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jaanu movie review

Friday, February 07, 2020



  • Sharwanand as K. Ramachandra aka Ram
    • Sai Kiran Kumar as young Ram
  • Samantha Akkineni as S. Janaki Devi aka Jaanu
    • Gouri G Kishan as young Jaanu
  • Vennela Kishore as Ram's friend and Subha’s husband.
  • Raghu Babu as a watchman
  • Varsha Bollamma as a trainee photographer
  • Saranya Pradeep as Subhashini aka Subha, sister of Ram and friend of Jaanu

Plus Points:
  • Performance
  • Samantha
  • Sharwanand
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
  • BGM
Minus Points:
  • Slow pace
  • Few dragged scenes

Critic's Rating: 

3.5/5



Story: K Ramachandra (Sharwanand) and S Janaki Devi (Samantha) are high-school sweethearts who meet at a reunion after seventeen long years. What transpires next is stuff bittersweet dreams are made of.

Review: C Prem Kumar revisits the now-famous story of 96 via its Telugu remake Jaanu. Fans of the Tamil original wondered if the same magic can even be recreated for a second time. Movie buffs speculated if Sharwanand and Samantha can reprise the now-iconic roles seared into people’s minds by Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha. The honest answer is both yes and no, Jaanu is no match to 96 and yet, the film has its own way of sneaking up to you when you least expect it and worm its way into your heart.

K Ramachandra aka Ram (Sharwanand) is a travel photographer, a lone ranger and a free spirit who has built up layers of walls over the years and formed his own bubble to live in. When he visits his hometown Visakhapatnam, the walls begin to crumble one by one as he cherishes the memories of his childhood. A school reunion is called for in Hyderabad and while he’s happy to meet his childhood friends (Saranya Pradeep, Tagubothu Ramesh, Vennela Kishore), he’s really there for his childhood sweetheart S Janaki Devi alias Jaanu (Samantha). And when the two inevitably meet, with the chance to spend a few hours together in the hope to salve some deep wounds that still remain, what unfolds is difficult to describe but something truly magical.

Jaanu is like a huge suitcase-full of memories that Ram cherishes. A journey that kick-starts with a class photo and ends right where it begins, except leaving two people with the closure they might not deserve but need. The romance between Ram and Jaanu is understated yet well-defined in the most beautiful of ways. Tenth-grader Ram (Sai Kiran Kumar) suddenly finds himself unable to speak in his friend Jaanu’s (Gouri G Kishan) presence, a problem that will continue for years to come. Jaanu sings like a dream (like her namesake) and is unafraid of prodding Ram to get what she wants. And just like their romance, the reason they parted ways years ago is also so frustratingly simple.

C Prem Kumar does not tell you a novel tale that will blow your mind due to how out of the world it all is. He’s much smarter than that, telling you a tale you can truly relate to in the most beautiful manner. He shows a possibly when the important............see more