‘DJ Tillu’ hit the cinemas today (February 12). Produced by Sithara Entertainments and Fortune Four Cinemas, the film is a crime comedy entertainer.
Tillu is a small-time Hyderabadi DJ who performs at low-budget events. He runs into Radhika, a pub singer, and falls in love with her. His wooing is successful but soon, he stumbles upon the fact that Radhika has been into something murky. The rest of the story is about what Radhika is doing behind the curtains, how Tillu deals with the mess in his life, and whether the duo has a happy ending.
Siddhu Jonnalagadda is a fast-evolving actor and to that extent, he is in the same league as Vishwak Sen and Kiran Abbavaram. His Hyderabadi slang is a killer in this movie. The actor is coming into his own and comedy is his core strength as far as this film is concerned. His chemistry with Neha Shetty is an asset.
Neha Shetty, who was last year seen in ‘Gully Rowdy’, is an understated performer. She will go a long way. Brahmaji, who recently entertained in a parodic role in the Sankranthi release ‘Hero’, is enjoyable. Prince gets a fleshed-out role. Pragathi, Narra Srinivas, Fish Venkat and Kireeti Daramaru are all good.
‘Pataas Pilla’, composed by Sricharan Pakala, is an underrated song. Anirudh Ravichander has sung the song with a touch of rare spark. ‘Tillu Anna DJ Pedithe’, composed by Ram Miriyala, is superb.
The film’s background music doesn’t dominate the quirky scenes. Sai Prakash Ummadisingu’s cinematographer is a major plus. Navin Nooli’s editing is adequate.
Writers Siddhu Jonnalagadda and Vimal Krishna (also the film’s director) work on a not-so-fabulous storyline. ‘DJ Tillu’ plays to its strengths despite a weak storyline.
The strengths are there for all to see: Siddhu’s slapstick and exaggerated performance is its biggest merit. He is verbose and talks endlessly. We don’t want to complain because his nature reminds us of Naveen Polishetty’s character from ‘Jathi Ratnalu’. The first half is staged in a flawless manner.
The characters that enter the screens every half an hour or so remind us of the template followed by many crime comedies. But ‘DJ Tillu’ goes beyond lazy ideas and beefs up its content with rib-tickling comedy scenes.
The second half is where the pace slackens. But if you can forgive a couple of dull stretches, you will derive satisfaction. The hospital episode, the court episode and the finale are well-written. Prince and Brahmaji are placed in the context of situational comedy.
If there is one crazy comedy that you want to catch in theatres, make sure that it’s ‘DJ Tillu’.