Movie: Jil Jung Juk
Direction: Deeraj Vaidy
Cast: Siddharth, Sananth Reddy, Avinash Raghudevan, R Amarendran
Music: Vishal Chandrashekhar
Cinematographer: Shreyaas Krishna
Editor: Kurtz Schneider
What is it about: It’s about 3 eccentric characters Jil (Siddharth), Jung (Avinash) & Juk (Sananth) who come together in accordance to delivery of a car given by Amerendran (Deivanayagam). What happens during the delivery forms the crux of the story filled with comedy and chaos directed by debutante Deeraj Vaidy.
Why it’s disappointing: The film takes a deliberate rest at few spots getting quite lazy, which makes the audience restless and brand it as a lame one. Especially the extended climax which takes quite a sweet time to end with few slow-mo shots. Deeraj went too extensive and forgot that general audience might not like the approach, unlike their promotional video, which was released 2 days prior to the release.
What to watch out for: The film had very few speed breakers, but it running for a short period becomes quite evident. But these factors were well covered by a smart weaving of screenplay by Deeraj doing a great job. And that was well supported by its entire cast.
The film had an eccentric approach which we quite often see in Hollywood. Deeraj hailing from short film industry put his out of the box thinking to a great potential and derived the concept with witty humour and one-liners which were hilarious.
Siddharth is a versatile actor and with “JJJ” he proved he’s a great producer too. He knew where to invest and did a safe deposit. As Nanjil Sivaji he did a great job, which required style and substance.
This will be the second outing for Sananth in the film industry and we can already see him going places. He has a great sense of timing and a performance which comes with an ease. I like his selfie sequence, pineapple juice scene and another scene where his wit is great. I don’t want to reveal that third scene, because that does reveal something of that character important to the film.
Avinash Raghudevan, the new kid on the block has great potential. He did a commendable job as “Jung” and was a great addition to the lead characters.
The rest of the supporting cast was derived well, for starters Pai (Bipin) was a hilarious one with his accent and dialogue delivery, then comes Kaali played by Sharath who is slowly warming up to the silver screen. Amarendran and Radha Ravi were fine in their respective roles.
Then comes the cinematography which was fantastic, Shreyaas Krishna did a splendid job setting a great tone to the film. That was crisply edited by Kurtz Schneider. The music and background score by Vishal Chandrashekhar was a highlight, because most of the scenes went to another level just because of the score, it set an amazing mood to the film.
Verdict: Debutante Deeraj Vaidy spun a story which gels with the current generation, it might not warm up to the general audience much. But like they say, this will be a hit with the multiplex audience and I’m pretty sure that’s the target makers have in mind. Definitely worth a watch for its technical brilliance laced with tasteful comedy.