Jackson Durai

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Jackson Durai
Jackson Durai poster.jpg
Directed byDharani Dharan
Produced byM. S. Sharavanan
Written byDharani Dharan
Bindu Madhavi
Music byOriginal songs:
Siddharth Vipin
Background Score
S. Chinna
Edited byVivek Harshan
Sri Green Productions
Distributed bySri Thenandal Films
Release date
  • July 1, 2016 (2016-07-01)[1]
Running time
133 minutes[2]

Jackson Durai is a 2016 Tamil-language horror comedy film written and directed by Dharani Dharan, starring Sathyaraj, Sibiraj, and Bindu Madhavi in the leading roles, while Karunakaran, Rajendran, and Yogi Babu play supporting roles.[3][4] Featuring music composed by Siddharth Vipin and editing by Vivek Harshan, the film released on 1 July 2016. The film was dubbed and released in Telugu as Dora[5] The film was dubbed in Hindi as "Jackson The Paying Guest"


Sub-Inspector Sathya (Sibiraj) is sent to Aynpuram, a village in which a large bungalow from British times is claimed to be haunted by a ghost called Jackson (Zachary Coffin) according to the villagers. Sathya's mission is to prove that there are no ghosts in the village. Will he succeed in proving it or not forms the rest of the story.



Sri Green Productions agreed to finance Dharani Dharan's second directorial venture after Burma (2014), and signed on actors Sibiraj and Bindu Madhavi to appear in a horror film.[6] The film began production in May 2015, and was described to be a thriller set in the 1940s with Sathyaraj, Rajendran and American actor Zachary signed on for pivotal roles.[7] Dharani Dharan revealed that the film would be completed by October 2015, at a cost of 3 crore (US$420,000).[8]


Soundtrack was composed by Siddharth Vipin and lyrics written by Dharanidharan, Aravind Devaraj and Mohanrajan.[9] Behindwoods rated the album 2 out of 5 calling it "frivolous album which is high on freshness."[10]


The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV.


Baradwaj Rangan of Hindu wrote "Jackson Durai only sounds like a horror comedy — the plot is more intricate, it wants to do more than just make you laugh, scream. It actually wants to tell some kind of story, a Groundhog Day-like story that keeps looping back on itself, each iteration the opportunity for a change."[11] Sify wrote "Dharani Dharan’s ideology of mixing fantasy, horror and spoof is laudable but he hasn’t got the right screenplay. Although all the actors are capable of pulling off the characters given to them, the aimless screenplay doesn’t offer big entertainment."[12] Behindwoods wrote "Overall the director seems to have tried his best at giving us an entertaining feature but instead cluelessly heads in a direction which lacks a sense of purpose. He handles a texture that is not definite and weaves a rather loose structure around it."[13] Times of India wrote "The film is a horror comedy, a genre that is very much the trend today, and going by the director's previous film, you expect at least a competently made film that keeps us entertained. But the only thing that we have in store is disappointment."[14] Top10cinema wrote "Definitely, a different horror tale, but lacks engagement."[15]


  1. ^ "Sathyaraj's Jackson Durai releasing on July 1st — New Movie Posters".
  2. ^ "JACKSON DURAI". BBFC. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Jackson Durai movie". The Times of India. 21 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Sibiraj to become Jackson Durai! - Times of India".
  5. ^ http://www.123telugu.com/reviews/dora-movie-review-in-telugu.html
  6. ^ "Sibiraj's next is a horror film 'Jackson Durai'".
  7. ^ "Sibiraj's period-horror film kicks off".
  8. ^ "Another ghost in town". 21 March 2015 – via The Hindu.
  9. ^ "Jackson Durai, Jackson Durai Songs, Download Jackson Durai songs by Siddharth Vipin. Raaga.com Tamil Songs — Raaga.com — A World Of Music".
  10. ^ "Jackson Durai (aka) Jackson Durai songs review".
  11. ^ "Jackson Durai: A well-crafted misfire". 1 July 2016 – via The Hindu.
  12. ^ "Jackson Durai review: A a decent horror comedy".
  13. ^ "Jackson Durai (aka) Jackson Durai review".
  14. ^ "Jackson Durai Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India".
  15. ^ "Jackson Durai (aka) Jackson Durai review".

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