Thursday, 8th October 11:40 AM IST
JAZBAA Is Entertaining Edge Of The Seat Thriller
1st half takes time to warm up, at times over-dramatic
Watch it for complete entertaining thriller element
Sanjay Gupta gave some god films like 'Aatish', 'Kaante' and 'Musaafir'. He is now back after many years with 'Jazbaa' which is remake of a Korean film 'Seven Days'. Film has evoked a lot of curiosity due to comeback of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Rishi Kapoor plays a Mr Bhalla, who runs a bakery in a hill station called Kasol. He is never seen to be baking anything. All he does is to yell and shout at his wife, and sonny boy Inder (played by Supriya Pathak and Abhishek Bachchan, respectively). Why? That’s a mystery.
Ms Pathak is to be found in an ‘ashram’, looking vacantly about. Abhishek switches locations from a Bangkok poolside with bikinied babes to the winding roads of Kasol, where he encounters college-mate Nimmi (Asin, colourless) who has feelings for him. Why anyone would have a tender spot for someone as indifferent as Inder is an even bigger mystery.
Up pops a long-haired goon called Cheema who’s only job is to twirl a gun, and threaten people. Why the talented Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub took on this thankless part is a … yes, you got that. It’s a puzzle.
Plot? Non-existent. The jokes? Screamingly unfunny. Rishi Kapoor doing ‘su-su’, singing ‘aiyi-aiyi-aiyi’? Groan. When will grown men wanting to urinate stop becoming an acceptable gag in Bollywood? Can someone solve this? It’s always good to see Supriya Pathak, but when will someone come up with a substantial part for her?
Film has well known but interesting plot. The film kicks off with depiction of famous lawyer Anuradha Gupta (Aishwarya Rai). She has booming law firm and she does not hesitate while fighting for criminals too if she is paid well. She has daughter Sanaya and one day in middle of school function, her daughter gets kidnapped by a mysterious person. Yoohan (Irrfan Khan) is a corrupt cop and old friend of Anuradha. He is facing suspension from service due to corruption charges and he requests Anuradha to fight for him. On the other hand, Anuradha gets the call from kidnapper that she has to fight for Niyaz (Chandan Roy Sanyal) who was convicted for rape and murder of a young girl. Niyaz is a drug peddler and has done such crime earlier too. Gayatri (Shabaana Azmi) is looking for justice for her daughter who was raped and murdered by Niyaz. How Anuradha takes up the case of Niyaz and whether he gets him out of court and still manages to save her daughter and who is the kidnapper forms the climax of the film.
Performance wise Irrfan Khan is simply outstanding as he looks intense as well as shows his funny side with one killer one liner after other. Aishwarya Rai is fantastic in this difficult but superrbly played role, Chandan Roy Sanyal once delivers an honest act, Siddhant Kapoor is decent and Jackie Shroff is average in brief role. Abhimanyu Singh hams real badly. But the scene stealer and surprise element of the film is Shabaana Azmi who is simply class apart in such understated yet powerful role.
Film has excellent screenplay as it never really falters except few minutes in 1st half so all the praise for Robin Bhatt and Sanjay Gupta. Film has razor sharp editing which always been a trademark of Sanjay Gupta film. Music is average as there was not much scope for it in the film. Cinematography is good and production design is perfect. Background score deserves special mention. But Kamlesh Pandey as dialogue writer should get all the credit for lifting the film few notches. Sample these -
'Mohaabat thi isi liye jaane diya, zid hoti to meri baahon mein hoti'
'Sharafat ki duniya ka kissa hi khatam, ab jaisi duniya waise hum'
Director Sanjay Gupta treats this very difficult film with lot of maturity and delivers a gripping thriller. What is even more commendable about the film is the fast pace treatment and entertaining performances.
Film will release tomorrow and it will get good to very good reviews but it will face competition from 'The Walk', 'Rudramdevi' and 'Talwar'. Though it will not film in a big way but it should have good run at box office riding on good word of mouth.
Go for this one if thrillers are your cup of tea!