Wits, brawn and romance spice life


Bhavana and Puneeth in Jackie.

After Junglee, Soori seems determined to show the stuff he is made of. And what stuff it is! The artist in him joins hands with ‘partners-in-crime’ Yogaraj Bhat (lyrics), V Harikrishna (music) and Satya Hegde (cinematography) to pull off a ‘heist’ that is slick, fast-paced and of course, lapped up by an eager audience.

A down-on-luck but resourceful Janakirama aka Jackie (Puneeth) is forced to go after Yashoda (Harshika) after being held responsible for her elopement, even by her mother. An escaped convict of a friend turning on his doorstep the same night does not help matters. Fleeing from the cops’ clutches, Jackie manages to save Lakshmi (Bhavana) from being decapitated. Does Lakshmi add to Jackie’s woes?

Soori continues showcasing yet another darker underbelly of the society, that continues to trouble the conscience long after the Power Star has set things right in pure filmi fashion. Steering the film in a fast pace, cramming in as many details as possible, Soori doesn’t allow the viewer to get complacent. He provides relief only in the beautiful and well-thought out songs and the fight sequences, though towards the end, they tend to distract the viewers from the narrative. But for this minor weakness of pandering to the hero’s image, Soori serves up a hot, spicy dish which, however, may not be palatable to many. Kudos to both the director and the hero for trusting each other to deliver a superior and delightful product.
Right from Biradar, Sumithra, Chandru, Harshika Poonacha to Rangayana Raghu, Shobharaj, Sampath, Petrol Prasanna and Ravi Kale, each character leaves an imprint. Jackie as an entertainer packs real punch.

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