Jil Movie Review
Gopichand ’s new found conﬁdence, combined with a striking makeover, is the first thing that pops out in his latest action drama, Jil. And for a really long time, that's the only thing which stands out in the ﬁlm which tries to play safeand never explote its full potential. Thankfully, the proceedings become a little more gripping in the second half, which sets the stage for Gopichand to unleash all the flury that one expects from him.
We are told that a dreaded don, Chota Nayak (Kabir) is having for his associate Ranganath‘s (Brahmaii) blood soon aﬂer he finds out that the latter had cheated him. The story shins to Hyderabad, where Jai (Gopichand) works as a firefighter. He's a man of duty and more often than not, his bravado shocks even his worst enemy. One fine day, he meets Savitri (Rashi Khanna), a college student, and soon, both of them fall in love with each other. In the middle of all this, Chota Nayak's henchmen end up clashing with Jai and all hell breaks loose when Nayak himself enters the fray. The rest of the story is about how Jai manages to overcome all the challenges to save his family and Savitri from Chota Nayak.
In an action drama like this, where you are promised lots of action. it's endearing to see someone like Gopichand stripped oil his machismo. As long as he doesn’t get into a mood to fight and break people's skulls and bones, Jai is exttemely subdued. He's a perfect mama's boy so to speak. And at a point in the ﬁlm, we realise that he is struggling to express his love to Savitri. Their first kiss becomes a topic of discussion at his home and his aunt, played by the incredibly funny Urvashi. freaks out the moment she hears a bout the girl in his life It's moments like these that add a layer of innooence to an otherwise gore-fest where people puke so much blood that it makes you squirm.
Then, there are other things which showcase debutant director Radha Krishna Kumar's sensibilities as a writer-director, In the first few minutes of the film, Savitri (Raashi) gets stranded on a ledge and she ﬁnds great pleasure in the publicity that her suicide attempt generates. Soon, she tries to ﬂirt with Jai witha child like enthusiasm, but when he tries to kiss her, she runs away As far as the action scenes are concerned, Radha Krishna does well to build the tension in the second half, especially when Jai faces his worst adversity Among the actors, Gopichand does well to carry oil the role and Raashi does everything she can to make Savitri seem charming However, it is Kabir who shines the most in a powerful role, which gives him enough gravitas to showcase his acting chops.
Despite all this, the film lacks the sort of energy that you expect from an action entertainer. The tone of the film flip-flops from being drab to extremely violent within a matter of few minutes, which never lets you to sink your teeth deep into the story. Ghibran's music is good on the ears and Sakthi Saravanan's cinematography makes the whole ﬁlm visually appealing. The question is that enough to keep you hooked on to the screens? Maybe not. There is plenty of action, but what the film lacks is fire power, and that's a pity.