Janatha Garage Review
Sathyam (Mohan Lal) owns Janatha Garage where repairs to vehicles as well as justice to the needy happen. Sathyam and his followers go up to any extent to save people. And then there is Anand (NTR) who is a nature lover and an Environmental Science student. Situations force Anand into the path of Sathyam and Janatha Garage has got a new muscle. Rest of the story is what happens after Anand enters Janatha Garage.
NTR & Mohan Lal's characterisations are the USPs for Janatha Garage and aptly so, they have given their 100% to their roles. Mohanlal is excellent as usual while Tarak delivered one of his finest performances till date. Samantha is beautiful and will drive masses crazy in Apple Beauty Song. Nithya Menon is seen in an author backed role and is good as always. Kajal Agarwal's Pakka Local Item Song which comes in the second half is an asset for the film. She rocked the show with her hot moves. Ajay, Rajiv Kanakala, Sai Kumar and Suresh have all done well.
Koratala who is known for coming up with good stories got yet another with Janatha Garage. However, he somehow struggled to drive the point home. The first half is more of Mohanlal's show with a good interval of the NTR-Mohanlal meet. Somehow, the scenes about environmental conservation are not effectively conceived. The second half starts with a bang. The action hero in NTR enthralls in the first 25 minutes. Rajiv Kanakala episode is too good. But then the pace slips after that and ends flat. As a whole, we feel Koratala did not either do justice to the character or the mass hero in Tarak. We could not see a proper confrontation scene between NTR and the villain which is a big disappointment.
As said already Koratala is a partial success as a writer and director in the film, probably that is the difficulty of handling a mass hero. Thiru came up rich visuals for the film. Devi Sri Prasad has come up with good songs and very good re-recording. Jayaho Janatha, Apple Beauty, and Pakka Local come at the right time and are good. Fights are good and dialogues are well-written. Editing could have been a lot better. Production Values are sound.
Janatha Garage is an honest story which could have been executed better. The movie has its good moments here and there but the experience as a whole happens to be patchy for fans and common audience. But then, you can try it for some intense performances and emotions.
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