Technical Aspects and BGM
A passable ride!
Summary : Director Gokul once again proves his talent when it comes to producing instant laugh-worthy sequences in his films, only to falter with the screenplay taking an expensive turn in the latter half. Junga is a popcorn entertainer with lots to laugh and little to remember afterwards.
Cast: Vijay Sethupathi, Sayyeshaa, Madonna Sebastian, Saranya, Yogi Babu, Suresh Menon, Radharavi, Motta Rajendran & others
Music: Siddharth Vipin
Editing: VJ Sabu Joseph
Art Direction: AR Mohan
Written & Directed by: Gokul
Produced by: Vijay Sethupathi Productions
Distribution: Arun Pandian’s A&P Groups
Release Date: 27-07-2018
Run Time: 02:37:00
Vijay Sethupathi’s Junga takes the age old concept of a don and adds a crazy new twist making him a miserly being. The film has comedy as it’s central setting and concentrates on the same with Vijay Sethupathi and Yogi Babu at the pivot point. The actor takes 8 flights to save money, swims instead of taking a cab and says ‘en kaale call taxi da’. But does the film have an entertainment value that’s not miserly too?
The first half of Junga is somewhat enjoyable despite a haphazard narrative, giving you jokes at regular intervals. Saranya Ponvannan takes her scenes by the horn along with Junga’s paati, who also gets a ‘mass transformation’ scene of her own. Yogi Babu strikes good form, with a positive response from the audience for his appearance itself. It’s only in the second half that the film drops, with the overseas episodes losing steam as they pass by. Mafia gangs, dons, cops, cons, chases – it’s all curry of everything with an elasticized length.
Vijay Sethupathi comes up with a neat performance, giving in all his energy. His dialogue delivery though, eats up some words in a hurried motive. Sayyeshaa who plays the female lead has a lot of screen time and is superb with both her dancing and emoting skills being a relatively new actress. Yogi Babu adds life to the film with his comics that work at many places, though he is absent for third act of the film.
Technically, Junga has more than what it needs with Dudley’s cinematography working well. Music by Sid Vipin may not be up to the mark, but his BGM works help the flow of the film.
Director Gokul once again proves his talent when it comes to producing instant laugh-worthy sequences in his films, only to falter with the screenplay taking an expensive turn in the latter half. Junga is a popcorn entertainer with lots to laugh and little to remember afterwards.