Junga marks director Gokul and Vijay Sethupathi’s second partnership post ‘Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara’. After Kashmora the director has taken his the comedy route with Junga.
Gokul has a peculiar way of scripting humor and to deliver it in an exactly intended way is a tough task. Vijay Sethupathi, Saranya Ponvannan, Yogi Babu and the the rest of the support cast have done it well.
We’ll start off with the negatives of the film first. Ok, let’s forgive the logic, as the film is humor focussed. First of all, the length of the film probably. Song placements and sudden introduction of a group of new characters and the over the top stunt scenes are the major complaints. If you are ready to overlook all these factors for entertainment, then Junga is the go-to movie for you.
Saranya Ponvannan and the grandma who has played the grandmother of Junga in the film are the show stealers. Their scenes with Vijay Sethupathi, between each other and those placed while meeting Suresh Menon are rib tickling.
While Saranya Ponvannan has scored by almost genuinely delivering dialogues in Madras slang, the ‘paatti’ character earns cheers with her bold and notorious attitude.
Madonna Sebastian has done an extended cameo we guess. Her screen presence is restricted to a song, a small talkie portion and a spectating scene. Vijay Sethupathi and Yogi Babu steer the humor throughout film, while it i kickstarted by Motta Rajendran.
Though the second half is completely set in france with more screen space for Sayeesha Saigal, Yogi Babu and Vijay Sethupathi, the film switches back frequently to Chennai where Saranya and Don Paatti do a fantabulous job irking Suresh Menon.
Vijay Sethupathi plays a stingy done role who aspires to win back a lost ancestral property which happens to be a theater. His typical fast dialogue delivery style and ease in acting make scenes entertaining and along with Yogi Babu, humor is also added in abundance.
Songs from Siddharth Vipin could have been better, except the ‘Kooti po koodave’. The cinematography and editing are done well in all the demanding areas like chases, flashback toggles and talkie portion cuts.
Verdict: A perfect entertainer if you can compromise on the logic and songs.