Verdict: The perfect launch pad for Nikhil Gowda as a super-hero!
Jaguar is a Telugu-Kannada bilingual movie that released simultaneously in both the languages today. Being the launchpad for Deva Gowda’s grandson, the makers have left no stone unturned to make Jaguar a grand debut for Nikhil. Story is penned by S.S.Rajamouli’s father S.Vijayaendra Prasad and is directed by Mahadev, who earlier directed Mitrudu earlier, and is S.S.Rajamouli's protégé. Made at a budget of seventy crore INR, let’s see if Jaguar has lived up to its expectations.
Sampath is a media mogul and is the owner of a medical college where S.S.Krishna (Nikhil) is a medical student. Krishna is an orphan and befriends Priya who is also an orphan and studying in the same college. Priya’s brother is a sincere medical student and Krishna targets some highly influential people from the field of medicine and starts killing them wearing a mask of Jaguar. This results in provoking Priya’s brother to become a leader. In the meanwhile, Jagapathi Babu is appointed as a C.B.I officer to nab the culprit. What is Krishna’s motive? Why is he killing highly influential people under the pseudonym Jaguar? How is it related to the title Jaguar? Will C.B.I officer succeed in nabbing the actual culprit? All these factors form the crux of this flick.
Nikhil Gowda is awesome as Krishna and Jaguar. His dance moves and fights are mind blowing. This is one of the best debut flicks for any newcomer in recent times. He is here to stay, for sure. Deepti Sati is beautiful and has got one of the most exciting debut launches in Kannada and Telugu languages. She has played her role pretty well and is not just limited to play a glamorous doll. Jagapathi Babu is in full form in the role of C.B.I officer. It is equally supported by some wonderful performances of Rao Ramesh and Ramya Krishna in the latter half. Sampath and Aditya Menen have played the roles of antagonists and it seemed quite similar to what they have enacted in their earlier movies. One of the major highlights of the movie is Adarsh Balakrishna, who plays a positive role this time and he has excelled beyond expectations. Brahmanandam’s comedy is routine and could not evoke enough laughter.
On the technical front, Channambika Films, headed by Anita and H.D.Kumaraswamy, need to be applauded for their guts and passion for making a very grand project by spending almost seventy crores while launching a debut hero. All the money they spent is seen on each and every visual throughout the movie. Mahadev has taken extreme care to not let the story get sidelined amidst the huge canvas. Music by S.S.Thaman is one of the major highlights of Jaguar and so is the cinematography by Manoj Paramahamsa.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Watch Jaguar for its grandeur and some heavy duty action.
–By Ajay Mudunuri