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Tuck Jagadish review: This Nani-starrer is an outdated family drama that hits some familiar notes

Release Date: 10 Sep 2021


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Tuck Jagadish is a full-blown masala film with every trope you would associate with such films thrown in. However, it still manages to engage the audience with good performances.

Director Shiva Nirvana, known for romantic dramas such as Ninnu Kori (2017) and Majili (2019), has finally taken the plunge to make his maiden full-fledged rural film with Tuck Jagadish (2021), a formulaic and outdated family drama that hits some familiar notes.

Tuck Jagadish feels more like a Sooraj R Barjatya film with a lot of focus on blood and family bonding. Billed as a festive entertainer, Tuck Jagadish is a full-blown masala film with every trope that you would associate with such films thrown in. However, despite drowning in its own mediocrity, the film still manages to engage the audience with good performances.

Set in the fictional village of Bhudevipuram, where blood flows like a river, Tuck Jagadish is your quintessential story of a son of the soil rising to the occasion and fighting for peace. Village head Aadisesh Naidu (Nassar), who has only wished for peace for many years, has always been disappointed by Veerendra (Daniel Balaji) who lets his weapons do the talking all the time. Aadisesh hopes his elder son Bose (Jagapathi Babu) will work to realize his dream of nurturing peace, but it’s the younger son, Jagadish, who gives up on his dream of going abroad and works for the betterment of their village.

Tuck Jagadish heavily draws inspiration from Kamal Haasan’s Thevar Magan (1992), in which the actor played the younger son who takes over the village after his father to bring order and peace. Just like in Thevar Magan, there is a lot of bloodshed in Tuck Jagadish and it gets unbearable after a point. But Shiva Nirvana gets quite a few familiar beats in this story set-up right, which eventually work in the film’s favour. The film also works to a large extent, despite the outdated story, because it allows Nani to shine in an out-and-out rural story, which he is exploring on a large scale for the first time.

The emotional family drama moments are tiring to sit through, especially the scenes that talk about the importance of family. The film is stuck in the 1980s story-wise, but luckily the action choreography and performances make up for the boring tale. Nani gets a meaty part and shines as Jagadish. And there is an interesting story behind the Tuck in the title. Nani appears in a tucked-in look throughout the movie and it’s a refreshing touch in an otherwise bland film. Ritu Varma is impressive and her scenes with Nani serve as a breather from all the violence.

Tuck Jagadish is now available on Amazon Prime Video.

 

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