Director Prem on the way to hit a hat trick (his earlier two - Kariya and Excuse Me are super hits) has not belied the expectations. The hype and hoopla generated by this film from the beginning is in tact and well served to the audience with mother and son sentiment at its peak. Already Gurukiran songs are splendid. The equally good photography and apt performance from Shivrajkumar and Arundhati Nag enhance the quality of the film.
The happily living son Madesha alias Jogi and mother Bhagyamma in a hut in Singanallur at Male Mahadeshwara Hill surroundings (Shivrjkumar and Arundhati Nag) get separated. The son comes to city looking for job to keep his mother happy. His power and guts accidentally give him the position of don. The work he is not interested further make him to accept the role of sheet anchor.
On other side the mother comes looking for son. She is lost in the big bad city but she gets shelter in the house of a reporter (Jennifer Kotwal). Both mother and son are looking for each other but missing very narrowly.
In total desperation mother dies in front of a temple. The beggars lift the body to graveyard. At this time come Jogi but he fails to have a look at the covered face and helps the orphan body lifters with money for cremation and he even bring flowers and puts on the body of his mother.
This point of time director Prem very cleverly plays with the sentiments. The audience would be feeling that the son is going to have a look at the body of his mother but till the body is moved to fire cabin Jogi is not aware of who it is. When his village friend arrives and explains the trauma he is shocked but it is too late. Jogi fails to see his mother again after he comes from his village.
A very well made action cum sentiment film is with marvelous tunes by Gurukiran. All the songs are fabulous. All the songs are very popular even before the release of this film. The 'Aptha Mithra' magic of music director Gurukiran is multifold here in 'Jogi'.
Shivrajkumar in the new get up and delivering the Kollegal-Mysore region Kannada diction is perfect. He proves again that he is the son of icon of Kannada cinema Dr.Rajkumar. Arundhati Nag with good expertise in such roles has been convincing. Jennifer Kotwal is a treat to watch especially in the song Ello Jogappa Ninna Aramane.
The screen stealer is cinematographer Seenu. The narration and dialogue by Prem is excellent.