has the music by Govind Vasantha.
Story: K Rama Chandra (Sharwanand) is a travel photographer. By nature Rama is a bit aloof and shy. During a trip to his hometown, some old memories come rushing back to him as he visits his school. He calls up his school best friend, who adds him to their class’ WhatsApp group. His classmates are delighted to see the elusive Rama join their group and suddenly he meets Jaanu, aka Janaki Devi (Samantha). What happens next, form rest of the story of Jaanu.
- Slow pace
- Few dragged scenes
Performance: Sharwanand and Samantha Akkineni play matured lovers, and that has worked to the advantage of the film along with the actors who play their younger selves. Sharwanand and Samantha do not speak much in the movie, but they are obsessed with each other. Both exchange loving glances and look after each other with all their heart. The supporting cast, who appear as friends are perfect in their roles. With this film Jaanu, Sharwanand has proved that he is a versatile actor. He’s a natural, and his terrific chemistry with Samantha Akkineni is one of this film’s highlights. The rest of the Jaanu cast performed accordingly.
Technical: There are also certain scenes in Jaanu which stand out. The school scenes are beautifully pictured. The heartwarming conversations between the lead pair – Sharwanand and Smanatha Akkineni and the winning climax which reinforces what one already knows: letting go of what you really love, has been translated to the screen effectively by Prem Kumar. The color tonality, and overall composition of the frames enhance the narrative along with the music of Govind Vasantha. The music composer Govind Vasantha gets some lilting tunes in the flute and piano to fill up the blanks. The director Prem Kumar and the cinematographer keep us engaged fully in the lives (past and present) of Rama and Jaanu. The editing is good.
Analysis: On the whole, if you like romance, Jaanu is pure magic. Samantha and Sharwanand starrer Jaanu is a frame to frame recreation of the original 96.