Jackson Durai Movie Review

Definitely, a different horror tale, but lacks engagement

Reviews 1-Jul-2016 4:49 PM IST Top 10 Comments

Direction : Dharani Dharan
Production : Sri Green Productions
Starring : Sathyaraj, Sibiraj, Bindu Madhavi, Karunakaran
Music : Siddharth Vipin
Cinematography : Yuvraj
Editing : Vivek Harshan

A decent comeback with 'Naaigal Jaakirathai' and Sibiraj returns back with 'Jackson Durai' that brings him together with his father Sathyaraj together on the screens. The film is directed by Dharani Dharan featuring Bindu Madhavi, Karunakaran, Yogi Babu and Naan Kadavul Rajendran in important roles


The tale runs into a haunted bungalow located amidst Ayanpuram, a deep rooted village somewhere from Selam (Sorry this is the spell you find in the movie for ‘SALEM’). A good for nothing cop (Sibiraj) has been assigned to investigate the occurrence of paranormal behaviours in village. During the mission, he falls in love with a beautiful girl (Bindu Madhavi), daughter of village landlord. As he makes a proposal on marriage, her cousin boy (Karunakaran) too insists on getting her married to him. Now the Landlord sets upon a challenge for both to stay inside the haunted bungalow for a week and the survivor can marry his daughter.

Remember this! Already two smugglers who went inside the bungalow as hideout from police are mysteriously missing.


Right from the word ‘Go’, we are kept so intact over the film and all credits go to filmmaker Dharani Dharan. The screenplay he has crafted for the first hour is completely engrossing with more filled with humour and spine-chilling moments. He has tried to balance the humour among Karunakaran and Yogi Babu in equal portions, where they even dominate Sibiraj. There are few sequences where Sibiraj plays pranks on ghost by singing ‘Selfie Pulla’. Not to miss the comedy act of Karunakaran, particularly with the little boy turns all into laughter maniacs. But what turns out to be a disappointment is when you see the entire screenplay getting too fallible during the second hour. The flashback sequences and the reason behind the paranormal conflicts doesn’t create an impact and fails to hold with engagement. Keeping the songs limited with just couple of tracks in initial moments and only in final credits are appreciable. Siddarth Vipin has tried to get his best with backgrounds score. The sound designing is yet another highlighting trait and cinematography could have been better. Editing by National award winning Vivek Harshan is worthy of appreciations.


Sibiraj has to improvise a bit over his acting. There is nothing to blame on him and he has come up with lots of good development, but still he needs to get escalated to next level. But he ticks perfectly over the humour quotients and manages to get applause from audiences. Bindu Madhavi appears with glamorous appeal, disappears, appears and disappears... Yogi Babu and Karunakaran bring out the best hilarious episodes that keeps the theatres studded with laughter unceasingly. Sathyaraj gives his best with flawless appeal, but again his characterisation doesn’t get us emotional for any reason. Naan Kadavul Rajendran is merely used for the sake of face value.

What works?

1. Engaging and Engrossing first half
2. A unique concept in the supernatural thriller genre
3. Set work, Make up, Cinematography and every technical aspect

What doesn’t work?

1. Second half screenplay
2. The justification behind the paranormal activities doesn’t make sense.
3. Lengthy duration, especially second half

On the whole, Dharani Dharan offers a great first half that has lively, enjoyable and scary moments while the second half drops down with momentum with dragging portions. But the director deserves special mention for making a different attempt in horror genre.

Verdict : Definitely, a different horror tale, but lacks engagement

Rating : 4.5/10

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