The protagonist is a top star in Tollywood.The director is a popular filmmaker in Kollywood. When they came together for Panjaa, the end product is stylish and glossy, but lacks the necessary punch one would normally associate with a gangster flick.
The main twist comes when Pawan Kalyan kills the villain's son. From there on, Panjaa takes us on a top-gear ride which ends with many surprises and some cliches. But before that, the film is slow, and fails to fit into the shoes of such an action packed premises.
It's Pawan Kalyan who acts as a one-man army, giving good company to director Vishuvardhan in executing things. Whenever he is on screen, there evoke fireworks. The actor is in his super form, one has to say.
If you are too curious to know the story, here goes it: Bhagavan (Jackie Shroff), who is a big don in Kolkata, heavily inspires Jai (Pawan Kalyan). Kulkarni (Atul Kulkarni) is Bhagavan's rival in the city.
Even as Jai falls in love with Sandhya (Sarah Jane), he is also a friend to Jahnavi (Anjali Lavania). Enters Bhagavan’s sadistic son Munna (Adivi Seshu), who lusts after Jahnavi. At one point of time, a dejected Munna kills Jhanavi which results in Jai killing him. Now Jai becomes the biggest enemy of Kulkarni. What follows is a game between the two and who wins at the end forms the climax, which comes with a poetic justice.
Pawan, sporting a new look, is apt fit for the role. The two heroines are beautiful, but we have nothing much to say about their performance. Jackie Shroff shows his experience on screen. So does Atul Kulkarni.
Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja, Vishnuvardhan's lucky mascot, is interesting. Cinematography by P S Vinod is good, while stunt scenes are the major attraction of the film.
All said, Vishnuvardhan has conceived a potent knot for his maiden venture in Tollywood, but missed out in scripting an interesting screenplay. But still, Panjaa can be liked by those who like intense movies.