Daya. K’s Alias Janaki (2013) Movie Review

Cast: Rahul Venkat, Anisha Ambrose
Producer: Neelima Tirumalashetty
Director: Daya.K
Censor Certificate: U/A
Run-time: 105 Minutes
Watched at Prasads, Hyderabad
Janakiram [Rahul Venkat] comes to Hyderabd and works in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Coperation. He comes across Chaitra [Anisha] through an incident and falls in love with her instantly. Meanwhile, Maisa a illigal land grabber, Plans to possess lal Nagar lands. Janakiram opposes the illegal attempt. But things around Janakiram take a huge swing around when his officer [Tanikella Bharini] joins Maisa and plans to counter Janakiram and help him in possession of lal Nagar lands. Meanwhile, Maisa plans to burn the lal Nagar area with the help of his brother Panda and take possession of land. However, Janakiram discovers that this fire accident at lal Nagar was intentional and it is due to the big and dreaded local goon Maisa along with his couple of government officials and police. Janakiram decides to oppose them team them and a lesson. How Janakiram does that forms the rest of the story.
Debutant Rahul Venkat (nephew of Megastar Chiranjeevi) looks a below average actor who seems to have strictly done what he was shown to do. He does what a good desired hero’s have been doing from long time. Love at first site, parts away from his love life for good will, ever smiling in the love episodes, starring at sky and fighting in close ups and many such routines. Anisha has given her full effort in a poorly written character. Naga Babu characterization is the clinching impairment of the knowledge of the Mega artist. What was a pathetic characterization made worse by poor acting. Sri Ramya looks jaded and disinterested. She also need to concentrate on her looks. Tanikella Bharini is okay in his character. New villains look efficient, but their characterization is poor. Other characters either over react or amateurs who are poorly handled by the director.
The problem with Daya’s film is that, it has a weak script though the routine storyline is drilling. Though the film was made to look like a classy one, once in a while it incorporates unnecessary aspects. Director failed in establishment of love scenes between main leads. Initially, the film was touted to be a feel good message oriented flick but the feel quotient was not properly emphasized leaving the audience with only the music to enjoy. Shravan is the music composer. His “Kadal Prema” song is already a huge hit in the social networking sites. “Koncham Koncham” and “Maarinade ” are nice songs. Rest of the songs failed to make any impact. He has shown his potential in the background score also. A couple of dialogues were crisp and witty but they are far in between in the screenplay. “Duty annedi itharulakosam chesedi kadhu, commitment tho chesedhi”, “Yeduti vadi balam swardam avuthe nee balam niswardam avvali”. A few different perceptions where thrown into the screenplay which looks forced. Sreejith Sarang editing was neat, but he could have trimmed the film a bit and made the screenplay racier with the arrangements of scenes. Cinematography by Sujith Sarang did a decent job with his cinematography. Production Values of Sangamitra Arts are fine.
Alias Janaki touted to be an action entertainer that triggers moral revolution, movie has created expectations with its stylish presentation in posters, trailers and audio. The major grinch in Alias janaki is screenplay which is unelaborated and muzzy with scenes and characters popping out at the convenience of the scriptwriter. It was difficult to sustain interest in the course of 105 minutes. Also movie has no entertainment value with contents which are intended for entertainment failing to live up to it, songs picturization is a case in point. One of the best albums so far this year ruined by very ordinary picturization. On the whole, Alias Janaki fails in evoking viewer’s interest in the first half with it’s routine storyline, non-linear screenplay only to taper off in the second half with loads of easily guessable sequences vitiating the impact.
What Is Good: Shravan Music, Cinematography
What Is Bad: Characters are not Established properly, Rahul Venkat Performance, Transition of the story is Bad, stretching a short story long and forced quotes
Watch It or Not?: Alias Janaki neither impresses nor arouses interest with hardly anything new to offer.

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