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Jagadam
Ravi Mundoli / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
6.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
NA
NA
NA
NA
Suggestions
Can watch again
NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
First things first: Jagadam has all the usual problematic themes that run through many movies in this kaliyugam. The exaltation of a violent lifestyle, the objectification of women, the inaction of official machinery, the glorification of cigarettes and alcohol, and the differentiation of cubic functions, all are found in liberal dollops. Well, except the last one – we just threw that in there to check if you were actually still reading the sentence.

If you go into the theater expecting a poignant story, sensitively told, and ultimately meaningful, you may be disappointed. But if you take care to leave that part of your mental makeup outside, you might just end up having a reasonably good time.

Seenu (Ram) grows up in a small family of modest means. Right from his childhood, he learns that might is right, that people respect only the strongman, and that learning to use his fists could potentially be a viable career move. The way other kids idolize sportspersons, Seenu idolizes the lumpen elements in his neighborhood, the most lumpy one being Manickam (Pradeep Rawat).

Seenu and his gang go about their merry way quarreling with other smalltime gangs, chasing girls, and indulging in certain liquid and gaseous vices. Like all youngsters, they’re ambitious and have dreams for the future, except that these guys chiefly dream about moving into the big league where they can use more sophisticated technologies such as knives and guns.

The gang comes to the attention of Manickam, who, like all self-respecting goondas, now wants to take the next logical step and move into politics. Soon, the gang is doing minor “jobs” for Manickam and his right hand man Laddu (who looks the part). As Seenu & Co. become more and more important, a feud of sorts starts simmering between him and his erstwhile mentor Laddu.

Subbalakshmi (Isha Sahani), the love of his life, gets Seenu involved in a land usurpation issue that forces him into a path of confrontation with Manickam. Seenu meanwhile has learnt a few things, one of the important ones being that there’s always a bigger fish. If Laddu dances to Manickam’s tune, Manickam himself is beholden to the local MLA, PVR (Tanikella Bharani).

As far as story goes, Jagadam isn’t all that unusual. One faction of an organization pitted against another; ambitious, demanding employees trying to protect their own turfs resulting in headaches for the management etc. etc.

The thing that makes it different from Dilbert is the sheer pace and raw energy that permeates Jagadam. There isn’t a let up anywhere, no unnecessary comedy tracks on the side, no dawdling in labyrinthine plots. As the gang goes from one situation to another, you barely have time to catch your breath, let alone reflect on what happened. When the interval comes around, you say a quiet prayer of thanks, but even this break is ominous because the screen appropriately says “Interruption” instead of “Interval”.

Ram does a very good job as Seenu – he’s got the young canine look of innocence when he needs it, but also radiates malevolence when required. Special mention to the rest of his gang for being so loyal and entertaining. Pradeep Rawat is menacing as Manickam.

The rest of the cast doesn’t have a whole lot of screen time. Isha Sahani is new and cute, but that’s about all she has to be. Prakash Raj has a tiny role as a top cop, remarkable mainly for the scene in which he draws a flowchart on a whiteboard to explain to Seenu why crime is bad – perhaps a first in Indian cinema. The story is crisply told, and the songs pulsate in sync with the tempo of the rest of the movie (you can’t have missed 5 feet 8 inches).

Perhaps the biggest reason why Jagadam works has nothing to do with the acting, or the music, or the direction, or any of the million humdrum things that go into the making of a movie. It owes its thanks to physiology, in the form of a gland located near the kidney. Adrenaline is what Jagadam relies on, and the cast and crew can take a bow for successfully getting it flowing at all the right times.

Maybe we were too hasty in judging Jagadam as glorifying violence. After all, in the second half there is a completely unexpected twist that blindsides you, and in the end there is a message that might end up striking a chord. Catch Jagadam if you can – you might have fun and it might leave you thinking.
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Jagadam (telugu) reviews
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  • Cast
    Ram, Isha Sahani, Pradeep Rawat, Narsing Yadav, Prakash Raj, Tanikella Bharani
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    Devi Sri Prasad
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    Sukumar
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    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Ram on 21st Jan 2013, 11:16pm | Permalink
Dear Mr.Ravi Mundoli, its 'Manikyam'...not Manickam...do you wrtite 'Toko' for 'Tokyo'.. :-) you write a review of telugu movies without knowing how to pronounce telugu words ....he he he..
Chalam on 10th Jul 2007, 10:17am | Permalink
See, that is a good review. What the hell is up with the rating then? 4.5 is what it is..Pokiri is 4 aaaa? and this is 2.5, the question is why and how?

So, you purely rate the movies on how the telugu audience will like it. You don't have a conscience. Hmmm..FYI, there are 'n' number of reviewers out there who rate for telugu audience and don't pretend otherwise. Where as you fake!!
RATING
10
A B on 6th Apr 2007, 8:49pm | Permalink
nice review ... quite verbose
RATING
6
Bharat Anne on 6th Apr 2007, 7:56pm | Permalink
gr8 movie good message
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10
Raja on 30th Mar 2007, 9:07pm | Permalink
stupid movie
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2
Karan on 21st Mar 2007, 3:40pm | Permalink
wonderfull... good sign for telugu movie industry.
RATING
10
Please Everyone on 21st Mar 2007, 8:26am | Permalink
Ram, plz pronounce telugu properly.It should be loud and clear.not nasty and fast. get some dvds of ntr(senior for god's sake, not jr.), jaggayya, anr, and sai kumar and understand how they pronounced our divine language. save our dignity man. singers from other languages are taking our reputation down to hell. plz make sure ur good in ur language atleast in ur next movie.
RATING
2
Jagan on 20th Mar 2007, 6:01pm | Permalink
hollywood style of taking,,full of energy.
RATING
10
Cinegoer Review on 20th Mar 2007, 11:00am | Permalink
Its a worse movie. Donot understand why ppl waste money making movies like these. There is no link between scenes. Isha's role is dumb. her presence was mere skin show.
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2
Ashok on 20th Mar 2007, 10:33am | Permalink
nice. brilliant visuals, super music...
RATING
10
RAJESH on 19th Mar 2007, 11:12pm | Permalink
JAGADAM-ROCKS!
RAM-ROCKS!
RATING
10
V Prashanth on 19th Mar 2007, 7:38pm | Permalink
huge waste of time!if u want to waste money and valuable time n also want a big head ache then go for this movie!
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2
Sesu on 17th Mar 2007, 9:16pm | Permalink
wonderful job sukumar.....Gr8
RATING
10
Sai on 17th Mar 2007, 6:18pm | Permalink
Exellent taking,Highly technical,Sensational Music.,.then wat need foe a movie than this...reflects Hollywood style of making,Expect LAST 15 Min....whole movie is Awesome........
RATING
10
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