When they came up with ‘Idharkuthaney Aasaipattai Balakumara’ some years ago, both director Gokul and Vijay Sethupathi were not that established- the former was aspiring to establish himself as a credible filmmaker and a latter was climbing the ladder of fame as actor.
Cut to present, Gokul has proved his prowess with ‘IABK’ and ‘Kashmora’, while Vijay Sethupathi is one of the A-list actors of Kollywood. And their latest offering ‘Junga’, we must say, has brought the best of the both.
While the writing and filmmaking skills of Gokul are visible in each and every scene, the way Vijay Sethupathi elevates them with his terrific performance is something which one should experience.
The story is about Junga (Vijay Sethupathi). who hails from a family of dons. His grandfather is Linga and his father is Ranga. But his mother (Saranya Ponvannan) is particular that he should not take his ancestor’s path.
Hence, Junga works as conductor in a bus and is behind a Telugu speaking girl (Madonna Sebastian). One day, he realises that his family property, a movie hall named Cinema Paradise, is in someone else’s hands due to the spendthrift ways adopted by Linga and Ranga.
He is now on a mission to reclaim the old glory. He too becomes a don, but a miserly one, offering discounts for taking up jobs.
In a bid to reclaim the theatre, he and his assistant (Yogi Babu) go to Paris, where Yazhini (Sayyesha), daughter of Chettiar (Suresh Menon), who is now the legal custodian of Cinema Paradise, lives.
There, Yazhini gets abducted by the Italian drug mafia and the rest is all about whether Junga is able to save her and regain Cinema Paradise or not.
Madonna Sebastian’s role is more like a cameo and she delivers goods. Sayyesha shine bright, both in terms of performance and looks. Saranya Ponvannan, Yogi Babu, Suresh Menon and Radha Ravi add solid strength with their performance.
The film is top-notch technically too and due credits go to the music composer, cinematographer, editor and stunt master. Despite there being bit lag in the latter half and the filmmaking style reminding us that of Venkat Prabhu’s and C S Amudhan’s, ‘Junga’ is the real winner this week.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5