|Directed by||K. S. Ravikumar|
|Produced by||Radhika Sarathkumar|
|Written by||K. S. Ravikumar|
|Cinematography||R. D. Rajasekhar|
|Editing by||Don Max|
|Studio||UTV Motion Pictures|
|Release date(s)||29 January 2010|
Jaggubhai is a 2010 Indian Tamil action film written and directed by K. S. Ravikumar, who with collaborates with the lead actor, Sarath Kumar for their ninth film. Also starring Shriya Saran, debutant Srisha and veteran comedian Goundamani; the film is produced by Sarath Kumar's wife, Radhika and UTV Motion Pictures. The film features music composed by Rafee, whilst cinematography is handled by R. D. Rajesekhar and the film is edited by Don Max.
The film's plot, similar to the 2001 French film Wasabi, follows the journey of a tough Indian police officer, fondly known as "Jaggubhai", who is sent to Australia on an important mission to deal with anti-social elements there. He fails in his mission for which he came to Australia and the brief romance with a citizen, Meena, also ends abruptly and he returns to India as a dejected officer failing in his official duty and in personal life. But fate had something in store for him when twenty years later he gets a call stating that Meena is dead and has left him a will, to protect their daughter, who does not realise that Jaggubhai is her father. The film's plot revolves around how he protects his daughter from the same terror threats that had defeated him twenty years ago.
The film, originally launched as a Rajinikanth-starrer in May 2004, resurfaced in May 2008 with a new cast with changes to the story. Shooting started months later, and took place in various locations: Melbourne, Australia; Bangkok, Thailand and Chennai, India being primary locations. Prior to release, the film was controversially leaked online and printed as DVDs, with subsequent actions causing a media uproar in the film industry. The film then re-shot the climax and premiered in Chennai to the most-well attended movie premiere in recent times on January 27, 2010. The film released two days after, fetching average reviews.
Jagannathan, (Sarath Kumar) fondly known as ‘Jaggubhai’. is an Indian Police Officer with sharp methods. His way of dealing the criminals strikes terror in the underground world. Tough is just an ordinary word to describe this upright, straight forward police officer. Jaggubhai is sent to Australia on an important mission to deal with anti social elements there. In Australia, Jaggubai meets Meena (Srisha) and they both fall in love with each other. Jaggubai fails in his mission for which he came to Australia and the brief romance with Meena also ends abruptly. Jaggubai returns to India as a dejected officer failing in his official duty and in personal life.
But fate had something in store for him. Twenty years later he gets a call from Australia stating that Meena is dead and has left him a will. He reaches Australia and is shocked to know that the brief encounter with Meena had resulted in a daughter Monisha (Shriya Saran), now a teenager. Jaggubai realises that has left behind his daughter and her wish that Jaggubhai should protect her.
Monisha thinks that he is mother’s friend and tries to act cranky. Threat comes in the form of some anti social elements who want to eliminate Monisha. These thugs were the same ones who had tricked Jaggubai some 20 years earlier. Now, it is Jaggubai’s duty to save his only daughter and settles old scores with the thugs. He now meets his former colleague Kaaliyappan (Goundamani). With his help he overcomes the crisis and eventually finds out why Meena left him and the reason for bringing him back into his daughter’s life.
In mid-2004, K. S. Ravikumar planned a film under the title Jaggubhai with the proposed cast including Rajinikanth in the lead role playing a terrorist. Aishwarya Rai was finalized to play the female lead role, after initial expectations that Rani Mukerji or Jyothika Saravanan would portray the role. The film which was set to have music composed by A.R. Rahman, had a photo shoot and was touted to be Rajinikanth's comeback film after the debacle of Baba in 2002. Shortly after, however, Rajinikanth was signed up for Chandramukhi, directed by P. Vasu. With the progress of Chandramukhi, Jaggubhai was delayed and subsequently shelved. Since it was shelved, Ravikumar went to direct Varalaru with Ajith Kumar in 2006 and the high-budget Dasavathaaram with Kamal Hassan. During the post-production of Dasavathaaram, Ravikumar announced that he would re-start his shelved project, Jaggubhai with a different cast.
Sarath Kumar was signed to play the dual lead role, becoming the tenth collaboration between the director and the actor. Sneha, who was picked to portray mother in the film, opted out due to her discontent in being the mother of the lead heroine. Despite early indications that Sarath Kumar's real-life step daughter, Rayan, would portray the role of the daughter, Shriya Saran bagged the role. Saran who had met commercial success with Sivaji: The Boss was then requested to portray dual roles in the film, however she rejected the opportunity, citing that she will only play a single role. After approaching Simran, Padmapriya Janakiraman, Kamalini Mukerji and Vimala Raman for the role, Bollywood actress Tabu agreed to do the mother's role, demanding a sum of 75 lakhs but later walked out of the role. Newcomer Srisha was later handed that certain role. Kiran Rathod was also handed a role in the film, which is touted to be the first of her comeback. Veteran comedien, Goundamani also plays a role in the project.
A full length, unfinished version of Jaggubhai was discovered online on 31 December 2009, far from the film's official release date. The leaked copy has some unfinished effects shots and does not contain any voice overs or dubs. The film's producer Raadhika Sarathkumar, the film's star and SIFAA president R. Sarathkumar, and K. S. Ravikumar held a press meet condemning the film's piracy, in which the former two had become emotional in discussion. The press meet was supported by Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Surya Sivakumar.
Jaggubhai had a well-attended premiere on January 27, 2010 at a popular multiplex in Chennai, with the event being dubbed as the most well-attended film premiere of all time for a Tamil film. The film released two days later, amidst much competition and opened in most centres across Chennai, Tamil Nadu as well as in various regions overseas to an average opening. The film grossed Rs. 9,19,564 in the opening weekend in Chennai and was declared an average film.
Upon release, the film generally received mixed to negative reviews from film critics. Rediff.com gave a very negative review of the film criiticizing all major aspects of the film from performance to production values labelling K. S. Ravikumar as "the biggest culprit" whilst mentioning that "the screenplay is silliness personified". Sarath Kumar is described as "a major disappointment, despite being given a role that would make any actor go green with envy", whilst Shriya Saran "gains brownie points by looking hot in various skimpy dresses" despite "not [being] successful in acting".
Sify.com are relatively less opinionated describing the movie as "run of the mill" though citing that the "major plus point of the film is that it is only 2 hours, and the camera work of RD Rajasekhar is scintillating". Sarath Kumar with his "macho tough look carries the film on his shoulders", while Shriya Saran as the spoiled brat is "adequate". Srisha "can’t emote" while Goundamani is a "scream", continued the review.
|Soundtrack by Rafee|
|Released||27 September 2009|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|1.||"Apple Laptop"||Shankar Mahadevan, Chinmayi,Mayoorshan Yogaratnam|
|2.||"Thuru Thuru"||Maheshwari Rani|
|3.||"Yezhu Vannathil"||Hariharan, Maheshwari Rani|
|4.||"Vaa Dhinam Dhinan"||Sunitha Sarathy|
|5.||"Thuru Thuru (Slow)"||Sunitha Sarathy|
|6.||"Anbulla Maan Vizhiye"||Rafee, Maheshwari Rani|
|7.||"Acham Madam Naanam"||Suchitra|