Starring: Samantha Akkineni, Sharwanand
Director: Prem Kumar
Producer: Dil Raju
Music: Govind Vasantha
Ram (Sharwanand) a travel photographer visits his high school in Vizag and rewinds the golden days. Soon after his schoolmates Vennela Kishore and Thagubothu Ramesh will arrange a reunion. In the reunion ceremony, Ram comes across his first love Jaanu (Samantha). Who is Jaanu? What is the flashback of Ram and Jaanu? Later, how are the scenes between Ram and Jaanu are narrated in a soulful manner? Forms the rest of the story.
Sharwanand and Samantha Akkineni have delivered beautiful performances and the chemistry between the two is the highlight of Jaanu. Sai Kiran Kumar and Gouri G Kishan, who have played younger versions of the hero and heroine have done good jobs. Vennela Kishore, Raghu Babu, Varsha Bollamma and Saranya Pradeep have done justice to their roles, say the audience.
The chemistry between Sharwa and Sam
Lack of regular commercial formate
Production values of the film are top notch as the period visuals in Vizag and school set up have been showcased supremely well. Music by Govind Vasantha is also good. Special mention to Chinmayi who has done a solid job with her dubbing for Sam.
Dialogues are simple yet create an impact. Production design is also quite good. Coming to the director Prem Kumar, he has done a sincere job with the remake as well. He kept the emotions intact and did not try anything new.
On the whole, Jaanu is a faithful remake that has the emotions intact from the original. The film will surely draw comparisons as those who did not see 96 will like the film and all those who watched it will find it slow-paced. The film is clearly an A center and multiplex film but Sharwanand and Samantha give career-best performances and shoulder the film till the end and making it a decent watch this weekend.