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Junga review: Quirkily Hilarious
The world of Junga
Paying homage or making references to past films and spoofing the famous movie scenes is nothing new. But with Junga, Makka; Selvan Vijay Sethupathi and director Gokul take it a step ahead. The movie starts with a police inspector is instructed to encounter the dreaded don Junga. But who is Junga? There is a flashback.
Now, coming to the credentials of the film, Vijay Sethupathi himself produced the movie on a relatively high budget of 20 crores and teams up with director Gokul after their successful first combination. Sayyesha Saigal and Madonna Sebastian (albeit in a cameo) jin him as the female leads. Whether his risk of producing this movie paid off or not can be understood with Junga review.
Hello bus conductor
Junga is a bus conductor (hello Rajinikanth). He falls head over heels in love with a Telugu speaking girl played by Madonna Sebastian. He is apparently a non-violent person but has to resort to violence when someone harasses his lady love in a well-constructed action sequence.
The lost wealth
Junga’s mother played by the terrific Saranya Ponnavan is concerned that her son, whom she has kept protected all these years from the bad world of gangsters, is now following his ancestors' path of violence. Bang! A flashback! She tells him that his grandfather, Lingaa (again hello superstar), and father, Ranga, were foolhardy dons. They splurged money on the socalled success parties after a successful murder or a task well done. They squandered all their wealth.
The wealth lost also included a movie hall named Cinema Paradise (a reference to the Italian classic) which was gifted by her father as dowry. Junga wows to make his mother happy and pledges get back all the lost wealth, particularly Cinema Paradise. He also assures his mother that he will not repeat mistakes made by his predecessors.
The miserly don
Then he becomes a miserly don, offering discounts for taking up jobs, approaching each task in the most cost-effective way, and duly saving up for reclaiming the lost movie hall so much so that when going to Paris to kidnap the daughter of the current owner of Cinema paradise, Chettiar, traveling in the economy class via eight connecting flights to keep cost low.
Meanwhile, aging don Sopparaju (played a la Godfather style by Radharavi in a cameo) hatches a plan to demolish the movie hall to make space for a shopping mall. He gets to Chettair’s daughter, Yazhini played by Sayyesha Saigal. However, in a turn of circumstances, Yazhini gets abducted by the Italian drug mafia! How Junga escapes the claws of the police (encounter order in the opening) and gets Cinema Paradise for his mother forms the rest of the story.
Vijay Sethupathi is terrific in the role of the comical and miserly don Junga. The dialogues he utters and the mannerisms he shows are simply hilarious. The stunts composed for him by Anbu Arivu, who also gives us a stylish umbrella fight scene in the second half, which is set in Paris are great.
Saranya Ponnavan is fantastic in the role of a mother who had seen better days and worries for her gangster-aspirant son. Sayyesha and Madonna are good in the limited roles. Yogi Babu, as Junga's assistant don, is at his best with his comic one-liners and timing. There is a scene where he speaks French, which is sure to bring the roof down.
Gokul's writing is superb as is his direction. The plot is executed in a brilliant way and all the right ingredients are added to the right places. There are a few passing references to current socio-political situations, including the Cauvery issue, which are told in a casual, comical way that is sure to strike a chord with the audience and not to provoke. It also subtly parodies social media's obsession with one-hit wonders.
Music and cinematography complement the direction and keeps the proceedings watchable. Some of the locales for few scenes are nice on the screen. The production values despite few comic remarks about the limited budget (which is not) are grand. Visually, Junga is consistent.
On a whole, Junga is a quirkily hilarious take on the world of mafia dons and melodramatic family drams. Vijay Sethupathis performance equally matched by Saranya Ponnavan, glamour added by the heroines, and the comedy padding all make the movie a viable choice to watch this weekend. Go try it.
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Junga User Reviews
A hilarious ganster movie with everyone stealing the show 👍
Junga has finally hit the screens with a lot of expectations. This Vijay Sethupathi production saw him in the starring role of a comic don. The movie is the follow up to his previous film with the director Gokul, Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara. Heartthrob who has scored a big hit with Kadai Kutty Singam, Sayyesha Saigal plays the female lead role. The early and morning shows of the film are underway, and the talk for the movie is out. The movie is getting a mixed response from the early viewers. But the entertainment and Vijay Sethupathi performance is getting a positive talk.
Saranya Ponnavans performance receives great applause. The comedy and songs, especially Yogi's performance are said to be the positives for the film. Dialogues are too good and according to some, the movie has a potential for repeat watchings. Action sequences in Paris and the exotic locations add flavor to Junga. It is a watchable comedy despite few flaws like seemingly forced police-mafia line.
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What is Junga about?
Junga is a comedy film with a mafia backdrop. This Gokul directorial is a followup to the much-acclaimed comedy film Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara. Vijay Sethupathi himself produces this movie and Sayyesha Saigal and Madonna Sebastian play the female lead roles.
The story of this movie revolves around a don who is a miser and is funny to the core. The don, Junga, is planned to be eliminated by his rivals. The major theme of this film is if you want to go to the top, it is wrong on the part of the others not to make space for you. And it is similarly not good if you don't give space to others.
What to expect from Junga?
Vijay Sethupathi all the way
Makkal Selvan Vijay Sethupathi is one of the most loved actors of this generation who rose from small-scale films to become one of the top heroes. He plays the role of a mafia don who is marked to be killed by his rivals and other international dons. His role is comic and the mannerisms are hilarious and the body language outright funny.
Add to that, he himself produced the movie on Vijay Sethupathi productions. There are references to the budget of the movie in a funny way breaking the fourth wall. He talks to the audience. After a series of serious roles, Vijay Sethupathi comes up with an entertaining role.
Sayyesha Saigal who made a grand entry into Tamil Cinema with Kadaikutty Singam is a superb addition to Junga. She is riding on the success of that film and is loved by the Tamil audience. Madonna Sebastian plays the other lead lady in this film and her character plays a crucial role in moving the plot of the movie forward.
Grand production values
The story of the movie impressed Vijay Sethupathi so much so that he himself produced it on a high budget. Despite the few internal jokes about the limitation of the budget in the movie, the production is made on a grand scale. Vijay Serhupathi didn't leave any stone unturned for this film.
Siddharth Vipin composes the musical score for this film. V. J. Sabu Joseph is brought on to edit it. From what is evidenced by the trailer, Junga cinematography is first class. A & P Groups joins the team as the film distributor and bought the distribution rights on the first day of the shoot itself. All this points out for a joyful ride this weekend with Junga.
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