What’s good: Basic concept, Sai Dharam Tej and Prasanna and the background score.
What’s bad: Routine making and lack of excitement for a thriller sort of narrative.
Popcorn break: The entire romantic track and parts of family bonding and drama.
Watch or not: Watch only if you have nothing else to do.
Trade Talk: The openings are decent, but the follow up may be difficult going ahead.
BVS Ravi has a much better story idea and plot at hand compared to his debut Wanted. However, the problems remain the same for him like his debut. While he turned something bad into worst with his direction in Wanted, he makes a good plot boring with his execution in Jawaan.
The director could have made a straightforward thriller with the story by integrating the romance into the narrative. Even that could have been ignored had a heightened tense situation been created with the story. He fails even in that aspect. The narration lacks the bite as progression and family drama appears clichéd. The cat and mouse game between hero and villain also ceases to interest after initial moments as they seem repetitive. The climax feels rushed and half-baked. Overall, Jawaan has an exciting premise, but it is not utilized well.
The last word: For a change in Sai Dharam Tej’s performance and few moments of thrilling portions, one can give Jawaan a try, but only if there is no other entertainment option available.