The wait is finally over when the long-awaited action star DJ has finally hit the screens on a grand scale. let’s see if he gives allu arjun another hit in his career.
dhuvvada jaganadham (allu arjun) is a small time brahmin who goes against all odds and helps others. Seeing this quality of his, a high-profile policeman (murali sharma) asks him to become a dj, a man who fights crime in disguise.
this is the same moment dhuvaada falls in love with pooja(pooja hegde) the daughter of a high profile minister(posani) involved with another crime lord royyala naidu(rao ramesh) who also operates in disguise.
on the other hand, dj decides to confront royyala naidu on his mission, but he doesn’t know who he is in real life. the rest of the story is how duvvada jagannadham aka dj manages to take down royyala naidu.
one of the greatest assets of this film is undoubtedly allu arjun and his performance. bunny is top notch in both his characters like duvvada and dj. but he is the best when he turns duvvada as his diction, comedic touch and mannerisms are hilarious. the star hero carries the entire film on his shoulders and makes the film watchable, which has an otherwise routine story.
pooja hegde is another star attraction in the film. she looks absolutely gorgeous and will be a delight to the young and the masses alike. she matches equal footsteps with the bunny and her chemistry with the star hero is just amazing. The first forty minutes of the film are very entertaining with a good dose of comedy.
The climax of the film is quite comical and has been handled well, although it seems a bit over the top. Subba Raju is impressive in his role and evokes good comedy. rao ramesh emulates his father rao gopala rao from aa okkati adakku and does his best.
as in many other movies of recent times, the second half of the film is quite weak. There’s barely a story to tell here and director harish shankar makes the villain trail a bit weak during this time.
bunny fans would be a bit disappointed as their star hero hasn’t danced to his fullest ability as a dj. the length of the movie is also a bit high and lags in many areas and becomes predictable and routine most of the time. the hero-villain tug of war isn’t that exciting.
dil raju’s production values are excellent as he has spent a lot of money and it shows on screen. the dsp music is decent as all the songs have been cleverly inserted into the proceedings. the background score is very impressive and elevates the film well. Harish Shankar’s dialogues have a lot of ironic humour. the editing is quite weak as at least 10 minutes of the movie can be cut easily.
referring to director harish shankar, he has done a decent job with his execution. he has written the character of bunny quite well and his intention behind the protagonist’s struggle for society is also good. but he also disappoints during the second half when he immerses proceedings with below-average execution. but credit must go to him for showing off bunny in a powerful way and he also ends the movie on a happy note.
Overall, dj is a complete allu arjun movie to the core. the star hero is a big draw and carries the movie with his energetic performance. the glamour, good comedy and some massive elements of pooja hegde will go down very well with the masses. As far as collections go, this movie will do quite well as there isn’t a big movie in the near future. Finally, if you ignore the story grind, fall behind in the second half, and keep your expectations in check, DJ ends like clockwork this weekend.
123telugu.com rating: 3.25/5
reviewed by 123telugu team
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