Sharwanand and Samantha Akkineni are set with the official Telugu remake of Tamil superhit film '96' titled as 'Jaanu'. C. Prem Kumar who helmed the original version is directing the Telugu version as well. Dil Raju under Sri Venkateswara Creations is bankrolling this project. The film released today amidst huge expectations at the box-office. The trailer already impressed everyone. Check out the review of the film here.
Ram (Sharwanand) is a professional photographer who loves adventures. One day he returns to his hometown and goes to a school reunion party. His first love Jaanu (Samantha) also attends the event. From his childhood, Jaanu has been the only girl Ram has loved. Despite loving her unconditionally, Ram fails to confess his feelings to her during the school. Can Ram at least be able to express his feelings after meeting her after a long time? What happens if he did? Forms the Crux of the story.
Sharwanand is undoubtedly one of the talented actors in the industry and the actor has proved the same with his commendable performance in this movie. The way he has shown maturity in his acting in Ram's character is worth appreciating. Samantha sure will grab the attention with her memorable performance in the movie. She breathes life into her character. Sai Kiran Kumar who appeared as young Ram and Gouri G Kishan who played the role of young Jaanu also delivered honest performances in the movie. Vennela Kishore and Sharanya Pradeep also performed well. The rest of the actors including Raghu Babu delivered honest performances in the film.
Director C Prem Kumar has come up with a heart-touching love story with the film. He focused more on the story and did some decent changes to the plotline. He sure has succeeded in bringing out the same magic as the original version with Jaanu as well. Despite making the necessary changes, the director focused more on the plotline and the soul of the film. He brought out good emotions from the film. Production values by Sri Venkateswara Creations are high. Music by Govind Vasantha is good and is the biggest plus point for this film. Cinematographer Mahendiran Jayaraju has produced some beautiful visuals for the film. Editing by Praveen KL is neat.
The story itself is the hero of the film. Having a solid story with the twists is the biggest plus point of this movie. The movie starts off on an interesting note. The entire first half will bring a nostalgic feeling to almost all the audience. Both the lead characters are established in a beautiful way and the relationship between them is also showcased in a beautiful way, story, performances, also the songs and the background music helped the film a lot. It's not right to compare this movie with the original version. We can say that the audience who have already watched the '96' movie can also enjoy this film and the magic of the beautiful love story between Ram and Jaanu.
Filmybuzz.com Rating - 3.5/5