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Jana Gana Mana review: Prithviraj and Suraj Venjaramoodu give stellar performances, but the film has some flaws

'Jana Gana Mana' has its intentions right, but the execution is not flawless. In trying to project a strong Aravind (Prithviraj), the filmmakers have dumbed down the other characters a little too much.

April 30, 2022 / 08:28 PM IST
Prithviraj steals the show in political thriller 'Jana Gana Mana', directed by Dijo Jose Anthony. (Image source: Twitter/@PrithviOfficial)

Prithviraj steals the show in political thriller 'Jana Gana Mana', directed by Dijo Jose Anthony. (Image source: Twitter/@PrithviOfficial)

Political thrillers often portray incidents from real life, and director Dijo Jose Anthony has tried to capitalise on this in Jana Gana Mana starring Prithviraj and Suraj Venjaramoodu.

In this particular film, it is police encounters that form the crux of the plot, with Prithviraj playing Aravind Swaminathan, the protagonist.

Aravind’s friend Saba Mariam (Mamta Mohandas) is a professor at Hyderabad’s Central University who fights for students’ rights. The sudden rape and gruesome murder of Saba Mariam sets in motion a media frenzy, student protests and police investigation.

With mounting protests by the university students, police officer Sajjan Kumar (Suraj Venjaramoodu) is put in charge of this crucial investigation after the students are beaten up badly by cops. Since politicians are involved in this issue, his job is tougher than it looks and nabbing the culprits is not easy. Sajjan is taken off the case but what does he do next? Will he take matters into his own hands?