Jilla is one of the latest movies to hit the screens for Pongal this year in Tamil cinema industry. Clashing with another high octane movie Veeram, which has actor Ajith in the lead role, the Vijay starrer Jilla has opened up with many expectations. Jilla is supposed to be the comeback movie for Ilayathalapathy Vijay, whose last outing – Thalaivaa, faced so many problems and did not deliver as expected. Jilla also stars Malayalam veteran actor Mohanlal, which has further added up to the expectations.
Shakthi’s (Vijay) father is killed by a cop and he is left as an orphan. Shiva (Mohanlal), a don, takes care of Shakthi and raises him as his son along with his own son (Mahath). Shiva and Shakthi form a formidable force in local mafia with Shakthi hating cops to the core, since his father was killed by a cop. Shakthi falls in love with Shanthi (Kajal Aggarwal) and more twists follow, which leads Shakthi himself to become a cop. What happens between Shakthi and Shiva? What happens to Shakthi’s love towards Shanthi? Who is Shanthi in the first place?
Director Nesan has understood the Tamil audiences and more importantly the fans of Vijay and has come up with an apt commercial potboiler. Jilla is high on action and also has the flavors of sentiments, comedy and love. The first half of the movie has some comic sequences a few songs here and there and also unfolds the story without any issue.
The second half of Jilla is occupied by too many actions sequences and the length of the movie extends to two hours and fifty minutes, which is quite long for the context of the story. The movie also has too many punch dialogues, which might tire the neutral film watchers, who are not hard core fans of Vijay.