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Times of India
Jayadev (Ganta Ravi), a diligent cop, takes charge as the Inspector of Simhadripuram. Srihari (Ravi Prakash), the sub-inspector of the adjunct police station, is murdered by the local sand mafia led by Mastan Raju (Vinod Kumar) as he starts collecting evidence against their illegal activity. Jayadev vows to avenge Srihari’s death and what ensues is a long-drawn-out battle with the mafioso. After a failed attempt on Jayadev’s life, Mastan Raju manages to get him suspended. Will he get himself reinstated and bring the goonda to justice?
Director Jayant C Paranjpe makes his comeback after long time with Jayadev, but fails to strike a chord with the audience. The titular character has been etched out in such a fashion that it is indeed quite difficult for a debutant to do justice to it. After all, the audience is used to seeing stars pull off such roles. To be fair, Ganta Ravi does not do such a bad job and in fact, shows promise. But the female lead, Malvika Raj, has absolutely no scope for performance. She is there just for the glam factor and reminds one of Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma quite a bit. Vinod Kumar as the villain does tend to go overboard on many a occasion and there is nothing special about his characterisation either.
Seasoned composer Mani Sharma disappoints although his background score for a few scenes is praiseworthy. Posani Krishna Murali is wasted in the role of IG and the comedy track of Vennela Kishore fails to evoke any laughter.
While the first half of the movie is on track as the ground for battle between Jayadev and Mastan Raju is established, the second half meanders aimlessly. The audience heaved a sigh of relief when the movie came to an end.
Paranjpe sticks to a done-to-death plot and fails to engage the audience that had placed big hopes on this talented director, especially since it is his comeback film of sorts. But alas, Jayadev ends up as a disappointing fare.