Cast: Vijay, Mohanlal, Kajal Aggarwal, Mahat Raghavendra, Soori
Direction: R T Nesan
Producer: R B Choudary
Banner: Super Good Films
Music: D Imman
Genre: Action, Romance
Run Time: 182 Mins
Release Date: 10 Jan 2014
Following “Thalaivaa”, Vijay is coming this year with “Jilla” directed by R.T. Neason. It will be the director’s second movie after “Muruga”, which failed to impress the spectators. The other major point is the presence of the Malayalam Super Star Mohanlal alongside Ilayathalapathy for this mass entertainer.
Jilla opens to a mass action scene introducing Shiva (Mohanlal), a don, being cornered by a gang as he is rushing his pregnant wife to hospital. And who rescues him? A young boy Shakti, the son of Sivan’s driver who is felled by a policeman’s bullet in the melee. This leaves the employee’s son Shakti an orphan. Shiva adopts him and raises him along with his own son (Mahath).
Shakti (Vijay) grows up with an intrinsic hatred for Police, and so much that he does not want even his watchman to wear that. Oh yes, Shakti becomes a feared don – often comparing himself to the mythological Siva the “destroyer” to terrorise his detractors.
But, then, Indian cinema – at least most of it – has to follow good morals, has to be obsessed with what is right and what is not, with what is legal and what is illegal. In order to get a better grip over Madurai and to clear his path of obstacles, Sivan gets Shakti into the police force.
Things do not go Sivan’s way though, and I presume that the huge fan club of Vijay would not stomach their hero being seen as a villain (there were two college girls sitting beside me at the theatre who whistled hysterically every time Vijay walked into the frame, and so did many others inside the auditorium).
So, director Neason introduces a tragedy in Madurai, for which Sivan is responsible. This shakes and moves Shakti (we’re reminded of Ashoka the Great surveying the dead and the wounded in the battle of Kalinga before a profound change comes over him), and as he visits the hospital and sees the most horrific of scenes, he decides that he will free Madurai of crime.
And for that, he has to first reign in his adopted father, Sivan, whose arrogance and ego would not let him see reason, even pushing him to take up the sword against Shakti. So, who wins, Sivan or Shakti? Watch Jilla on the big screens to know!