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This week's Tollywood release, Duvvada Jagannadham, features >Allu Arjun and Pooja Hegde in the lead roles. Is the film worth a watch? Here's our Duvvada Jagannadham review.

Duvvada Jagannadham Cast: Allu Arjun, Pooja Hegde, Rao Ramesh, Tanikella Bharani and Murali Sharma

Duvvada Jagannadham Director: Harish Shankar

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Duvvada Jagannadham Rating:

4 Star Rating: Recommended

4 Star Rating: Recommended

(2/5)

Duvvada Jagannadham is about an undercover police officer, Duvvada Jagannadham, masquerading as an innocent Brahmin pandit who runs a catering service with the tagline 'Pure Vegetarian'- Lol. DJ is in charge of a mission to track down a powerful business tycoon Royyala Naidu (Rao Ramesh), for his, you know, sins.

Before you read any further, it's important to understand the world of Duvvada Jagannadham. Here, karma and dharma are prerequisites for a person. A minor boy, in a slo-mo shot, grabs a Russian-made pistol, saves a police officer's life and guns down a bigshot gangster without any inhibition. It's the kind of film where a Rudraksh stands between the right and the wrong. It's also that kind of a film where you get a kiss from the heroine if you make a cup of coffee. Also, in DJ's world, it's perfectly fine to zoom into the heroine's private parts. Because, heroines exist only to provide the oomph quotient, right? If you're ready to overlook these factors, Duvvada Jagannadham should pass off as yet another popcorn entertainer.

In one of the early scenes in the movie, a young DJ overhears a priest answering a question on why Vishnu, the lord, had so many avatars when God is a single spiritual entity. He says, "What deeds he (Vishnu) did are more important than how he did them." In the next scene, DJ's sister is harassed by college rogues. As you know, Duvvada Jagannadham applies ink on his face and beats them to a pulp. In short, DJ takes on an avatar while director Harish Shankar reiterates that this is an Allu Arjun film. It gets better in the scene with a police officer who says, "In Mahabharat, Krishna teamed up with Arjun to save Dharma. Now, Krishna has sent this Arjun once again." It's a well-written mass dialogue that gets whistles from fans. When you're in a masala film, why not enjoy these bits?

Playing the titular role, Allu Arjun has two character variations - a rough DJ in Hyderabad and an innocent Brahmin Duvvada Jagannadham in Vijayawada. In order to make the latter effective, Allu Arjun plays an effeminate person. If Brahmins are to take offence to Duvvada, it should be for this. Duvvada Jagannadham comes up with interesting lines like, "Love-ah, love-saiya, love-obiah" and "Karma-ha, karma-saiya, karma-obiah." While the line is laughable at first, it's exasperating after a point, as he continues on loop.

We really wish Pooja Hegde was not part of this film. Every time she is in the frame, Duvvada Jagannadham uses her in a dream song by Devi Sri Prasad. In one of Pooja's scenes, she's in a bikini and the cinematographer goes way past the line to linger on her bottom. Though the scene was blurred by the CBFC, we found it problematic.

We get the fact that the masala is very important for this genre. But the scenes that are supposed to leave you misty-eyed end up as comic relief. Jokes fall flat and the mass action blocks are not enough. At the same time, it's impossible to write off Allu Arjun. He's effective in bits; especially when the director wants him to dance and send goons into the air. Someone said that Allu Arjun's body is made of rubber and there can't be a better description. The problem with Duvvada Jagannadham is its half-baked story, which is everything we've seen in Allu Arjun's films earlier. Plus, having Rao Ramesh as the prime antagonist hardly justifies the star of DJ, Allu Arjun.

To keep up with DJ's style, Duvvada Jagannadham is "Boring-ah, bore-asya, bore-obiah".

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ALSO SEE: Allu Arjun, Pooja Hegde dance to Duvvada Jagannadham's Seeti Maar song

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WATCH: Duvvada Jagannadham Trailer

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