This commercial entertainer has been directed by Kortala Siva.
Ever since its trailer was out, Janatha Garage has had fans eagerly awaiting its release. The movie stars Mohanlal, Nithya Menen, Samnntha Ruth Prabhu and Nithya Menen. It's for the first time, NTR and Mohanlal are coming together. Here's our review of the movie.
What is it about?
Satyam played by Mohanlal runs an efficient, yet low key mechanic garage in the Hyderabad city by the name - Janatha Garage but they repair something else apart from cars and bikes - oppressed people's lives. It soon goes on to become an organisation that puts an end to unfair practices in a way they only know - beating up the villains. Unfortunately, Satyam's brother gets killed and his only son, Anand, is taken away to Mumbai. Twenty years later, Satyam crosses paths with his now grown up nephew (Jr NTR), a passionate environmentalist. The movie is about what happens thereafter.
It's a predictable story uplifted by Koratala Siva's aesthetic direction. He manages to make the most cliched scenes look sharp. Although said and done, the story runs at a decent pace leaving you with very few dull moments probably; only the songs that seemed unnecessary. The camera focuses only on the important elements in the scene, blurring out everything unnecessary. Moving on to the actors, Jr NTR shines in this movie. The role is tailor made for the Young Tiger. He plays a passionate environmentalist who lives and breathes nature, and you would be convinced by his portrayal. His restrained yet realistic rendition is what draws you to Jr NTR. Of course, his action scenes were high on drama, some would even call it over dramatic, almost Rajinikanth-like because he comes across as invincible. But Kortala's direction gives these over the top action scenes a finishing touch, and boom! You are left impressed. As for Mohanlal, if I may dare say so, he plays second fiddle to Jr NTR in this flick but the thing is, even in a supporting role, Mohanlal comes out a winner. His quiet yet intimidating presence is enough to make you realise who runs Janatha Garage at the end of the day. Less through words, more through actions, Mohanlal doesn't let you forget his presence even though he doesn't dominate the screen in this flick. There's this one particular scene, where Jr NTR and Mohanlal have a face off and Young Tiger leaves Mohanlal tongue-tied. It's nothing short of epic as 'the two stars complement each other perfectly' in Koratala Siva's words. Unfortunately, there weren't as many powerful scenes of the two. The supporting cast put on a good act as well; no one seemed uneccesary. The sharp, hitting dialogues have to be given a mention as well. Jr NTR easily takes away all the epic one-liners. DSP's songs may not have hit the best note this time, but the background score was right on the mark. Each entry, exit and bash up was dramatised by brilliant music. But amid all the beating up and thrashing, Siva's movie comes with a clear message - 'Don't turn a blind eye to unfair practices at any cost' and you have to be brave if you want to be good. Also, Jr NTR has got the moves. Pakka Local will have you believe that.
Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Nithya Menen's blink and you miss role might as well have been forgotten. Although, their roles were meant to give a plot a twist, their presence was not game-changing for sure. The villains could have been more convincing. Also the only glitch about Mohanlal's roll was his dubbed Telugu voice. If only he could have lend his own voice to the dialogues, the impact would have been much more. The movie was filled with cliched scenes which may disappoint you, if you are looking for surprises. DSP's songs doesn't leave you spellbound this time, not even Kajal Aggarwal's Pakka Local, despite Jr NTR's flashy moves.
What to do
You won't be wasting your time if you go for this one, especially if you are a Nandamuri fan. Don't be surprised if you see fans going crazy and screaming hoarse with this one. For all you know, you might be the one to whistle at the end of it. Guilty as charged.
3.5 out of 5
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