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Jai Ganesh Review - Unni Mukundan impresses in Ranjith Sankar’s engrossing mystery thriller

Jai Ganesh Review - The mystery thriller that marked the first collaboration of Unni Mukundan and Ranjith Sankar, impresses with a remarkable performance by its leading man, and engrossing narrative.

Jai Ganesh Review - Unni Mukundan impresses in Ranjith Sankar’s engrossing mystery thriller
Unni Mukundan in a still from Jai Ganesh

Last Updated: 08.58 PM, Apr 12, 2024


Jai Ganesh story

Ganesh (Unni Mukundan) is a talented graphic artist and a highly skilled hacker. He is paralyzed below the waist after an accident, which happened a few years ago. Ganesh creates a superhero comic series named ‘Jai Ganesh’. He meets Nidhi (Mahima Nambiar), who decides to publish it on her Children's app. Meanwhile, MLA Prakash Puthran’s son Ayan, who shares a great bond with Ganesh, gets kidnapped by a stranger. How Ganesh solves the mystery behind Ayan’s kidnap using his skills, forms the crux of the story.

Jai Ganesh review

Ranjith Sankar, the writer-director, has created an engrossing mystery thriller that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats for most of its parts. Unni Mukundan’s character, Ganesh, is established very well and that makes it easy to connect with his thought process and inner turmoil. The narrative doesn’t waste much time to establish the supporting characters but still succeeds in setting the stage perfectly for the main plot, right in the first few minutes. The short and crisp dialogues deserve special mention.


However, things are not the same for the rest of the characters. Apart from the protagonist, none of the characters get a defined arc. The first half of the film establishes the premise very well. In fact, Jai Ganesh is thoroughly engaging almost till a few minutes into the second half. The cat-and-mouse game makes the narrative highly engrossing, thanks to the skillful writing. However, towards the end of the second half, the Unni Mukundan-starrer gets a bit too self-indulgent.

The over-stretched final act and climax dilute the overall experience. Also, the predictability factor hits the narrative of Jai Ganesh after it hits the most important turning point, and it impacts the effectiveness of the repetitive climax portions. Director Ranjith Sankar brings his signature ‘motivation’ sequence towards the end of the film, which doesn’t really fit into the overall mood of the film. However, these flaws have not prevented the Unni Mukundan-starrer from emerging as an enjoyable watch.

When it comes to the performances, Unni Mukundan has delivered the finest performance of his career yet, in Jai Ganesh. His immense growth as a performer is evident in the emotional sequences and dialogue delivery. Mahima Nambiar delivers a decent performance as Nidhi, even though the role doesn’t offer her much. Jomol is wasted in an insignificant role, while the rest of the cast, including Ashokan, Ravindra Vijay, Sreekanth K Vijayan, Benzi Mathews, Nandhu, and others are good in their respective roles.

Premalu-fame Sangeeth Prathap has done an excellent job as the editor of Jai Ganesh. Chandru Selvaraj’s visuals have created the perfect backdrop for the mystery thriller. Sankar Sharma’s songs are fine, while the impressive background score elevates the narrative.

Jai Ganesh verdict

Jai Ganesh is a well-made, engrossing thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat for most of its parts. Unni Mukundan’s impressive performance and effective storytelling make it an enjoyable watch.

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