The global phenomenon known as Superstar Rajinikanth is a force to be reckoned with, unrivaled in his sway over admirers worldwide. The latest opus to feature this cinematic titan, titled “Jailer,” has unfurled its grandeur on the silver screen today, riding the crest of sky-high anticipation. Let us now observe whether this creation ascends to the pinnacles of expectation.
Story: Muthuvel Pandian, lovingly known as Muthu (embodied by Rajinikanth), is a retired prison warden whose existence revolves around the simple joys of family life. Muthu’s progeny, his son Arjun (portrayed by Vasanth Ravi), stands as an upright police officer committed to his duty. Arjun’s path intersects with Varma (depicted by Vinakayan), an individual engaged in the illicit trade of ancient artifacts and divine idols. The sudden disappearance of Arjun plunges the police force into disarray, evoking a palpable tension. How Muthu navigates this ruthless journey is the story of Jailer.
Performances: The return of Superstar Rajinikanth is a sight to behold. His character, meticulously sculpted by the ingenious Nelson, undergoes a transformation that traverses the spectrum from understated to formidable. This metamorphosis is artfully depicted, culminating in a climactic interval that seizes the senses. Rajinikanth’s innate comedic timing, a facet finely honed, finds delightful expression in “Jailer.” Tamannah looked hot in the Kavallayya song. Vasanth Ravi was decent and Ramya Krishna gave able support to Rajinikanth.
Technicalities: Anirudh‘s sonic mastery assumes paramount importance, layering scenes with emotional depth and thematic coherence. The way his BGM elevates the film is of another level. Anirudh is one of the heroes of the film. Anirudh’s evocative score enhances Superstar’s presence, cascading through scenes like the Hukum song and the interval, amplifying their visual impact. Vijay Kartik’s cinematography, though respectable, hardly dazzles. The production values stand solid, while judicious trimming could have rectified the pacing issues plaguing the second act. The design for Rajini’s look is good as the hero plays his age in a cool manner.
Analysis: Nelson Dilipkumar‘s directorial prowess surfaces admirably in his treatment of Rajinikanth, yet falters due to the narrative’s inherent frailty. The initial half is a testament to his skill, but the latter part’s decline exposes shortcomings in scriptwriting. A more substantive script could have bolstered the film’s overall impact. Jailer grapples with a narrative thread stretched to its limits, resulting in a somewhat underwhelming second act.
While the initial half thrives on Rajinikanth’s comedic and theatrical gifts, the latter half falters to sustain the momentum. As the plot falters, the director’s ingenuity appears to wane, and a few comedic subplots, regrettably, fail to revitalize the experience. Certain characterizations, such as Sunil’s and the involvement of Tamannaah, seem to add little value to the overall cinematic liberty.
The fragility of the plot impairs the potential impact of action sequences, failing to evoke the anticipated adrenaline rush. Emotional resonance remains scarce, and the concluding twist, alas, lacks the desired impact. Protracted sequences encumber the film’s pace in its latter half, demanding considerable patience. Much-anticipated appearances by Shiv Rajkumar and Mohanlal yield an impact shy of expectations, while Jackie Shroff’s role feels underutilized. In a way, Jailer is a partially captivating fusion of action and drama, relying predominantly on the prowess and charisma of Rajinikanth
Verdict: Overall, Jailer is for pure Rajini fans. He does not disappoint and has a great role in the film. While the first half and the dark humor are good, the second half falls flat after the solid post-interval scene. From there, Nelson fails to hold the show and only the climax is better making the fans satisfied. The masala that one needs from a Rajini film is missing in Jailer.
Bottom Line – Strictly for Rajini fans