Jai Ho Review
Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three stars)
Director: Sohail Khan
What’s Good: Salman Khan and his ground smashing, perfectly done, action scenes. For a change, the actor has to himself, a story that has its heart in the right place.
What’s Bad: The constant plodding lecture alludes us from the intended magic of the film. Not to mention, the simplistic vein of affairs is appalling to say the least. Daisy Shah is a terrible case of incorrect casting.
Loo break: Some for sure
Watch or Not?: When it’s a grand Salman Khan affair, critics’ opinions are just trash talk from a bunch of envious buffoons who can’t digest the man’s success. But since I’m entrusted with the task of critiquing it, here I go. Sohail Khan’s Jai Ho is a nobly conceived product that disintegrates into a regular Salman Khan affair ala Dabangg with high octane action and irreverent dialogues. It’s bewildering to witness all the Gandhian sermons in a masala fillum but the novelty loses itself in the repetitive-ness of its plot. Finally, the film fails to ennoble itself beyond what the contours of the script holds for it. Lacking the quirky fun of Dabangg or Ek Tha Tiger, Jai Ho simply furthers Salman’s Being Human status. However, it still scores over all of Salman’s works put together for its ability to translate the common man’s simmering anger into a Utopian and satisfying climax. A definite not-miss!
A formerly decorated Army officer Jai Agnihotri (Salman Khan) is now leading the life of a common man. Employed as a mechanic in a garage, he still cannot withstand the social evils which are going viral around us. Raising his voice against the wrong doers lands him and his family in stick troubles.
Despite repeated attempts to stay off trouble for the sake of his lady love (Daisy Shah), he cannot ignore the chain of things and ends up pitted opposite the evil Home Minister Dasharath Singh (Danny).
Whether Jai manages to get his noble hearted intentions to trigger further or loses to Singh is what the story tracks down.
Jai Ho Review: Script Analysis
Salman’s movies are never about the script but about how well the scheme of things help in using the actor’s star power. But to its credit Jai Ho has an efficient story to itself. What falls limp is the frail execution of the film.
The film’s story comes without excessive baggage of intelligence and is kept simplistic in its vein. An army officer who underwent court martial after a failed terrorist operation becomes a car mechanic. The chain of affairs are webbed with such plainness that it all seems too easy for one. The concept of never wasting yourself saying thank yous rather help three other people, is both unreal and wishful. But atleast the film attempts to infuse some potent messages amidst the thrashing and action.
No one watches Salman’s films for exhilarating acting or story. We understand the limitations of the genre he has established but definitely the scripts he chooses have an intrinsic element of relatability.
On the grey side, the film repeats the moral value lessons so frequently that they turn tedious. The incredible hulk of a protagonist is intense and convincing only in the action bits, but the romance factor should have been done away with for good.
The growling lead man is hilarious and will crack you up more than getting your respect. It’s low on IQ, extremely lame and I can point out ten other well-based problems but the goose bumps I got every time Salman stood up for the wrongs against people ,negates every glitch in the film.
Jai Ho Review: Star Performances
Salman Khan is not Dabangg but he is light years better synced in the role than even Dabangg. He is earnest in his role and though there was hardly any scope for him to have fun, he is deliciously indulgent.
Daisy Shah isn’t exactly in her most impressive avatar.
Tabu is sincere but has very little to do in the film. Pulkit Samrat and Mohnish Bahl were noticeable in their roles. And Danny was great as well.
Jai Ho Review: Direction, Editing and Screenplay
Sohail Khan attempts to create a positive jingoism of warmth and goodness. But the director fails to fabricate the genuineness as it doesn’t emerge out the required intensity due to the over enthusiasm of its screenplay The preaching is overdone and had it not been for Salman Khan the film would have been entirely unwatchable.
The romance scenes were half baked and did not have the expected fluff. Often the film’s screenplay inflicts severe wounds on the intelligence of the audiences but when there is such unbelievable thunderous action to get mesmerized by, why waste time picking out logic lapses in the film. If you were looking for logic, Dedh Ishqiya would have been a super-hit. Especially, in the climax scene, when an army tanker guns down people who come to kill Jai, if you manage to find logic then hats off to you!
The brisk editing works fine as the film remains fast paced and doesn’t fall slack too much. The music is unbearable.
Jai Ho Review: The Last Word
Jai Ho is fascinating in parts and fumbles in the rest. Salman Khan and his convincing rendering is what makes this film work for me. The most interesting thing that comes out of it is the message that it isn’t very hard being Human. Jai Ho might have overdone it but the message is memorable. For Salman and his heart felt and endearing attempt, the film manages to slip out with 3 stars from me. Too many glitches but the goodness negates it.
Jai Ho Trailer
Jai Ho releases on 24th January, 2014.
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