‘Tuck Jagadish’ has started streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Here is our review of the direct-to-service release.
The story is set in Bhudevipuram, a fictional village made to look like a Godavari village. Jagadish Naidu (Nani) has his task cut out when his father Aadisesh Naidu (Nasser) dies. Veerendra (Daniel Balaji), an arch-rival of the family, is busy conspiring against Jagadish and his naive family. There is a grey character in the family in the shape of Bosu Babu (Jagapathi Babu). Amidst all this, Aishwarya Rajesh’s Chandramma is going through hell. How Jagadish saves his beloved ones from a major crisis is the crux of the story.
Nani’s performance is studied and consistent. He doesn’t become over-dramatic, nor does he make the sentiment look too old-fashioned. His chemistry with the family members is not striking, though. His scenes with his love interest lack zing, while his equations with the likes of Aishwarya Rajesh (as his ‘Maradalu’) are believable.
Jagapathi Babu doesn’t show a new side to his acting talent. That said, he is strong in the scenes where he is meant to ace. Daniel Balaji’s characterization is arcane. Ritu Varma, in the role of a Village Revenue Officer who falls for Jagadish, is so-so. VK Naresh, Devadarshini, Rao Ramesh, Rohini are more or less routine but Thiruveer, in the role of an abusive young man, is better. Praveen and Nasser don’t leave much impact.
The songs are composed by Thaman (with the exception of the ‘Tuck Song’). ‘Inkosaari Inkosaari’, ‘Kolo Kolanna Kolo’ and ‘Neeti Neeti Sukka’ would have sounded special had it not been for the run-of-the-mill visualization. Gopi Sundar’s background music is unremarkable. It’s among the biggest drawbacks.
Prasad Murella’s cinematography is visually pleasing here and there.
The film was expected to do away with black-n-white characters. But what we get are run-of-the-mill characters who mouth melodramatic lines. A lot of you might not know it, but even the lead actor is well aware that ‘Tuck Jagadish’ is all about bringing back old-school family drama to life. Thanks to OTT, it skipped a theatrical release and has perhaps saved itself.
Writer-director Shiva Nirvana sets up the story in a very typical fashion. As a result, there are no surprises out there. The trailer had made it clear that Jagapathi Babu’s character is a black sheep. The second half is replete with cliches barring a couple of scenes where Jagadish brandishes the sword.
A particular track is heart-touching in bits and pieces. It pertains to Aishwarya Rajesh’s character. The arc of this track would have been awesome had the end portions been handled imaginatively.
One feels Ritu Varma’s character was meant to be there to elevate Jagadish’s aura. The love story lacks any charm. It’s not artificial but it’s so very convenient.
The clashes between the hero and the villain are done without caring about the emerging trends in cinema. The baddies talk in jaded language. Nani’s characterization is haltingly interesting. It’s not refreshing overall.
The climax seems endless after coming up with a high point in the form of Jagadish receiving a poignant shocker. Had the screenplay shown span, the ending would have been passable at least.
If you can’t handle tear-jerking scenes and drab emotions, ‘Tuck Jagadish’ is clearly not for you. It’s an antiquated story gone wrong.