|Release date : 29 March 2013
|123telugu.com Rating : 1.5/5
|Director : Vennela Kishore
|Producer : Ramesh Varma
|Music Director : Anup Rubens
|Starring : Brahmanandam, Ali
Vennela Kishore’s maiden directorial venture, ‘Vennela 1.5’, bombed at the Box Office. He has now come up with his second venture ‘Jaffa’, which has Brahmanandam in the lead role. The film has been produced by Ramesh Varma and Anup Rubens composed the music. Let us see how good or bad ‘Jaffa’ is.
J Falguda a.k.a Jaffa (Brahmanandam) is a software engineer. His sadistic boss Melkote puts him through a lot of stress and keeps making his life miserable. Jaffa has a timid assistant named Sujith (Dhanraj). A chance encounter with Alla Uddin (Venu Madhav) changes Jaffa’s life and he decides to take on his boss Melkote. This leads to unexpected events and Jaffa is blamed for the death of a person.
In jail, Jaffa gains a legendary reputation and jailer Nikki soon becomes his devotee. But Jaffa is not happy to spend time in jail and he wants to escape
Will he succeed in his escape? What difficulties does he face? Will he be able to clear his name of false charges? That forms the rest of the story.
Plus Points :
Brahmanandam has tried his best to take the film forward. He looks perfect for the role of Jaffa and even has one or two funny lines.
Thagubothu Ramesh manages to bring a few laughs as the graveyard care taker. Melkote was ok.
Minus Points :
When you have someone like Brahmanandam in a prime role in your movie and still fail to make people laugh, you have only yourself to blame. In this case, it is Vennela Kishore’s fault. The film’s story becomes clear within the first 10 – 15 mins itself and after that, there is nothing for viewers to even anticipate or guess.
The scenes are poorly written and there is no concept of ‘screenplay’. The pace of the movie is excruciatingly slow and because of this, irritation sets in.
Vennela Kishore’s direction is extremely poor. In fact, some of the short film makers seem to be far more talented that Kishore. Being a good comedian is one thing but writing good comedy is an entirely different ball game. Vennela Kishore should realise this.
Ali, Raghu Babu and Venu Madhav are wasted in terribly scripted characters.
Technical Aspects :
Cinematography is ok in patches. Editing is virtually non existent but then, when the content is so poor, there is only so much an editor can do. Anup Rubens tried his best to liven up the proceedings with his background score.
Production values are very average. Vennela Kishore should perhaps refrain from direction and concentrate on his acting career.
‘Jaffa’ ends up being a Jaffa film. In other words, it is boring, slow and there is no rib-tickling comedy. In the past, Brahmanandam single handedly saved some films from being certain disasters. But sadly, even he cannot do anything here.
123telugu.com Rating – 1.5/5
Reviewed by Raghava
(Translated by Emmess)