Rating: 0.5/5 Stars (Half Star)
Director: Kaizad Gustad
What’s Good: Skin show for shoddy audience. But no treats for cine lovers. Though the film’s music is praiseworthy.
What’s Bad: A contrived style of narration and the story which is best understood by Gustad only.
Loo break: Too many!
Watch or Not?: Kaizad Gustad’s Jackpot is best forgotten. With a team of really pathetic actors, the film won’t thrill or excite you. If there was one film which just wants to kill you by boring you to death, it would be this one. While the year has had really bad films, this one is the most sleep incurring one of the lot.
The film’s story is set in Goa and the plot line mostly revolves around the popular Casino boat – Jackpot. The story comprises of a young group of youngsters whose plan is to execute a perfectly pitched con game ala Las Vegas style. Trailing along with a master plan, the main players of this game are Maya (Sunny Leone) and Francis (Sachiin Joshi) who take on the Casino Owner Boss (Nasseruddin Shah) with their con antics.
The Boss holds a Poker Tournament at his casino and the prize money for it is 5 crores. The real game starts after the jackpot money goes missing and all three of them – Boss, Maya and Francis are after the amount.
So who gets the money finally?
Jackpot Review: Script Analysis
It is the most grievous form of morass Bollywood has come up with all year. The script is simple. Two teams running after winning Jackpot money. Had the writers used an inkling of imagination, the film could have been way more thrilling. But Gustad decided to remain passive in treating the story. To make a story centered around Jackpot money and thrills attached to it so insipid needs caliber.
I enjoy playing poker a lot. And though I understand that the film was laid out centered around poker, the fun factor associated with it is so starkly missing that it emerges as nothing short of a mess. Alas! Right from the outset, there is no novelty in the script. And then, they even keep you devoid of the basic fun that you go in expecting!
A distasteful and unintelligent film, it is the sheer lack of wit that aghasts me about it. I haven’t yawned so much for any film the recent times. Jhols and haath ki safais is just so tedious. Even when the climax unfolds, it is so freaking boring that you might decide to walk out of the theatres. Keep Calm!
Jackpot Review: Star Performances
Naseeruddin Shah can count this as one of his most strategic mistakes as an actor. It is actually a shockingly insincere performance as the actor fails to rise above the sham of the script.
Sachiin Joshi introduces the film and my first thought on it was what is amiss with the man’s dialogue delivery. Let’s just keep it to saying that he is pathetic!
Sunny Leone with her firang accent sticks to flaunting her perfect body and assets. She clearly doesn’t try to waste time in acting. though she was definitely better than the orgasm-gasping acting of Jism 2, the fact remains that the actress still can’t act.
Jackpot Review: Direction, Editing and Screenplay
Kaizad Gustad’s Boom was deemed to be a career ending stint. But Gustad surely has the determination in him to emerge out of it and inflict against scathing wounds on us with his trashy films. The director seriously needs to get himself enrolled in a film school to learn the art of smart and aesthetic film-making. To waste his time and ours by delivering duds like these repeatedly isn’t doing any good to anyone. He might not have any regard for his time and energy, but he should consider giving a moment of heed for his audiences. The director even decided to give screen play a miss as the film’s story was a bunch of shabbily shot scenes sewn together!
For the only plusses, the editing was brisk and well done. And the music was catchy. One particular track sung by Arijit Singh was magical.
Jackpot Review: The Last Word
Jackpot leaves you so exhausted by the end that you’ll be yawning uncontrollably. After films like this, I actually develop a soft corner for masala potboilers. Without an ounce of novelty, the film in my eyes committed the crime of wasting actors like Makarand Deshpande and Nasseruddin Shah. If there was a cinematic equivalent for sh*t, it would be called Jackpot.
Jackpot releases on 13th December, 2013.
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