Starring: Nani, Ritu Varma, Aishwarya Rajesh, Jagapathi Babu and Others
Producer: Sahu Garapati & Harish Peddi
Director: Shiva Nirvana
D.O.P: Prasad Murella
Music Director: Thaman
Editor: Prawin Pudi
iQlikMovies Rating: 2.5/5
After V, Tuck Jagadish has become Natural Star Nani's second direct release in the OTT arena, by skipping the theatrical release. Directed by Shiva Nirvana, this movie featured Ritu Varma and Aishwarya Rajesh as the female leads. Tuck Jagadish premiered on the Amazon Prime Video and here is the review of it:
The story is entirely set in the village of Bhudevipuram. While Adiseshula Naidu (Nasser) is a people's messiah who always thinks about their welfare, Veerendra Naidu (Daniel Balaji) is a leech who tries to grab the power in the entire village. Adiseshula Naidu has five children, which includes Bose (Jagapathi Babu) and Tuck Jagadish (Nani). The latter falls for the village's VRO Gummadi Varalaxmi (Ritu Varma). The sudden demise of Adiseshula Naidu changes the entire course of the film and arises tensions in his family. How Tuck manages to solve the family issues, as well as the village issues, form the main crux of the film.
Nani singularly carried the entire film on his shoulders. This is one of the very few commercial mass roles done by the actor and he did it with ease. Unlike being loud, the actor does the role with utmost subtlety. There is no need of explaining his prowess in emotional scenes. He makes the viewers cry during the latter half of the film.
Ritu Varma got a potential role and she did it well. She has fit the role of a village belle and we wish to see her more on the screen. Aishwarya Rajesh got a limited role but she makes an impact. Jagapathi Babu did his grey-shaded role with perfection. Daniel Balaji is menacing and so is Thiruveer. Rest others have performed according to their limitations.
Director Shiva Nirvana chose a genre that is completely different from his earlier films Ninnu Kori and Majili. It looks like the director wanted to portray the family values that he has seen from his childhood in his native place. His intentions are genuine but the execution falters a bit. There are too many characters that lack depth and they will not create any impact on the audience.
A couple of songs composed by Thaman are good. Gopi Sundar's background score worked well in most of the parts. Prasad Murella's cinematography sets up the native mood. The artwork is good too. The production values are excellent.
Tuck Jagadish is a formulaic story that we have seen so many times in Telugu cinema. Shiva Nirvana didn't shy away from taking an old formula and tried to give it his own touch. He packed the screenplay with good emotional and mass scenes but there are a lot of lengthy unwanted sequences as well. This makes the screenplay slow, especially in the first half. Things only pick up the pace during the pre-interval block and after that, there is a steady narration in the second half. Apart from the sluggish narration in a few scenes and old plot-line, the rest of everything goes well in Tuck Jagadish.
Slow-paced narration in the first half
Final Verdict: Nani's show all the way
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