Hero worship of established stars is commonplace in our country. A mashup of various iconic roles, dialogues and moments are repackaged into a breezy film for fans to savour. While they might prove entertaining at times, more often than not they end up being caricatures of the actor’s different characters.

However, what if one celebrates the actor instead of the hero for a change? After all, it is the innumerable characters played by the actor that movie buffs fell in love with in the first place. Jai Lava Kusa is exactly that. Jr. NTR, an actor in peak form thrills and charms with his immense talent while testing new boundaries himself.

Jr. NTR as Lava Kumar
Image source – Hindustan Times

As the movie title suggests, Jr. NTR essays not two but three different roles, implying there is barely any room for other actors to make a significant impact. Normally, this leads to a lack of any sort of coherent story as the onus is on the multiple roles played by the lead actor. Jai Lava Kusa avoids this major pitfall by making the story around the titular characters and everything else serves as a backdrop. Credit for this goes to writers Kona Venkat, K.Chakravarthy along with K.S.Ravindra (Bobby) who donned the director’s hat as well.

Jr. NTR as Kusa
Image source – The Indian Express

Thus, Jr. NTR ends up providing the emotional weight, entertainment, and villainy for the film, with three distinct characters who chew up the entire canvas without becoming overbearing at any point. Except for the obvious visual similarity, the multi-talented actor brings variations in expressions and body language to every character, including dancing styles and possibly cementing his place as the best actor in the industry at the moment.

Jr. NTR as Jai
Image source – Andhrawishesh

A special mention goes to the character of Jai, who will remain a landmark character for Tarak. The intensity, strength and “Raavan”-like personality he brought to the character while making the audience feel every emotion of Jai till the end is an absolute joy to watch. It also helps that the background score by Devi Sri Prasad which supports the film well goes up by a couple of notches every time Jai is on-screen and lingers long after the movie is done.

Jai Lava Kusa is a commercial entertainer with a storyline that suits the intended purpose of bringing the actor inside Jr. NTR out instead of being the other way round. Director Bobby has done a great job of giving the film emotional depth despite Tarak’s triple role and instead, makes it the backbone of the film. The screenplay remains engaging and whenever it starts to lag, the bankable lead actor hooks the audience.

In essence, the movie serves as an ode to everything Tarak can do as an actor. However, by being an ode to the actor and not the hero, the movie swerves from the usual and is set to become Jr. NTR’s fourth hit on the trot. As Tarak embraces the actor in him this way, the sky is the limit for him and as an avid admirer of his acting ability, I am looking forward to more.

For now, Raavana Jai Jai Jai!

 

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