D J Dhruvaraja Jagannath is an out and out Allu Arjun entertainer to the core. The movie is the directorial of Harish Shanker and is action packed and sort of a funny and interesting watch. The star hero is a major show stealer and carries the film along on his shoulders with his energetic performance. Pooja Hegde’s beauty combined with her elegance, good comedy, and some mass elements will go really well with the crowds. Harish’s impeccable dialogue writing, Vikram Siri’s entertaining screenplay and formulaic direction standards made DJ a commercial feast. This kind of a story line is age old in actuality. But, Harish’s presentation of heroism, sticking to safe play without taking an experimental path made the whole show an engaging one for masses.
Dhruvaraja Jagannath (played by Allu Arjun) one of the most loved youngsters in his community. A Brahmin youngster, who has mastered the Vedas and mantras, takes care of his family and its business that is catering services, respects elder, abide by the laws of the land (in the day) and keep preaching the right messages to the civil society. He is the ideal son and citizen when he is around his family members. When he steps away, his body and language completely change and he goes by the name DJ, a legend of sorts among the criminals. Dhruvaraja Jagannath (Allu Arjun) is a small town brahmin boy who goes against all odds and helps others. Seeing this quality of his, a high-profile cop (Murali Sharma) asks him to become DJ, a man who fights crime while undercover. This is the same time when Dhuvaada falls in love with Pooja (Pooja Hegde) the daughter of a high profile minister (Posani) involved with yet another crime lord Royyala Naidu (Rao Ramesh) who also operates in disguise. On the other hand, DJ decides to take on Royyala Naidu in his mission but does not know who he is in actual life. Rest of the story is as to how Duvvada Jagannadham alias DJ manages to finish Royyala Naidu.
One of the biggest assets of this film is without any doubt Allu Arjun and his performance. The actor is top notch in both his characters as Duvvada and Dj. But he is the best when he becomes Dhruvaraja as his aura, diction, comedy touch and mannerisms are hilarious. Allu Arjun carries the entire film forward and makes the film watchable which has an otherwise routine storyline. Rao Ramesh as Royyalanaidu imitating his father Late Rao Gopal Rao (dressing style as well as accent) has come up with decent performance but his characterisation lacks dhum. Murali Sharma, Tanikella Bharani and other actors have done justice to their roles. Vennela Kishore provides laughs in few scenes. Subba Raju as a guy who speaks to his dead mother has provided good laughter in the climax sequences.
Ayananka Bose’s cinematography is a huge bonus to the movie as he has brought the Bollywoodish class in some scenes. He has not shot entire film though (couple of other cinematographers filmed some parts).Editing by Chota K Prakash is neat and very much subtle. The script work has been done by the director himself. Harish Shankar’s moment of success has always been at telling stories in a humorous way and writing terrific dialogues. He has shown his mark here again. He scores as dialogue writer. Allu Arjun has mesmerized the fans with his dancing and the songs are simply superb placed according to the situation in the movie. The music department was helmed by Devi Sri Prasad and he has done a simply great job with it. In between the movie they are many twists which will surely hold the audience’s attention. In short DJ is your cup of tea if you are looking for a good entertainer this week.