Whatever it is, when it comes to mind game between the protagonist and the antagonist, Siddharth Abhimanyu from Dhruva is considered as the father of the modern mind game villains, because Siddharth is a pure villain who never accepts his failure. He has no sentimental relations and continues his attitude even on his deathbed. Almost he plans his own death. Let us come to the antagonist of the newly released film Jawaan co-written and directed by well-known writer B.V.S Ravi. The antagonist character in this film exactly resembles Siddharth’s character from Dhruva. The film has also some features of Thani Oruvan/Dhruva. It’s common in the industry to see films resembling the masterpiece in a particular genre.
The story is a well-known plot which was set up in the backdrop of DRDO and Missile smuggling. The screenplay in the second half is too good than the first half. The mind game is too interesting and gripping. But when it comes to climaxing, it ended with an age-old twist. When it comes to some crime thriller, the game is always between the protagonist and the antagonist. There is a less scope for the love stories of hero, which is just an ineffectual B-story for the film. But we keep on adding these stories as a part of commercial cinema. These extra salt and pepper should be added such that it should not disturb the real flavour of the genre. When it comes to Jawaan, the conversation scenes between the hero and heroine and the song placements seems like a disturbance for the film story. The unnecessary placements of the songs were dragged away from the story. It takes some more time for the audience to get back to the story. That’s why these days’ thriller films have fewer songs.
The best part of the film is the outdoor locations and production design. Apart from the DRDO setup, rest of the scenes were shot in the real locations. It is a clever way of execution to use the natural production designed locations and this method, in turn, reduces the production cost.
Guhan’s cinematography stands out to be the best. He has delivered what was necessary for the genre and has helped to set the mood of the film. The subtle play of light and shadows in the second half is too good. The shots inside the hero’s home are tightly packed and most of the scenes don’t have a master shot. This method is the way to avoid large production on a low budget.
Thaman’s music seems similar to many other films. The songs and the background score could have been much better. An unnecessary placement of the songs in the screenplay is a pointless attempt in the film.
Sai Dharam Tej and the other cast have performed their best and it’s good to see many native actors in the film.
On the whole, Jawaan is a film which looks very similar to Dhruva, yet has its own commercial flavour which hasn’t completely fulfilled the genre.