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Jailer Review: Rajinikanth reigns supreme; Glorious return to form with Nelson Dilipkumar’s action-packed drama

Jailer Review: Rajinikanth shines in the action-packed drama “Jailer.” Directed by Nelson Dilipkumar, the film showcases Rajinikanth’s versatility and charisma like never before, solidifying his status as a timeless icon.

Rajinikanth’s evolution in “Jailer”

Written and directed by Nelson Dilipkumar, “Jailer” presents Rajinikanth in a fresh light, breaking away from his traditional action-hero image. The film’s narrative follows Muthuvel Pandian, a former jail warden turned avenger, portrayed by Rajinikanth. Unlike his classic action-hero roles, Rajinikanth’s transformation in “Jailer” is gradual and captivating.

While “Jailer” is a Tamil film at its core, it embraces a pan-Indian audience through cameo appearances by notable actors like Mohanlal, Jackie Shroff, Shiva Rajkumar, and Makarand Deshpande. “Jailer” goes beyond resurrecting Rajinikanth’s aura; it portrays him as a star transcending seasons and regions. Unlike typical Rajinikanth films, “Jailer” aims to cater to a diverse audience, encouraging viewers to watch the original version with subtitles to fully appreciate its intentions.

A riveting start, A diminished second half

The film’s first half grips the audience with engaging storytelling, while the second half falls short of maintaining the same momentum. Despite a couple of climactic twists, the latter part struggles to captivate, impacting the overall viewing experience.

Anirudh Ravichander’s musical score in “Jailer” bridges the gap between the fictional world of Muthuvel Pandian and Rajinikanth’s real-life legacy. The music serves as a theme song celebrating Rajinikanth’s timeless mass appeal, enhancing the film’s emotional depth. “Jailer” not only marks Rajinikanth’s spectacular comeback but also showcases a perfect blend of dark comedy, action, and emotion. 

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