- Casting: Chaitanya Krishna, Eeswari, Esther Anil, Naina Ganguly, Subhalekha Sudhakar
- Director: Teja Marni
- Genre: Drama
- Producer: Sandeep Marni
- Release: Aug 14, 2020
- Language: Telugu
Johar is an anthology connecting five different stories amidst a common conflict. It revolves around the lives of an old man, a struggling athlete, a poor farmer, a politician, and a young couple.
Director Teja Marni makes an impressive debut ticking some important boxes. The film is brilliant on the technical side with very good cinematography and music. The picturesque landscapes of Varanasi and Srikakulam look splendid, and are something which haven’t been captured before. The music by Priyadarshan backs the film well, and the last song deserves a special mention.
The editing could’ve been better as few scenes are unnecessarily long, and some dialogues repetitive.
All the actors did a fine job, veteran actors Subhalekha Sudhakar and Eeswari dominate the lot though.
The first half of the film is quite engaging and fresh, however the film loses pace in the second half and gets predictable. The orphanage episodes are written quite well, backed by some brilliant quotes of Subhash Chandra Bose. The athlete’s story is rushed and doesn’t create any impact. The film makes up for its flaws with a very good ending. It takes a dig at the infamous ‘Statue of Unity’ and makes a strong statement.
Johar is an ambitious film which discusses important issues with conviction. The film works to a satisfying extent and is worth watching despite the flaws.