The film is helmed by Shiva Nirvana and is slated for a release on Amazon Prime Video on September 10
Tuck Jagadish is one of the most anticipated Telugu films of 2021 that has faced multiple release days and eventually opted to release directly on OTT via Amazon Prime Video on September 10 for Vinayaka Chavithi. The film, directed by Shiva Nirvana (who has helmed Ninnu Kori and Majili in the past), features an ensemble star cast comprising Nani, Ritu Varma, Aishwarya Rajesh, Jagapathi Babu, Rohini, Devadarshini, Bindu Chandramouli, Kancharapalem Kishore, Daniel Balaji, Thiruveer and Rao Ramesh. Produced by Sahu Garapati and Harish Peddi under Shine Screens, the film has music by S Thaman with the background score composed by Gopi Sundar.
What's the film all about?
The film is a quintessential family entertainer set in a fictional village Bhudevipuram and revolves around a joint family, which the title character Jagadish Naidu is a part of. Jagadish (Nani) appears a softie on the exterior but can prove to be a handful when he stands up for someone in trouble. He falls in love with a newly appointed VRO, Gummadi Varalakshmi (Ritu Varma), whom he fondly addresses as Gumma. His elder brother is Bose Babu (Jagapathi Babu), a man who considers himself the decision-maker of the family, after his father, family patriarch, Aadisesh Naidu (Nasser) breathes his last. Trouble ensues over a piece of land in the village and Jagadish rises to the occasion to hold the fort, only to be misunderstood by his family later.
From the trailer, it's quite clear that Bose Babu is the adopted son of Aadisesh Naidu; it also hints at arguments about preferential treatment among siblings. Jagadish is portrayed as a man who could go to any length to protect his family while Bose Babu has his shades of grey. Veerendra (Daniel Balaji) is the trouble maker to whom the protagonist plans to teach a lesson. How will Jagadish clear the air within the family, settle scores with Veerendra, Bose Babu and win his love interest Varalakshmi? Malayalam actress Maala Parvathi, Aishwarya play Anjanamma and Chandra, cast as the mother and sister to Jagadish. Tuck Jagadish has a staple plot but one that's a safe bet for festive releases.
Why is the film eagerly awaited?
Tuck Jagadish is anticipated by crowds for more reasons than one. It brings together director Shiva Nirvana and actor Nani yet again after their successful collaboration, the romantic triangle Ninnu Kori. Shiva Nirvana has scored two hits with both the films he has made to date - Ninnu Kori and Majili. Nani and Ritu Varma are reuniting for the second time in their careers, six years after the coming-of-age tale Yevade Subrahmanyam. Ritu Varma's performances received praise for most of her recent releases - Kanulu Kanulu Dochayante, Putham Pudhu Kaalai and Ninnila Ninnila. Nani and Aishwarya Rajesh's casting as brother and a sister should make for interesting viewing too.
The supporting cast boasts of talents from various industries - from Daniel Balaji to Rohini to Maala Parvathi, Devadarshini, Nasser in addition to Telugu actors like Bindu Chandramouli, Kancharapalem Kishore and Jagapathi Babu. Tuck Jagadish's music by S Thaman, especially tracks like Inkosaari Inkosaari, Kolo Kolanna Kolo and Neeti Sukka are already a hit with the public. More than anything else, family entertainers with a formidable cast and crew are conventionally known to cast a spell on Telugu audiences during festivals. Tuck Jagadish has a strong cast and technical team that should make this a minimum guarantee fare this Vinayaka Chavithi.
Why was the film in the news?
Nani and director Shiva Nirvana, who had claimed that the film would release in theatres at any cost in 2021, went back on their decision and opted for a digital premiere on Amazon Prime Video. They added that the decision was taken purely in the interest of the producers and uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation across the globe. Theatre owners hit back at the film's team for not supporting theatrical releases when exhibitors and distributors were suffering across the Telugu states and also criticised them for the September 10 release date on OTT - the Vinayaka Chavithi festival day where crowds turn up in theatres in huge numbers. However, Nani and Shiva Nirvana later justified that this was only an exceptional case for factors beyond their control and promised to release their films only in theatres henceforth when the situation is feasible.