SS Krishna is an orphan medical student who also dons a vigilante avatar and kills people live on television. He has the style, sass and substance that gets people to like him immediately. But why is he waging this war against certain people? Is there a history?
There are two ways that one can make a debut today. One is go out all guns blazing with a commercial entertainer like the way star son vehicles have been. The other is to try and impress with a different subject. Nikhil Kumar, with the baggage of being a former Chief Minister's son (HD Kumaraswamy) and an ex-Prime Minister's grandson (HD Deve Gowda), has chosen the former. Jaguar is a slick, stylish film that has all the necessary commercial elements that one requires to impress the fans.
The film, unlike the usual commercial potboilers, begins directly in the present with SS Krishna (Nikhil) wearing a vigilante uniform and killing a lawyer/judge live on a hacked news network. We are then introduced to different facets to the hero's life, be it his dancing skills, romancing techniques, fighting skills or ability to deliver a punch dialogue one after the other. What's impressive is that the mega money spent on the film shows, be it in the extravagant chase sequence, the lavish college campus (which is Infosys Mysuru campus) or the fact that Tamannaah shimmies away in a sizzling number, something that naturally evokes whistles from a Kannada viewer.
The film has a host of interesting and known supporting cast lineup, led by the likes of Jagapathi Babu, Ramya Krishna and Sadhu Kokila, each of who owns the screen whenever they are present. The film, given the budget, is a treat to watch, with no jarring special effects or badly choreographed fights. Instead, each of the songs, fight sequences or even the normal everyday locations of the film is pleasing to the eyes. This is something that works for the viewers.
Newbie Nikhil is earnest and his attempts show. He shines especially in the fight sequences and has his way with the comical scenes too. Heroine Deepti Sati is nothing more than an eye candy, with little scope to show her talent. The other highlight of the film is Jagapathi Babu, who sizzles as the social media crazy CID officer on the 'Jaguar' case. The baddies Sampath, Aditya Menon and Saurav Lokesh play their part. As does the rest of the ensemble cast, especially Aadarsh Balakrishna in a role that is bigger than the rest.
While this film has all that matters for a commercial potboiler and is also made in a rather slick, contemporary style, the film, in totality, falls just short of being extravagant. There is a good back story, there are sentiments and there is an interesting screenplay, but they don't sum up together to generate that wow factor. Though, one does not need to complain as the film still makes for a one-time watch for those who want to see some stylish entertainment on screen. Nikhil, eventually, makes a decent entry into Sandalwood. Let's wait for his next...