Friday, 9 December 2011

Panjaa Review

Panjaa Review – Panjaa Movie Review, Rating, Telugu Movie: Power Star Pawan Kalyan, who is due for a hit post Jalsa, came up with Panjaa. Like every Pawan film, this has been riding high on expectations. Fans are expecting nothing short of a blockbuster with Panjaa. But did Power star deliver the goods? Here is Panjaa Review in detail…


Jai (Pawan Kalyan) is a loyal follower of Bhagavan (Jackie Shroff), who is a big don in Kolkata. Kulakarni (Atul Kulakarni) is the rival of Bhagavan. Jai has a friend named Jahnavi (Anjali Lavania) who is a club dancer. Bhagavan’s sadistic son Munna (Adivi Seshu) has an eye on her. Meanwhile Jai falls in love with Sandhya (Sarah Jane). Munna kills Jahnavi as she rejects him. Then Jai kills him in turn. Now Jai becomes the prime target for Bhagavan. What happens next is to be seen on the screen.


Panjaa is mainly an action drama laced with romance. Director Vishnu Vardhan didn’t try to focus on Pawan Kalyan’s star image. He scripted the story and character as per his will and he did what he believed in.

This may not go down well with the loyalists of Pawan Kalyan. There isn’t any special mark of Pawan Kalyan in the film. It is Vishnu Vardhan’s film with Pawan playing the lead role. So, obviously there isn’t any glorified heroism or build up. Class fans of Pawan Kalyan may like this new dimension, but mass fans might be terribly disappointed.

The story takes off on a slow note and drags until the character of Adivi Sesh turns wild. The buildup towards the interval is the best part in the film as per the screenplay is concerned. Second half starts on a completely different note. Lot of under developed clichéd characters enters the frame and it only gets interesting towards the end. In the middle there is Paparayudu song to pump in some energy.

On a whole, Panjaa is a technically well made film which didn’t have the legs to survive at the box office for a long period. A lot will depend on Pawan Kalyan’s crowd pulling capabilities to bail out this one from sinking at the box office.


Pawan Kalyan underplayed his character to the perfection. He is believable as the loyal follower of a deadly don. His getup is Okay and his dances in Paparayudu song will be a treat to fans. Sarah Jane Dias lacks the looks, but carries off her character in an Okay manner. Anjali Lavania is hot looking but again lacks good looks. Sesh Adivi is a revelation. He delivered a mind blowing performance as a sadistic villain.

Jackie Shroff is alright and Atul Kulakarni is stiff. Brahmanandam excelled in Paparayudu song sequence. Ali is neat. Subba Raju is fine. Tanikella Bharani is good as a wicked man.


Dialogues by Abburi Ravi are not up to the mark. There are very few lines which sound good and seems like some thought is put in. Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja is good. Ela Ela song is superb. Songs are not utilized by the director. Placing title song after the end card is a blunder. Background score is very good. Cinematography is awesome and editing is very fine. Production values are laudable.

Director Vishnu Vardhan showed his brilliance in few scenes. He excelled in getting the action part right. There are many plot holes and loose ends in the film. As a script writer Vishnu showed some hurriedness and failed to make it a rounded script. Writer in him has let down the director.

Final Word:

Panjaa is a stylishly made action film which may not appeal to all the sections of audience. People who look for some novelty in dealing a star’s film without all those clichés may like it. The percentage of such audience will be always low and let’s see if Panjaa sets a new trend in bringing a sea change to our Tollywood style.

Panjaa Movie Rating: 3.75/5

Banner: Arka Mediaworks, Sanghamitra Arts Productions
Cast: Pawan Kalyan, Sarah Jane Dias, Anjali Lavania, Jackie Shroff, Sesh Adivi
Cinematography:    P. S. Vinod
Editing : A. Sreekar Prasad
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Producer: Neelima Tirumalashetty, Nagesh Muntha, Shobu Yarlagadda, Prasad Devineni
Story, Direction: Vishnuvardhan

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