Jilla Review

by Sai Shyam G

Vijay’s ‘Jilla’, directed by Neason, has hit the screens today amidst lot of expectations. The teasers and trailer of the movie were promising and the movie was expected to be a colourful entertainer. Malayalam Superstar Mohanlal is also a part of the cast and this has increased the star value of the film. Kajal has teamed up with Vijay after smash hit ‘Thuppakki’. The movie also has foot tapping music by Imman. Has the movie lived up to the expectations? Read on.


The movie is basically about Sivan (Mohanlal) and his foster son Shakthi (Vijay). Both of them are local dons who do not fear anyone, but, after a certain incident, Shakthi decides to turn over a new leaf and he also wants Sivan to change for good. But, Sivan is adamant in his principles. There are also other people with their own motives, who want Sivan and Sakthi dead. The climax shows what happens to them.


Vijay is electrifying in the film throughout. He gets a thunderous entry in the film when he hits tens of goons at a time. Also, the scenes in which he shares screen with Mohanlal pack a punch. He also scores during certain comedy scenes. Kajal Agarwal looks pretty and makes the songs look colourful, but does not have any big scope in the film.

Mohanlal has plenty of scope in the film and he comes up with a memorable performance. His experience shows on screen, particularly in scenes when he is opposed by his foster son. Soori does provide some light-hearted moments in the film, but does not look as effective as he would have been in a rural based entertainer. Mahat Raghavendra has some emotional moments in the film and he is good in his role. The rest of the supporting cast including Sampath and Poornima Bhagyaraj are adequate in their roles.


Imman’s songs are huge chartbusters, but one of the disappointing factors in the movie is the placement of songs. Barring the title song, almost all songs crop up randomly, which might make you feel that the songs are forced in to the movie. Also, the theme song is overused at many places. Ganesh’s camera work is swift during high octane fight sequences. ‘Kandaangi Kandaangi’ song is a visual treat in Japan. Don Max could have at least trimmed half an hour from the running time of the movie. There are too many scenes in the film that do not add value to the central plot.

Direction – Neason

Neason has tried to make a movie with two of the biggest stars in the south – Vijay and Mohanlal. His attempt is laudable, but he should have created a storyline that would justify the casting of both the actors. The entire first half is filled with insipid jokes and abruptly inserted songs. The interval block scene provides a good twist and momentum, but the director fails to capitalize on it.

Neason could have concentrated on making a screenplay that is more logical. It looks as if obstacles crop up from nowhere, just to make sure Vijay overcomes them every single time. Although it might appeal the fanatics, it is more of a downer for a common viewer. There are plenty of twists in the second half, but none of them hook you to the movie. Also, in a running time of 3 hours, the movie does not have many hair-raising moments.