Jilla MovieVijay had a tough 2013 especially the latter half of the year where his last release “Thalaiva” ran into rough weather and along with it its fortunes eventually making the film a disaster at the box-office. The year 2014 was hopefully looking positive with “Jilla” under Super Good Film banner hitting the screens for Pongal and the film had so much expectations stacked on it as it also had another iconic actor in Mohanlal sharing screen space with him.

R T Neason who had worked earlier with Vijay in the capacity of an Assistant director in “Velayudham” decided to wield the megaphone for this star studded high octane action film. The film to be honest begins on a good note and maintains a good pace till the Intermission block. The relationship between Mohanlal and Vijay along with it the build-up to the rest of the film begins well and keeps the viewer glued to the seats.

The film post intermission completely loses plot and looks like a different commodity compared to the first half. The screenplay drags beyond redemption and at a point of time, it leads to a question as to where and when this film will draw to a close. Talented actors like Thambi Ramaiya, Pradeep Rawat and Sampath to name a few have been grossly wasted.

Mangatha fame Mahath comes in a role which can be termed as an extended cameo while Poornima Bhagyaraj puts in a decent performance as Vijay’s mother. Soori roped in for comedy doesn’t bring the roof down with his performance. Kajal Agarwal as usual doesn’t have a performance oriented role in a hero centric film but having hired her as the leading lady, she dazzles in her trademark costumes with some discreet navel show.

Vijay and Mohanlal in terms of acting haven’t done anything great that is worthy of mention. Imman’s music is commendable especially the opening song and also in the background score. Editing by Don Max loses steam in the second half. With a running time of 170 minutes, the film is over stretched just on the hope that more of Vijay will bring in more money. “Jilla” could bring in decent returns at the box office thanks largely to its gripping first half.

“Jilla” on the whole turns out to be a treat for die-hard Vijay fans and for others, it is just a mediocre film.

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