In the idyllic town of Malgudi, a young doctor falls in love with a happy-go-lucky man. But this near perfect platonic romance turns sour with the entering of the third angle in this love story.
Pavan Wadeyar's Jessie has been among the more awaited films of this year. This film, which seemed like a romantic tale, offers an interesting twist, turning it into a thriller. While the trailer did have some guessing the twist, for the rest this shift in storyline brings in some disbelief and shock, ensuring the narrative picks up. The film lags in the first half, but picks up during the interval and ensures there's enough entertainment. Talking about the plot of the film beyond a little summary that it is a romantic triangle with a thriller twist would be injustice, for it would act as a spoiler to anyone interested in watching the film. So, let's leave the plot there and instead focus on what works and doesn't for this film, which has tried to be a little different from the stereotypical stories.
The fact that the film is named after one of the lead heroes' character is deceptive, for the story majorly revolves around the heroine. An innocent small town girl, who is a romantic at heart, she experiences her first love, which she thinks is near perfect, but it ends up shocking her beyond her imagination. We have very few makers who make films where the heroine carries the story on her shoulder, and this is definitely worth applauding. Parul Yadav looks her best in the film, especially in the songs, and delivers a good performance. Both the heroes, Dhananjaya and Raghu Mukherjee, ably support the narrative, playing their parts well. The excessive comedy tracks, be it of Chikkanna or Sadhu Kokila, seem unnecessary to the narrative, though, for they fail to deliver the required laughs.
The film's biggest plus points are the music and screenplay. Both of them ensure the film looks and sounds great. What sets the film back from scoring a bull's eye is the screenplay, which lags at times. The film could have been trimmed by at least 10-15 minutes to ensure the thriller element seems intact. While this is a shortcoming, the story has enough novelty factor, even though it touches on familiar territory that has been explored in films. This film is a one-time watch, provided you don't go with gargantuan expectations. Watch it for the music, cinematography and an interesting plot that has been dealt by Pavan, who moves beyond his comfort zone.