Bittu (Sonu Sood) and his gang plan to rob a bank and take away all the money. On their way to the robbery they come across Ravi (Allu Arjun) who unintentionally helps them. Realizing his mistake Ravi with the help of police tries to stop the robbery and catch the thieves. In this process brother of Bittu is killed and he seeks revenge on Ravi.
While that is the basic plot the film then has another subplot involving Seetharam (Rajendra Prasad) and Madhu (Ileana). How all this are connected and what happens to the thieves, was there anyone else involved in this robbery is the overall story of the film.
Allu Arjun for sometime has been trying to do the massy flicks to get that mass star image. But unfortunately for him that step backfired as Allu Arjun lacks that screen persona required for such mass films. No amount of body building can give one that image. In Julayi the actor gets the right subject which fulfills his wish of doing a mass film as well as satisfies his urban fan base. He suits the role to the tee and there is no oddity with him in the film.
Rajendra Prasad is in superb form once again. In his last film he made us cry (Read Onamalu Movie Review)here he makes us laugh with his performance. There is no over the top body language everything is said and done subtly.
Sonu Sood once again engages with his performances although many continue to underrate it. Its not easy to do the same kind of role again and again and yet manage to evoke reaction from the audience. His performance in the climax was very neat.
Tanikella Bharani as the father of Allu Arjun does his responsible act very well like he has done many times before.
Brahmanandam, MS Narayana were superb where as Dharmavarapu Subramanyam was alright.
Brahmaji, Kota Srinivas Rao and Rao Ramesh all play their respective parts well and leave an impression even in the small roles they have.
And finally Ileana, she is the biggest weakness of the film. Her act is reminiscent of Jalsa and she looks worst in this film. If its was the character requirement she probably nailed her character like no one else in the film but that doesn’t look to be the case.
Little drag in the second half
Too intelligent hero makes things predictable sometimes
The film has a fantastic first half and because of such fantastic first half second half looks slow. The opening portions of the film till hero reaches Hyderabad are very well done. From here on till the interval chase it looks like a different film but still the film engages with the witty one liners and comedy although the thrill of the first twenty minutes is missing.
In the second half, the beginning is very well conceived but soon the over intelligence of the hero makes things predictable as one knows that its going to be an easy find or easy escape for the hero. But still despite this drawback the film engages thanks to the screenplay by director Trivikram Srinivas. But during the pre climax it all slows down all of a sudden making one wonder where is it heading too but the climax that follows makes up for the underwhelming pre climax.
Trivikram Srinivas the director dominates the proceedings in the film this time as opposed to the dialogue writer. This does not mean the dialogues are not good but they don’t stick out or are never ending like his previous films.
He is also ambitious with his action scenes, the way scenes are cut during the lead to the action or the action scene itself showcases the technical wizardry of the director. With bigger budgets we can sure expect visual treat in action from the director in future for sure.
Music is alright but the background score by Devi Sree Prasad is superb.
Cinematography is very good, editing at times is sloppy. Action sequences are very well shot with in the stipulated budget. Choreography is good with special steps reserved only for few songs.
Bottom-line: A must watch for those who seek to watch action entertainers that are not in the regular ‘you-slap-my-thigh-I-slap-your-thigh’ fashion.