James Film Review: Puneeth Rajkumar’s Swansong As Lead Celebrates His Artistic Legacy


Cast: Puneeth Rajkumar, Priya Anand, Srikanth, Sarath Kumar, Rangayana Raghu

Among the maximum difficult things I’ve carried out in my decades of protecting cinema is watching James. Watching a posthumous launch is constantly a tough venture — I’m but to watch Dil Bechara, starring the late Sushant Singh Rajput — but I’d idea the 5 months among Puneeth Rajkumar’s passing and the film’s release on what would have been his forty seventh birthday would stupid the ache. I could not have been more incorrect.

At 7.45 am, once I walked into the Mangaluru theatre playing the film, the foyer changed into full of human beings — not one smiling, mind you. Some had been posing with a big cutout of Puneeth, however simply could not smile. It all felt so wrong. This isn’t how James, a film Puneeth had excessive hopes on, must were watched. Some offered tubs of popcorn, hoping that the everyday film watching accompaniment should lend a few feel of normalcy to a somber day. The personnel cleansing the theatre at 10.50 am while the display ended gathered such a lot of 1/2-empty and uneaten tubs of popcorn. It was as if nothing should normalise Puneeth’s passing.

Watching Chethan Kumar’s movie, you already know why Puneeth set wonderful save through it. It’s one of the higher big name vehicles to emerge in Kannada, and has its heart within the right location. The technical group has worked its coronary heart out for the film. The stunts (Chethan D’Souza, Ravi Varma and Ram-Lakshman) are available thick and speedy, but you don’t sincerely tire, due to the fact you realize Major Santhosh (Puneeth) has the frame and brain to complete a dozen human beings in one complete swoop. But, the nature of the film’s launch makes a review pointless. It is virtually tough to watch it as only a film, unclouded by way of emotion.

You understand the film has been put together through a group rattled with the aid of the demise of the one man or woman chargeable for the undertaking, and that some compromises have been made to make up for the patchwork that could not be completed. But, they’ve performed the satisfactory they may the usage of the footage they’d.

Yes, director Chethan could have infused a few greater nuance into the screenplay, which places characters in exact black and white silos. He ought to have averted falling for the cliched trope of portraying darkish-skinned oldsters as villains, however you’re in the temper to forgive, because they controlled to finish and launch it despite the instances.


First the story. In a struggle amongst drug lords, the head of a security corporation is known as to provide protection. And then, you study he has a backstory (the c programming language block is gripping). What occurs whilst conscientious oldsters pay the rate for being sincere? Do the bad guys escape? The threads of the primary and the second one halves come together thoroughly well, and can have left you smiling had the film been launched when Puneeth changed into still alive.

In between, there’s a tale of formative years friendship, sincere officers, a possible romantic angle (with a dignified Priya Anand), and the poisonous link among terrorism, drug-running, human trafficking and greater. Swamy J Gowda’s digicam captures all the action correctly, and Deepu S Kumar’s enhancing, mainly inside the movement sequences, is taut. Charan Raj’s song lifts some of the scenes and provides poignancy to some songs.

There’s a few humour too, presenting Puneeth, Sadhu Kokila and Rangayana Raghu, and also you even control a smile or two. But, for most components of the 150-minute runtime, all you heard amid the muted whistles became sniffling and managed sobs. I confess, I needed to attain out often for the handkerchief too. This is probably one among Puneeth’s higher screen outings and he owns the display (this time around, with a voiceover with the aid of his elder brother Shiva Rajkumar or Shivanna). When the quit titles played, there was hardly a dry eye inside the corridor.

As a person, Puneeth is known to need human beings around him to be satisfied. He would not were satisfied these days to peer such a lot of teary-eyed. Hundreds of bullets are fired at Major Santhosh within the film, and tens of punches land on him. He escapes all, and most effective one in the end gets him, but he recovers. You can’t assist however surprise if that streak of luck could not have spilled over to actual existence too. Go nicely Puneeth. The love you encourage among your target market will continue to be your lasting legacy.

  • James
  • Priya Anand
  • Puneet Rajkumar

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Subha is a consultant creator and editor based totally out of Mangaluru, Karnataka. There, she maintains alive her love for cinema across languages. You’ll find her on Friday mornings announcing a cheery hello to the friendly ushers at theatres, who’ve made peace with a center-elderly girl and her handbag occupying near-empty halls. She labored with The Hindu for almost 15 years, and now contributes to Silverscreen.in and The News Minute other than Film Companion.

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