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Julayi Review

Deepa Garimella /
Can watch again
Good for kids
Good for dates
Wait to rent it
Losing steam is a luxury excellence cannot afford.

Much like a Merc running into unexpected ignition troubles smack in the middle of a traffic-laden road, causing untold agony to motorists in a mile's radius, Julaayi is a sorry waste of a beauty of a film. What makes it hurt twice over is that for many, it's a picnic gone wrong, and not just a trainwreck in the distance. This Trivikram Srinivas - Allu Arjun combination was supposed to have been a formidable entertainer - a return to the post-Pokiri Tollywoodian combination of writing, slickness and star power.

And indeed, that is how it starts - on a high note. Ravinder Narayan (Allu Arjun) is a brilliant 25-year-old, jobless and lazy, and generally given to smart-aleck-ness of the "I am smarter than an Einstein equation" kind. One day, after a heated conversation with his father (Tanikella Bharani) about how he is contemptuous of the middle-class pace of life, and how he wants to make it big really fast, Ravi heads to a pub to make some quick money gambling.

A seemingly casual conversation with a bunch of suspicious-looking people on the way (Sonu Sood and gang) changes his life forever, as Ravi then gets involved as a witness in a massive bank robbery that a gangster (Sonu Sood) called Bittu pulls off. Bittu is arrested but soon gets away.

Meanwhile, as part of a witness protection program, Ravi is sent to Hyderabad to live with Sitaram (Rajendra Prasad), a faint-hearted cop who has never shot a bullet into anyone in his entire career. The Bittu-Ravi games then begin, and fun ensues.

For about an hour, Julaayi is absolutely electric, with Trivikram's sumptuous dialogues owning the film. There are moments when you realize that Trivikram isn't a writer of merely lines - he also has mastery over the visual, the screenplay, the parts of the scenes that must be watched and not merely heard. What does justice to his incisive dialogues is the expert team on screen, and with Allu Arjun leading the pack, it only seems uphill from there.

But later, when Ravi rants at how the police are so incapable they let the criminal get away twice from under their noses, you cannot help feeling a bit cheated yourself - it is clear that Bittu's repeated escapes are a ploy to keep the plot going despite it having run out of fuel. The story could have been wound up pre-interval, but it is not. The second half of Julaayi is then a huge set-up for something really big - that doesn't happen. There's nothing going on between the hero and the villain for a long long time, and in the meantime, we have Ravi wooing Madhu with a gun, and also a semi-funny scene with their parents meeting.

What goes wrong with these potentially perfect movies, then? Why do even the best of our writer-directors give in to the folly of driving this "pre-interval/post-interval" wedge into their plots? Why can't we have seamless entertainers where "Interval" doesn't mean a change in audience experience?

In any case, the dry humour is rather brilliantly written, and that saves Julaayi from going into absolute decay. With Ravi teaming up with Sitaram, and his wooing his plain-Jane (but not for long) heroine Madhu (Ileana), there are some fun scenes to indulge in.

The acting is as good as it can get. Allu Arjun's stardom doesn't overshadow Ravi, and he makes for the perfect self-assured rebel that the movie is all about. Ravi, in fact, is a well-etched character that doesn't find a parallel in the rest of the film. Ileana looked like she has a meaningful role, but as it turns out, she's limited to being cute and helpless.

Sonu Sood is your usual lanky villain, and while his lip-sync goes awry, it's nice to see him back. Brahmaji and a couple of others aid him. Rajendra Prasad has a key role in the film, as do Rao Ramesh (as a police officer) and the set of comedians - Brahmanandam, M S Narayana and Dharmavarapu. Posani Krishna Murali makes a brief (albeit much cheered-on) appearance, Vennela Kishore has a 2-minute cameo, Ali appears for a brief minute, and Udaya Bhanu dances for around 30 seconds.

Devi Sri Prasad (who also breaks into a jig himself, with "Bunny") has a hit on his hands. The songs are far too many and far too ill-placed, though. The film is visually slick, but the action sequences aren't too extra-ordinary.

Julaayi could have been a much better film, but it might just do as long as you're not wagering your life on it.
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  • Cast
    Allu Arjun, Ileana, Sonu Sood, Rajendra Prasad, Brahmaji, Rao Ramesh, M S Narayana, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Brahmanandam, Hema, Vennela Ravi Kishore, Tanikella Bharani
  • Music
    Devi Sri Prasad
  • Director
    Trivikram Srinivas
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
    1 user says this is wrong.
Aru june sorry July sorrry Aug on 9th Aug 2012, 11:29pm | Permalink
Sun Thu Pehle Sunn.... Its a Rod Movie Rod Movie Rod Movie Rod Movie Rod Movie Rod Movie Anthe........ Allu Arvind Appude Statement Ichadu Malli Movie Akad akada Ree Shooting Cheyalani..... Vinaledu.... Anthe Ilage Vuntadhi.....
1 - 12 OF 12 COMMENTS
Can watch again - NA
Good for kids - NA
Good for dates - NA
Wait to rent it - NA
aishwarya on 29th Apr 2013, 3:46pm | Permalink
julayi is an awesome movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
trivikram is very intelligent. it is the best movie in this has got the right combination of intelligence,comedy and action.
Kumar on 16th Jan 2013, 12:38am | Permalink
Allu Arjun's character was not etched well. He comes from a regular middle class family with a fantasy of making it big in short time...but how come he will have the violent attitude of piercing a pen thorough the palms of a man and emotions between him and Sonu Sood are never so heated up for Allu Arjun to take it on his 'Ego'. The purpose of the whole hero's rivalry with villain rivalry does not really get established for a solid reason. Why does a man waiting to make a quick buck devote himself to stop villain from escaping abroad.
Shantanu on 2nd Sep 2012, 9:26pm | Permalink
Movie is really good.. you can expect all the punch dialogues that we generally expect from Trivikram.. 100% entertainment movie.. To understand all the punch dialogues and creativity of trivikram one must watch atleast two times :)...

Answers from my point of view for your questions:

1. How come a guy with the IQ of Ravi has no job or any achievements by the age of 25, when the movie starts?
>> Because he was always trying to get things in shortcut.. like betting.. and it depends on what qualification he had? all fields are not like software to get the job easily :)

2. Why does Sonu Sood give Allu Arjun a lift right at the beginning?
>> Why should he not give lift ? its coincidence.. movies can only show a coincidences.. you should watch "devudu chesina manushulu" to understand what would have happened if that coincidence was some other way :)

3. Why doesn't Sonu Sood kill Allu Arjun on the bridge (close to the interval) when the latter has thrown his gun away?
>> if you watch clearly both of them did not throw the gun.. sonu sood cleverly escaped from situation throwing ileana from bridge keeping allu arjun busy in helping her..
Saradhi on 20th Aug 2012, 4:26pm | Permalink
Guys! Watch the movie without using your intelligence. If you want to see a technically and schematically good movie, then this is the worst one. But if you see in entertainment angle for two hours, you can really enjoy.
sunil on 17th Aug 2012, 12:23pm | Permalink
what kind of movie it is ?
how u give 6 rated ?
in the bank robbery is try to copy the batman dark night movie ,
sonu act like joker
kinny on 12th Aug 2012, 11:30pm | Permalink
superb film dailoge n dance .naku allu style nachindi vadante naku picchi. Anduke vadu stylish .julayi roks
Swaroop on 10th Aug 2012, 11:22am | Permalink
Aru june sorry July sorrry Aug on 9th Aug 2012, 11:29pm | Permalink
Sun Thu Pehle Sunn.... Its a Rod Movie Rod Movie Rod Movie Rod Movie Rod Movie Rod Movie Anthe........ Allu Arvind Appude Statement Ichadu Malli Movie Akad akada Ree Shooting Cheyalani..... Vinaledu.... Anthe Ilage Vuntadhi.....
Kishore on 9th Aug 2012, 6:51pm | Permalink
One point the review misses is the large number of gaps in logic. Just 3 examples:

1. How come a guy with the IQ of Ravi has no job or any achievements by the age of 25, when the movie starts?

2. Why does Sonu Sood give Allu Arjun a lift right at the beginning?

3. Why doesn't Sonu Sood kill Allu Arjun on the bridge (close to the interval) when the latter has thrown his gun away?

Trivikram tried to create a Sherlock Holmes in Ravi, but Trivikram's genuis is for writing awesome scenes and lines, not for weaving spectacular piecing-it-together puzzles.

There appears to be too little happening in the movie - like in the Prabhas-starrer Ek Niranjan, it is a monochromatic hero-chasing-villian tale, with no stakes, scale, grandeur or momentum building as the tale progresses along.

And there is lesser of the Trivikram humour than we hoped for, and in some places, a few more dialogues than there should have been.

And finally, @Sundeep: what word in this review needed a dictionary?
krishna on 9th Aug 2012, 6:38pm | Permalink
only the first 15-20 minutes of the movie captured my interest. the story turned so dull after that. the dialogues shined only once in a while. a few punch dialogues does not make a story or a movie. the dialogues in Khaleja are much better than in this movie. movie is not able to reach the "Hype" that was surrounded..would rate 5 out of 10.
Sonu Sood........ on 9th Aug 2012, 11:22pm | Permalink
krish correct ga cheppadu...... Its A Rod Movie.....
krishna on 9th Aug 2012, 6:41pm | Permalink
Need to add, the trailer of Sudigaadu in the interval got more whistles and cheers than anytime during the entire movie of Julayi.
shyamprasad on 9th Aug 2012, 5:46pm | Permalink
very good review about the movie with every character & story narations.
Sundeep on 9th Aug 2012, 5:26pm | Permalink
"Full Hyderabad" ae ooru naanna manadhi ....Manam hollywood cinemaale kaani tollywood chuse alavaatu ledha ??? Janaalaki andharaki review ardam ayyela raayaalani eppudu thelusukutav ra gutley ....My rating for your review is 0.5/10 ....

The Movie is a good entertainer and can keep you engaged throughout ....This is one movie you can't miss and a nice watch ....The rating can be around 7.5/10 ....
Sreedhar on 11th Aug 2012, 2:55am | Permalink
"ANDHARAKI ardham ayye review EVVADU RAYALEDU". There'll always be a few who don't understand or miss the point ... daaniki ooru / city tho sambandham ledu... Neeku ee review ardham kaaledu.... bad luck..carry on. I personally liked this review - it does what its supposed to do - which is give a sense and feel of the film without giving spoilers / subplots away. It takes a lot to write such a peice (/ or any peice for that matter - when you are aware that there will be a few thousand readers for it)... so don't be so hard on the writer...
Sreedhar on 9th Aug 2012, 9:42pm | Permalink
Why use unnecessary words? My rating for your comment is -0.5/10, if that makes any sense. It's easy to make things worse, like you just did. Most probably you will not learn anything from my comment, but I at least tried. Have fun, normal way, that is.
Naveen on 9th Aug 2012, 9:36pm | Permalink
As much as like Fullhyd (non-Tollywood)reviews, Deepa G's Tollywood reviews are anything but logical.
Naveen on 9th Aug 2012, 9:33pm | Permalink
LOL, well said Sundeep.
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