A warm, heart wrenching film is 'Jai Bolo Telangana' that succeeds in encapsulating the true emotion of Telangana struggle but fails in entertaining overall.
| Haricharan Pudipeddi
One thing that should always be kept in mind is the fact that it is not easy to appeal all type of audiences with a sensitive subject, especially one that may or may not hurt the sentiment of many. 'Jai Bolo Telangana' is not just the depiction of the weak and poor in historical Telangana; however it goes beyond that.
Jayamma and her family has been the biggest contributor to Telangana for several generations. The director includes the struggle against the dictatorial rule of the Razakars; the armed campaign for the land to the tiller. He follows it up with the 1969 protest where it did not achieve the goal of a separate State but secured assurance of safeguards for the region all in a song featuring Jagapathi Babu.
The current story belonging to the fourth generation, of Jayamma's family picks up momentum reflecting the times and aspirations of the Telangana people and concludes into a struggle for political freedom wherein colleges get involved; it is here the agitation at Osmania University, the role of print and electronic media, the immolation termed sacrifice of the Telangana student, the brutality and confinement of the students by the "Andhra" police citing law and order is screened obviously with sympathy tilting to the cause, the region and the people.
The love story weaved together in this film reminds one of the fact that irrespective of the place, period and time love can happen. The story points out very subtle things such as the tiff between Andhra and Telangana; for example, though both places are part of the same state, the film throws light on the state of Andhra Pradesh ripped apart by senseless emotions and sentiment. Apart from the story, you have a lackadaisical Telangana dialect, the tradition, customs, festivals and the warmth of the people of Telangana.
Jagapathi Babu's performance is definitely worth talking about and his commitment in the role gives one the feeling that his heart beats out for Telangana. Undoubtedly, in many years to come we are sure to see many stars essaying similar roles in stories revolving around the struggle for Telangana. Shankar has done a good job, whether people see his film or not he has made a perfect cocktail of news clippings and human tragedy.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
3 out of 5 (Good)
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0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Average
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good