|Jaihind 2 (Tamil and Telugu)|
Aishwarya Arjun (co-producer)
|Written by||G. K. Gopinath (dialogues)|
|Music by||Arjun Janya|
|Cinematography||H. C. Venugopal|
|Edited by||Kay Kay|
Jaihind 2 in Tamil and Telugu Abhimanyu in Kannada is a 2014 Indian multilingual action-masala film produced and directed by Arjun. A sequel to the Tamil film Jai Hind. The film focuses on India becoming a superpower as dreamt by A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and tries to tackle the issues in the education system. The film released on 7 November 2014. This film won the Karnataka State Film Award for Second Best Film. This film was declared as a Super-Hit in the box office (Kannada), but it didn't run well in Tamil and Telugu.
Jaihind is the journey of five people, linked by one man, who fights for children's rights to education. Parvathi (Yuvina Parthavi), from a very poor family background, gets an admission into one of the most affluent schools in the city, but unable to pay the exorbitant fees, the man of the house sells one of his kidneys. They still fall short of a big chunk of money and they finally give up and commit suicide. This disturbs Abhimanyu (Arjun Sarja) deeply, and the computer service engineer becomes a hero over night, by propagandizing a solution for education costing so much. Abhimanyu suggests that all private schools be nationalised, which will compel them to offer services at very little fees compared to that being collected now, while still ensuring that the quality of education is not compromised. This is bad news for the private school owners, who make a business out of educating children. And hence Abhimanyu is targeted and pushed to extremes. He is put behind bars and is conspired to be murdered. How he succeeds in his mission, despite all this, forms the crux of the movie.
- Arjun Sarja as Abhimanyu
- Surveen Chawla as Nandhini
- Atul Mathur as Vikram Tagore
- Rahul Dev
- Charlotte Claire (Simran Kapoor) as Simran
- Yuvina Parthavi as Parvathi
- Brahmanandam as Ezhumalai
- Mayilsamy as Kulfi Gopalan
- Rudranil Ghosh as Colonel Sanjay Shrivashtav
- Manobala as Nandhini's father
- Vinaya Prasad as Nandhini's mother
- Shafi as Chandru, Parvathi's father
- Vaijanath Biradar as Parvathi's grandfather
- Yogi Babu as Private School Association Member
- Gowtham Sundararajan
- Bose Venkat
- Ravi Kale
- Gana Bala
- D. Sasikumar ("Melur" Sasi)
- Amit Kumar Tiwari
- Siva Narayanamoorthy
- Sampath Ram
- Scissor Manohar
The movie shoot was launched on 9 June 2013 in a grand manner in Mumbai and budgeted at 20 crores. Art director, Sasidhar, erected a huge set, resembling a jail at a cost of Rs 25 lakhs. A high octane action sequence was filmed in a former army facility in Bangkok.
All music composed by Arjun Janya.
|Kannada Track listing|
|1.||"Hriva Ninna Naguva"||Jayant Kaikini||Karthik, Saindhavi||4:00|
|2.||"Ivan Yaarivano"||K Kalyan||Karthik, Priya||4:01|
|3.||"Kathala Manayolage"||V Nagendra Prasad||L.N. Shastry, Rajesh Krishnan||5:13|
|4.||"Naguve Manasaara"||Arjun Sarja||Ravi Varma||1:20|
|Tamil Track listing|
|1.||"Ayya Padichavare"||Kaviperarasu Vairamuthu||Gana Bala, Rajesh Krishnan||5:14|
|2.||"Mazhaye Malarage"||Elakkiyan||Ravi Varma||1:20|
|3.||"Ivan Yaarivan"||Pa. Vijay||Karthik, Priya||4:02|
|4.||"Adada Nenjil Adada"||Pa. Vijay||Karthik, Saindhavi||4:00|
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The movie opened with moderate to mixed reviews from critics. The Hindu stated "Arjunin Jai Hind 2 is the kind of film about which you shrug and say, “Well, if you liked Jai Hind…”. If you have to watch a film about a one-man army, you could do worse than watch one with Arjun in it. He totally pulls it off". The Times of India gave 3 stars out of 5 and wrote, "For most parts, Arjunin Jai Hind 2 plays like a collage of various Arjun films...What's interesting, however, is that instead of telling his story as a straightforward narrative, Arjun presents it as events from the lives of different individuals who come into Abhimanyu's life...The problem with the film is that it tells a predictable story and in a rather longwinded manner". The New Indian Express wrote, "The film conveys a relevant message, but one that could have been better executed. The saving grace is Arjun who has penned the plot and screenplay, directed and produced the film. The actor tackles his role with cool intensity. His physique well toned, the action king is a delight to watch in the fights-stunt scenes as he packs a powerful punch at his tormentors. If only his screenplay had matched the lofty message". Rediff gave 2 stars out of 5 and wrote, "Unfortunately, Arjun fails as a director. Despite the good storyline, he struggles to keep the audience involved. The real issue seems lost in all the unnecessary twists and drama surrounding the characters. Patriotic action dramas have been his forte, but Jai Hind 2 neither creates empathy for the characters and their situation, nor has entertainment value". Behindwoods.com gave 1.75 stars out of 5 and wrote, "Jai Hind 2 travels on a very predictable path and the writing is quite disjointed. There is plenty of melodrama which gives the film a tonality of 80s...The theme of education for all is quite relevant at the time of ‘Right to Education', but had it been executed well, Jai Hind 2 would have worked well". Indiaglitz.com gave 2 out of 5 and wrote, "Keeping himself up with the pace, Arjun has delivered movies of social concern and importance, from time to time. This take on education is a much needed wake up call for the current scenario".
The Kannada version received more positive reviews. Bangalore Mirror wrote, "Abhimanyu may not be unique in how the story is told, but the idea is novel and is appealing enough". Indiaglitz.com gave 8 out of 10 and wrote, "Terrific action, tolerable narration, appealing in contents – Arjun Sarja in his first direction in Kannada has given a ‘Paisa Vasool’ cinema Abhimanyu". The New Indian Express wrote, "Abhimanyu is a taut action film with a strong social message. The subject would not have lost its grip if he was a little focussed on what exactly he wanted to say. However, Arjun has put enough effort into the film to make it a worthy one-time watch". Cinemalead rated a 2.5 out of 5 and wrote," Watchable for Arjun"
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