DESPITE A rather irrelevant and unrealistic theme that offers little support to the story and cast, if Crescent Movie International's "Jananam" (U/A)is able to garner appreciation, much of the credit goes to the film's hero, Arun Kumar. The actor has slogged it out and the diligence shows. Be it action, emotion or subdued expression, Arun Kumar comes out with a commendable show in every frame. Wonder why such talent has been struggling for so long to make a mark! "Jananam," scripted and directed by D. Ramesh, has been in production for almost three years and has finally seen the light of day.
Surya (Arun Kumar) is a fiery young man who is unable to bear the atrocities meted out to educated job seekers. (the reason for it is given in the flashback.) Harassed by red tape and the unlimited powers of avaricious politicians they are a suffering lot. A rank holder at the MBA level and, for that matter, even a gold medallist meet with disappointment because no firm wants them! The tall tale is too much to digest. So much so when Charlie cries out in anguish that his MBA has not got him anywhere in life, you only feel irritated. Since when did our youngsters begin waiting to get jobs through the Government's employment agency? In "Jananam" the agency is a breeding ground of corruption and trying to redress matters only helps to get Surya behind bars. The end of "Jananam" is positive ... and idealistic too.
Jerks in the narration, characters that disappear and suddenly emerge from nowhere (Charlie, for example) and a pathetic comedy track with Vadivelu that stands unconnected mar the screenplay of "Jananam." Priyanka Trivedi appears in revealing clothes at the oddest of places, (her attire at the police station is simply atrocious!) but soon goes away not to reappear. `Nellai' Siva as the villain's aide evokes a smile or two with his native slang, sarcasms and asides.
The location for the Minister's (Ashish Vidyarti) conspiracy is so very predictable art director J. K. could have been more imaginative. The lyric (Vairamuthu) and tune of "Sudum Varai Neruppu" (Bharadwaj) makes the number hum worthy. `Super' Subbarayan's action choreography helps maintain the tempo.
Snags notwithstanding, the story moves at a reasonably fast pace, with ample stunts and sentiments.
Yet the burden of carrying off a not very acceptable subject and a flawed screenplay rests squarely on Arun Kumar.
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