Pawan Kalyan aka Power Star, is very new to me. Infact I have only seen one of his films so far, the 2008 blockbuster Jalsa. (Directed by Trivikram Srinivas) I found Jalsa had all that was required for a perfect Tollywood Masala Experience. First: It has a very appealing hero in Pawan Kalyan. He plays a perpetual college student (forever young!) with a drinking problem (he's vulnerable!) and, it turns out, a mysterious past (Oh! a bad boy!). Of course these things add up to him being pursued by the lovely Bhagi, played by Ileana, after he rescues her and her friend from some rowdies.
Second: The romance works and is fun to watch. Ileana does a great job playing the pursuer with the perfect combination of insecurity and determination.
Third: The comedy tracks work for the most part. Sunil, Brahmanandam and Ali show up in different capacities. Sunil's track works the best I think. He is Bhagi's advisor and helps her get her man. He does this by misunderstanding the "advice" he gets as he tries to help her.
Additionally, there are those sweet little graphic touches that happens so frequently in Tollywood films. Little surprises that make you giggle and smile.
|Ileana's about to slap that kiss away!|
|Is that a full moon or a fool moon?|
|Sunil's about to replay a conversation.|
|You can tell he's the villain 'cuz he's filmed at an angle!|
Ninth: Of course there has to be great songs too. The music is by Devi Sri Prasad. I don't think this movie had the greatest choreography so I'll wait untill I see Pawan in more movies to decide whether he can dance or not. But Ileana was great as usual. These are my two favorite songs.
All in all Jalsa has all the requiremnts for a great Masala entertainer. I am really looking forward to Power Star's next movie!