Jango Tamil Movie Review
After an exhausting 2 hours with Sabhaapathy, I decided to watch Jango, touted to be India’s first time loop film. After making films like Indru Netru Naalai and Maayavan, C.V. Kumar has again tried to do something new in Indian cinema with the concept of time loop.
While the trailer of the film was extremely intriguing, one could note from the trailer itself that the production of this film isn’t the quality you experienced in Indru Netru Naalai and Maayavan. The budget restrictions were clearly visible right from the casting to the VFX.
In a nutshell, the film is about how Goutham (played by newcomer Satheesh Kumar), a renowned doctor in Chennai saves his wife Nisha (played by Mirnalini Ravi) from being murdered by Michael (played by Hareesh Peradi). The concept of time loop isn’t new and we have seen it well in movies like Tom Cruise’s Edge of Tomorrow.
The first half of the film is cliche city with mood killing romances, comedy tracks which felt like snippets from M Rajesh’s past few outings and the lack of exploring the opportunities the protagonist had while being trapped in the time loop. It almost felt as though we were also trapped in the loop by watching this again and again.
The film took off after the interval when we were presented with a lite version of Minority Report where Goutham along with his police friend (Karunakaran) tries to find out the killer of Nisha before she’s actually killed. The main reason why the film doesn’t work is because the film places reliance on the time loop concept and nothing else. For example, in Indru Netru Naalai, without the time machine and the time travel concept, that movie would cease to exist, but in Jango there isn’t any cohesiveness between the sci-fi concept and the core plot of the film. Remove the sci-fi element, and what you’re left with is a romantic drama where there is a villain always on the verge of killing the heroine which has been tried and tested countless times.
Coming to watch a sci-fi film, one can’t really blame the logic as long as the film plays to its sensibilities and offers a reasonable level of conviction. In the end, Jango succumbs to its cliches which is why the loop ends for Jango here.