Verdict: Ram and Jaanu will definitely melt your hearts.
Established producer Dil Raju has never attempted a remake before. In his first attempt at a remake, we see the Tamil classic titled 96 as Jaanu. Sharwanand reprises Vijay Sethupathi’s role and Samantha Akkineni plays the role of Trisha. C. Prem Kumar, who directed the original, has directed Jaanu as well.
What’s Jaanu About:
Ram (Sharwanand) is a travel photographer and reminisces his school days. In 2004, while he was at high school, he develops feelings for Jaanu (Samantha Akkineni), a talented singer, and she reciprocates as well. After their board exams, Jaanu tells Ram not to forget her until they meet again after the holidays. However, they never meet again. Cut to the present day. A school reunion is arranged through their school WhatsApp group. Ram and Jaanu meet after 15 years. What happens next forms the premise of Jaanu.
The innocence of young love is the best part of Jaanu, which has a script that is soulful and timeless. Samantha’s winning smile will make your hearts melt. She is absolutely amazing throughout the movie. She is brilliant in her act and elegant in her presence. Sharwanand is apt in the role of Ram. He is fantastic in all the emotional scenes and has proven yet again that he is a master of emotional love stories. Sai Kiran as young Ram and Gouri Kishan as young Jaanu have nailed their performances. The rest of the cast performs their parts well.
Director C. Prem Kumar successfully replicates the same feel and charm of the original. For those who have watched the original, it is indeed a delight to watch this movie all over again in your native language. Govind Vasantha’s music album is sure to stir your soul. Pranam and The Life of Ram are the picks of the lot followed by Inthena and Naa Kale Kalai. The Oohale Oohale beat will remain in your hearts long after you leave the theatres. Chinmayi Sripada’s voice has magic written all over it and it looks more real when hummed by Samantha. Priyathama Priyathama by Majili is one such classic example. Mahendira Jayaraju’s visuals are stunning and splendid. Praveen’s editing is spot on. Every frame from Dil Raju’s production house is filled with grandeur.
What Could’ve Been Better:
Literally nothing! Jaanu makes for a delightful watch for everyone who has ever experienced young love, which is everyone.
Why You Should Watch:
Some movies don’t need reviews. Every reviewer falls short of words while they ought to review a cult-classic movie. Even if you haven’t watched the original, you will love this masterpiece. If you have watched the original, your hearts will melt again with Ram and Jaanu.