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Film : Jai
Release : 2004
Producer/Banner : Thiyagarajan/Lakshmi Shanthi Movie
Story-screenplay-dialogues-direction : S.Narayan
Music : Mani Sharma
Cinematography : P.K.H.Dass
Cast : Prashanth, Anshu Ambani, Thiyagarajan, Bhanupriya, Raj Kiran, Rajan P.Dev
The film begins with Veerapandian (Thiyagarajan) returning from USA after a long gap with his wife (Bhanupriya) and 10-year-old son. Veera Pandian�s deceased father is a well-known landlord in that area and owns a land of 2000 acres. While leaving to States Veerapandian keeps the responsibility of managing land to Vajravelu (Rajan P Dev). Veerapandian realizes that Vajravelu is exploiting the villagers and mistreating the responsibility given to him. Realizing the situation Veerapandian�s philanthropic nature compels him to donate all his land to the 2000 poor families staying in that village. When Vajravelu comes to know of it he kills Veerapandian and his wife. Nallamuthu (Raj Kiran), a loyal lieutenant of Veerapandian, escapes with the kid and raises Jai (Prashanth) in the city. All the trusted people of VeeraPandian were put in jail for a life sentence for 14 years.
Now a grown up Jai falls for Nandhini (Anshu Ambani), a classmate in the college. Jai is a fun-loving guy, yet brave and is cynosure of all eyes. . After college, Jai enters the village along with his father�s trusted men and declares war against the all-powerful Vajravelu to get back his land, so that he can distribute it to the poor as per his father�s wish. He comes to know that Nandhu is the daughter of his rival Vajravelu. The rest of the film is how finally Jai achieves his objective and emerges victorious in the end.
Its out and out Prashanth film, which has been in the making for almost 3 years. Prashanth excels as Jai. His rugged physique and a matured look are the major plus points to project him as hot blooded youth who pines for the revenge. He is also extremely good at action and dance scenes. Anshu Ambani, the debutant heroine looks pretty but has a long way to go as far as performance is concerned. Raj Kiran has given a subtle performance. Simran in the �item number� looks mind-boggling. Thiyagarajan and Bhanupriya have almost non significant roles. For a debutant, Narayan has done a reasonably good job as the director. The story of the film, an age-old revenge saga where son comes back to take revenge on the killer of his parents after a gap of 14 years was fitting well with the original Telugu version Aadi. But here Narayan could have trimmed certain portions which are dragging. At times screenplay falls flat. Music by Mani Sharma is average. Camera work by Dass is good in dance scenes. Extravaganza is obvious in the song sequences.
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