BANGALORE A film can be remade. But packaging it with a lot of humour takes effort. And director P Kumar seems to have definitely done justice to this remake of the Malayalam comedy flick Mayamohini.
There is no circus, no trapeze, but a lot of entertainment. The story follows the life of a young man, Jai Raj (Sharan), who escapes from police custody to look for his missing father, Nagabharana. Yogaraj (Harish Raj), who stays with his maternal uncle, (Ramakrishna) is searching for a bride.
As per the family astrologer, he should marry a girl of a particular nakshatra and only then will he do well in life.
Yogaraj, not quite successful in his business, needs to follow his uncle's instructions, so that he can inherit the family's wealth. Meanwhile, he falls for Lalitha (Aishwarya Devan), daughter of a businessman (Suchendra Prasad) living in Mumbai. However, Lalitha's father rejects the relationship.
Yograj takes his lawyer friend Lakshminarayan's (Ravi Shankar) help to convince his uncle, who finally agrees to meet the girl.
Unfortunately, the day the meeting is supposed to happen, Lalitha leaves Yogaraj and goes back to Mumbai.
In order to convince his uncle, Yogaraj brings Jai Lalitha, a theatre artist, home. He convinces her to play his wife.
Why does Jai Lalitha agree to act as Yogaraj's wife and how Jai Raj finds his father form the major crux of the story.
While the beginning is slow, the plot establishes itself in the latter half. The director has woven elements of humour throughout. Sharan in various avatars adds to this mix. The actor, who is known for his comic roles, has done full justice to this outing.
However, Aishwarya Devan and Disha Pandey, who plays Sharan's love interest, have very little screen presence.
Nothing much to highlight about Karunakar's cinematography and Sridhar Sambram's music, but the film could have been edited better.
Verdict: Sure to tickle your funny bones, Jai Lalitha is a one-time watch.
Film: Jai Lalitha
Director: P Kumar
Cast: Sharan, Harish Raj, Ravi Shankar, Disha Pandey, Aishwarya Devan