Janatha Garage Malayalam Movie Review
'Janatha Garage' does in no way pretend to be anything other than what it truly is, and comes across as a hardcore masala flick with a time tested set of action pieces and sequences. Never really going anywhere that we haven't been to before, 'Janatha Garage' is an oddly stifled film that doesn't much impress either on the action or the emotional front.
Sathyam (Mohanlal) runs the Janatha Garage, a parallel law enforcing enterprise under the guise of a garage, that guarantees its petitioners that justice will be served. It isn't long before he loses his brother and his wife, and fearing for his nephew Anand's (Junior NTR) life, packs him off to Mumbai, far away from the murky crime scene where he was born. Years later they cross ways yet again, and Janatha Garage finds a new successor to Sathyam's long abandoned throne.
'Janatha Garage' moves along the predictable lanes that any masala Telugu entertainer would traverse along, and does not aspire for anything better. The world around you remains the same, after all the high end drama that ensues and finishes off in a couple of hours, and the sense of familiarity that lingers all through, totally takes the edge off it.
It isn't long before Anand gets elevated to the stature of a demi god, and what makes him a tad different from the conventional Telugu super hero is that he is also an environmentalist with some very serious conservation concerns. It's another story that this doesn't make 'Janatha Garage' a film with a particular social intent, and before long it becomes evident that its only purpose if at all, is to entertain.
And this entertainment that it offers is likely to be perceived differently, and if you are likely to be entertained by that larger than life hero sending the baddies scampering to their hell holes, then 'Janatha Garage' might have something on offer for you. Add to it a couple of songs with some back breaking choreography and a sizzler of a woman to boot, and you have the formulaic commercial flick all up and ready for consumption.
It's in a quandary that admirers of Mohanlal in Kerala land themselves in, when they get to watch a film like 'Janatha Garage', where it's Mohanlal, and most probably only Mohanlal the sole reason why they are there in the first place. And as such, the amazing actor doesn't in the least disappoint, and as the invincible Sathyam, he is a true blast, offering his fans and admirers reasons aplenty for jubilation.
And it's heartening to note that apart from Mohanlal, the one actor who makes a mark in 'Janatha Garage' is none other than Unni Mukundan, as much regionalist as it might sound. But without doubt, Unni delivers the goods in the film, and easily puts several other co stars in the shade.
Junior NTR in the lead role plays it to the galleries and ensures that the bouts of heroism that he is expected to ooze, are all there intact. Samantha and Nithya Menon pretty much disappear as fast as they appear, and there is Kajal Aggarwal too in a cameo in an item number to boot.
To cut a long story short, the generic 'Janatha Garage' fails to pack the punch. Barring a debonair Mohanlal and his appealing act, there is probably very little in it for the Malayali viewer that would have him enthralled.