Jhansi is the dubbed version of Tamil crime drama film Naachiyaar starring Jyothika in lead role with G. V. Prakash Kumar and Ivana in prominent roles. It was written, produced and directed by Bala. The original Tamil version was released on 16th Feb and the Telugu dubbed version released on 17th Aug, 2018.
Assistant Commissioner Jhansi (Jyothika) is all set to leave for a vacation with her family. She cancels her vacation and starts investigating the rape case of a minor girl (Ivana) as she gets a lead. The accused, Gaali Raju (G. V. Prakash Kumar), is a roadside worker who is also a minor. The girl is impregnated and the couple say that they are lovers and everything happened with her consent. Jhansi keeps investigating the case in spite of the report. What she finds during the investigation and what happened to the couple forms the rest of the story.
The premise is interesting and the suspense elements are well executed. The first half is good and the love story is beautifully showcased. The chemistry between the couple helped the film to a great extent. The interval twist raises many questions and the suspense is established. The second half goes haywire without following a pattern or sequence. Everything seems obvious and there is not much thought put into the development. The climax seems to be abrupt like any other film of Bala. But the short runtime helped the film get over several issues. The film has 1 hour 40 minutes runtime which is almost half of several recent Telugu films. Overall, it’s a bitter and grounded story of the ordinary people.
Jyothika is superb in her role as a rude and arrogant police officer. It is the first time she has done such a film in her career but she is totally convincing in her character. The body language and expressions make it seem like a tailormade film for her. G. V. Prakash Kumar is believable in his role. His makeup and costumes brought the originality required for the character. Ivana is perfect in her role with her eyes conveying most of the emotions. She is impressive as a housemaid and a teenage mother.
Jhansi has a good story but not up to the mark narration. The dialogues are realistic. The dubbing is bad and is at times loud. The art design and production values are top-notch. All locations are convincing and realistic. The cinematography elevates the tone and mood of the film. The background score is decent but could have been better. Editing is good for such a short runtime. The direction in superb and Bala manages to maintain the balance throughout the film.
Jhansi is a dark themed film which deals with many social problems and the lifestyle of poor people. The film is full of Tamil nativity which may not appeal to regular audience. It’s a hard-hitting realistic film with serious drama. The audience who like realistic films and are not bothered by Tamil flavor can watch it.