Tuck Jagadish review – Disappointing family drama

Title: Tuck Jagadish
Rating: 2.25/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Nani, Ritu Varma, Jagapathi Babu, Daniel Balaji, Aishwarya  Rajesh, Nasser, Rohini, Rao Ramesh, Naresh
Director: Shiva Nirvana
Streaming on: Amazon Prime
Language: Telugu

Story: Jagadish Naidu (Nani) arrives at his villages for a causal visit and he is soon weighed with the responsibility of saving his family from falling apart after his father’s death.

Performances: Nani has tried something different in this film in terms of performance. He is too subtle and extremely underplayed in every scene which has somewhat misfired. That kind of performance might have worked and suited him in a few scenes alone but he has done it for the entire film, when there was so much scope for him to be energetic and bubbly. Because of this, he feels dull and less on energy throughout the film. He is superb in emotional scenes though as always. Ritu Varma is decent but doesn’t have a strong role. Jagapathi Babu impresses. Nasser, Naresh, Rao Ramesh, Aishwarya Rajesh and Daniel Balaji have done their parts well within limited space.

Technicalities: The quality in camerawork felt slightly better as the film progressed for some strange reason. Thaman’s songs are decent but Gopi Sundar’s background score missed out on the chance of elevating a lot of important scenes. Actions sequences are massy. Dialogues could have been more impactful. Editing felt shabby at a few points and overall length could have been slightly trimmed.

Analysis: The story of the film is age-old just like director Shiva Nirvana’s previous two films. He managed to impress with his strong emotional screenplay in those two films, but here the emotions haven’t been churned out strong enough and created no major connect. The conflict between the characters, their anger and realisations are all shabbily done and do not create any impact. A few emotional scenes featuring Nani and Jagapathi Babu are the only saving grace. The first half has literally nothing exciting to offer but the interval bang is good. The second half has it’s moments but is predictable and with a weak emotional connect and Nani not owning the screen like he usually does. The film might have struggled at the theatres too by relying entirely on family audience with not-so-emotionally strong content. So, going for an OTT release is a wise decision taken.

On a whole: Tuck Jagadish is an ordinary family drama that has nothing fresh or exciting to offer beyond very few good moments or scenes.

Rating: 2.25/5

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