Verdict: Balakrishna continues his Sankranthi Success Streak.
Jai Simha, starring Nandamuri Balakrishna, Nayanthara, Hariprriya and Natasha Doshi in lead roles is directed by K.S.Ravikumar and produced by C.Kalyan under C.K. Entertainments. Sankranthi season has proven lucky for Balakrishna in the past with several movies that released during this season like Samarasimha Reddy, Narasimha Naidu, Gauthamiputra Satakarni etc. went on to become super hits. Also, any title with “Simha” in it has also proven to be fruitful for Balakrishna's career. This Sankranthi, he is back as Jai Simha where music and background score has been rendered by Chirantan Bhatt and the cinematography is handled by C.Ram Prasad. The rest of cast includes Prakash Raj, Ashutosh Rana, Brahmanandam, Murali Mohan and Jaya Prakash Reddy. Let’s see if Balakrishna continues his success streak during Sankaranthi season with Jai Simha as well.
What’s Jai Simha About:
Narasimha (Nandamuri Balakrishna) is the owner of a garage named Narasimha Auto Mechanic Works at Vizag. He and Gauri (Nayanthara) are madly in love with each other. Gauri’s father (Prakash Raj) is a headmaster and opposes the marriage proposal of his daughter with Narasimha. Circumstances lead to Narasimha marrying his employee Manga (Hariprriya) who dies after giving birth to twins. What does Narasimha do after his wife’s death? What happens when Narasimha and Gauri meet again? To know all these and much more, watch Jai Simha at a theatre near you.
The story and the screenplay are the cruces of Jai Simha. Nandamuri Balakrishna has given a riveting performance and has succeeded in exploiting all the emotions. He will still give the younger lot a run for their money when it comes to dancing and fights. Nayanthara is extremely beautiful and the chemistry between her and Balakrishna works big time. Hariprriya is good in a short and important role and so is Natasha Doshi. Dialogues involving the importance of Brahmin priests to perform rituals is praiseworthy. All the sentiments and the sacrifices made by hero will touch the hearts. The climax is a huge plus. The music is good and cinematography is fantastic. The production values are grand.
What Could Have Been Better:
Scenes involving Brahmanandam and his wife could have easily been chopped off. The background score could have been better in a few scenes. A shorter run-time would've worked wonders for the film.
Why You Should Watch:
Jai Simha is a total feast for Balakrishna fans and will be well received with the rest of audience as well. It is a wholesome entertainer with full commercial ingredients and is the best bet to watch this Sankranthi festival. The emotions and sentimental scenes will work big time with the families.
–By Ajay Mudunuri