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Jyothi Lakshmi

Jyothi Lakshmi

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Directed by : Puri Jagannadh

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Directed by Puri Jagannadh, Jyothi Lakshmi stars Charmee Kaur in the leading role.


“Not the standard we expect from Puri, has its moments though.”

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Puri is off the game!

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Produced by Charme Kaur herself, Jyoti Lakshmi, a movie for which she apparently had to lose 11 kgs, has been long time coming. The script was discussed years ago and eventually Charme came through into doing it. But, Jyoti Lakshmi is no Chandni Bar or any other tale that revolves around a sex worker's life. The script starts with the average premise of an IT employee (Satya Dev) falling in love with a sex worker (Charme) and proposing to her for marriage. But, things in red light areas and human trafficking domains are rarely simple. They cannot afford to lose someone like Jyoti Lakshmi obviously and would throw the entire force to make her life a living hell. Charme has to be the hero of the movie, taking up the onus of protecting her transformed self, her love story and her new life. Everything is at stake as she takes on the bad guys and blows up their own business in the face.

The movie is flawed in many ways. Puri is a very commercial filmmaker and that aspect interferes a lot with the flow of the actual story. Transformation of a sex worker to a lovely wife needs some insightful direction and portrayal as it doesn't happen overnight. Sex workers are generally so scarred, transforming from one role to another and then turning into a Terminator of sorts is a little hard to believe if it happens in very quick time. As if that is not making you restless enough, there are umpteen songs in the second half including a needless item song and an unnecessary Brahmi cameo that make you cringe and wonder what the director wants to showcase. Those pieces are not necessary and you had rather that time was offered to Satya Dev who in spite of putting up a brave performance finds himself out of favor in the second half of the movie. It is still a lot like Tollywood's way of doing things - either the hero does it all or the heroine does it all. While riding a bullet looks cool in the trailer or on a poster, in a 2.5 hour movie, you have to justify a lot of scenes and every dialogue and that rarely happens in Jyoti Lakshmi's script.

That patchiness and Mickey Meyer's not so great soundtrack leave Charme to do too much to salvage the movie. While she is a good actress no doubt and was complemented well by Satya, long preachy monologues now characteristic of Puri, hardly let you appreciate that. From a man who has helmed movies like Pokiri much was expected. Jyoti Lakshmi is not a bad movie but definitely a story that needed better handling, especially when it came to characters,

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