Review By : Movie Run Time : 2 hour 37 minutes Censor Rating : U

Production: Arun Pandian, Vijay Sethupathi Cast: Madonna Sebastian, Saranya Ponvannan, Sayessha, Suresh Chandra Menon, Vijay Sethupathi, Yogi Babu Direction: Gokul Screenplay: Gokul Story: Gokul Music: Siddharth Vipin Background score: Siddharth Vipin Cinematography: Dudley Editing: VJ Sabu Joseph

After a successful outing with 'Idharakudhaane Aasaipattai Balakumara', director Gokul and Makkal Selvan Vijay Sethupathi reunite for the dark comedy action film, Junga. It also stars Sayyeshaa, Madonna Sebastian, Yogi Babu and Suresh Menon appearing in other lead roles.

Grandson of Don Linga and Son of Don Ranga, Don Junga (Vijay Sethupathi) sets out to retrieve their family's most prized possession, from a man who cheats them to take control of it. But the problem is, he is very stringent in terms of budget. The crux of the film lies in whether Junga is able to manage his expenses and finish his work successfully.

With regards to the handling of the plot, Gokul takes a long time to establish the characters who will be driving the story forward. The portions involving Madonna Sebastian may seem to be laggy as they don't have a significant impact on the story. The reasoning behind the characterization of the quirky protagonist is well defined. There are dull moments in the lengthy screenplay, and that is where Yogi Babu acts as a saving grace. His one-liners work in favor of the genre and get the theater bursting into laughter. Towards the end of the first half, the story moves to Paris and from thereon, you are required to ignore the logic loopholes to enjoy the dark comedy.

While trying to be quirky and unconventional, Gokul eventually falls into the regular commercial template. This point is strongly supported by a couple of songs that find their place in a screenplay that may not require them. An advantage is that he has designed almost every character with a comical shade, which makes it easier for them to fit into the dark humor genre.

No matter how 'Kanjan' his character may be, Vijay Sethupathi has been the complete opposite as a producer. The investment seems to be of good standards and that reflects in the technical and visual output of the product. The cinematographer Dudley has done a commendable job, especially in the action sequences that take place in Paris. VJ Sabu Joseph's edit is precise in terms of cuts, but the length could be a debatable factor as a section of the audience might feel that the second half is a tad bit longer and draggy. Siddharth Vipin's songs are passable, and the background score is functional.

Sayyeshaa is cute, and her character holds primary importance throughout the second half. Yet again, she proves her prowess in dance and her introductory dance sequence requires a special mention. Saranya Ponvannan as Don Amma has played an exciting character as a cribbing mother, contrary to what we have seen her all these years. However, the show-stealer is Don Paati. Junga's grandmother has a really interesting character, and she is full of energy! Finally, Vijay Sethupathi's screen presence is a major positive, though one might feel that his style is getting repetitive in comparison to the recent past. However, he is convincing as the budget don.

All inclusive, Junga is a watchable entertainer that could work better for those who enjoy Vijay Sethupathi's unorthodox Orthodox-ness!


Verdict: Keep the logic aside and get entertained by 'Kanjan' Junga!


2.5 5 ( 2.5 / 5.0 )








Review by : Behindwoods Review Board Album Release Date : Jun 13,2018

Koottippo Koodave
Singers: Ranina Reddy, Sathya Prakash
Lyrics: Lalithanand


Ranina Reddy and Sathya Prakash’s Koottippo Koodave is a depth filled melody track. The vocals have the base and the song seems to have a superior sound thanks to the mixing and mastering. This song that had been released as a single has few good elements to watch out for and all the melody lovers would ideally have it in their playlist.

Parrys to Paris
Singers: Anthony Daasan, Kalpana
Lyrics: Lalithanand


Parrys to Paris is a number high on horns and guitars. A touch of rock with some ballet based beats, this is a number that starts off well. Lyrics are also commendable. It gives us hints about the film’s theme. The chorus portion could very well become famous among youngsters. Anthony Daasan and Kalpana do their part with the vocals well.

Amma Mela Sathiyam
Singers: Jagadeesh, Pavithra Gokul
Lyrics: Lalithanand


Amma Mela Sathiyam is a typical folk number that has a fast and pacy tempo along with some decent beats though conventional. It has a tinge of Telugu lyrics. This could have something to do with the theme of the film. The flute portions are pleasant and add life to this otherwise usual folk number.

Rise of Don
Singers: Emcee Jesz, Suraj Jagan, Siddharth Vipin, Rockstar Ramani Ammal
Lyrics: Lalithanand


Rise of the Don is a funky title track sort of a song that has a very catchy tune to start off with. Emcee Jesz along with Suraj Jagan and Rockstar Ramani Ammal give a powerful rendition that sounds positive. The rap along with the folk touch give the song two different dimensions with the drum beats taking the main stage. A good listen for those who like innovation in their music.

Singers: Marana Gaana Viji, Nakash Aziz
Lyrics: Lalithanand


Lolikiriya is a mainstream folk based song that has good energy throughout. However, as per the instruments and the beats, there is not much experimentation. Vocals by Marana Gaana Viji and Nakash Aziz are just about alright and it has a fun mood.

Makkal Selvan Fans Song
Vocals: Suraj Jagan, Jagadeesh

Lyrics : Lalithanand

A song totally dedicated for Makkal Selvan fans. Vocals by Suraj and Jagadeesh are power packed and the song is as short as 1 minute long. A quick catch for Vijay Sethupathi fans in the form of this song.

Verdict: An album dominated by folk with minimalistic innovation that hints some good potential.
( 2.5 / 5.0 )

Junga (aka) Jungaa

Junga (aka) Jungaa is a Tamil movie. Madonna Sebastian, Saranya Ponvannan, Sayessha, Suresh Chandra Menon, Vijay Sethupathi, Yogi Babu are part of the cast of Junga (aka) Jungaa. The movie is directed by Gokul. Music is by Siddharth Vipin. Production by Arun Pandian, Vijay Sethupathi, cinematography by Dudley, editing by VJ Sabu Joseph.