After a historic epic Gautamiputra Satakarni as his landmark 100th film, Balakrishna is back to commercial films with Puri’s Paisa Vasool. For his 102nd film, he collaborated with legendary director KS Ravi Kumar who had delivered blockbusters such as Narasimha and Muthu. Nayantara joins this crazy combo and the film is titled as Jai Simha. As the film clashes with Pawan Kalyan’s Agnyaathavaasi this Sankranthi, there is a lot of anticipation from fans and trade. Without a further delay, scroll down to know our verdict on Jai Simha.
Narasimha (Balakrishna) along with his newborn baby, shifts his base from Visakhapatnam to Kumbhakonam in Tamil Nadu. He grabs the attention of an Alaya Dharmakartha (Murali Mohan) of Perumal temple and names his son as Balakrishna. Impressed with Narasimha, he takes him to his home for work. Narasimha solves a major problem of the temple priests and becomes the hero of that town. Upon advise, he decides to join Balakrishna in a pre-school. He learns that the school is run by Gowri (Nayantara.) Seeing her, Narasimha hides his face and decides to leave town. But after learning that she and her kid are in trouble from a dreaded goon Kaniyappan ( Kalakeya Prabhakar), he decides to stay back to protect them. Who is Narasimha? What is the flashback story of Narasimha and Gowri? Who is trying to kill Narasimha and why?
It is a cake walk for Balakrishna to don the powerful role of Narasimha. It has all shades – mass, class, family and emotion and Balayya pulls it off with ease. Nayantara looks so natural and her performance brought a lot of weight to the film. Hariprriya once again proves her acting skills with Jai Simha. She seemed like the perfect choice for her role. Natasha Doshi also does a commendable job. Murali Mohan impresses in a decent role. Brahmanandam evokes a good amount of laughter. His character Santhanam worked out really well. Kalakeya Prabhakar is good. Asutosh Rana is the main villain. Jayaprakash Reddy, Pavitra Lokesh are fine. LB Sriram is seen as a priest. Overall, Jai Simha has good performances. Director Ravi Kumar recruited a very good cast.
Chirrantan Bhatt’s Music
Lag in Second Half
KS Ravi Kumar has delivered the perfect potboiler for Sankranthi that would make Balayya fans go berserk. Balakrishna evolves in a well written and well conceived film. The hero elevation scenes in first half are boosting. Balayya is seen with full energy and vigour. He plays the role of a law-unto-himself. He takes on goons mercilessly. Narasimha trashes rowdies and criminals to save people. He doesn’t spare anyone who does wrong. He takes law into his hand. Emotionally the film works well. Story, screenplay gel aptly. The episode of Brahmins is top notch. Pre-interval scenes, Climax scenes are key highlights. Balayya’s dance moves enthral crowds. Especially his moves in Amma Kutti song was a surprise for fans.
But post interval, the film falls flat for a while. However, it picks it up during the pre-climax. Climax is the highlight in Jai Simha. The film ends on bright note. Overall, it is perfect film for Sankranthi for all ages from all walks of life.
Jai Simha roars. It is Balakrishna’s show all the way. It is the perfect Sankranthi watch. Go for Balayya!