Genre: Action, Drama
Release Date: 07th September, 2023
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Nayanthara, Sanya Malhotra, Sunil Grover, Priyamani
Writer: Atlee Kumar
Director: Atlee Kumar
Producer/s: Gauri Khan
Star cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara, Sanya Malhotra, Priyamani, Sunil Grover, Deepika Padukone (in a cameo) and others
Producers: Gauri Khan & Gaurav Verma
Jawan Box Office Review: Pre-Release Buzz & Impression
The hiatus of 4 years has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Shah Rukh Khan and his fans, as the actor has made a comeback no one ever imagined in their wildest dreams. He went on to give Bollywood its first ever 1000 crore film on a global level with Pathaan, and after such tremendous success, expectations have been sky-high from Jawan.
The announcement teaser itself generated an epic buzz, and even though it came over a year before the film’s release, the hype remained intact. Promotional properties too, did their job, with the prevue experiment turning out to be a huge success. This time, Shah Rukh Khan tried a different route of maximizing the excitement by unveiling the trailer a week before the release. Many thought it would backfire, but instead, it gave the film the extra boost needed to set advance booking on fire.
Since Pathaan, Shah Rukh Khan has been avoiding media interviews, and it seems to be a perfect strategy as it keeps the air of excitement intact to see him directly on the big screen.
Looking at all these factors, it was clear that Jawan would take a superb start at the Indian box office.
Jawan Box Office Review: Initial Start, Positives & Negatives
As we reported earlier, Jawan registered a record advance booking for the opening day, surpassing Pathaan. So, it’s clear that the film will witness the biggest opening for a Bollywood film. Even over-the-counter ticket sales are impressive, resulting in superb occupancy in morning shows. Not to forget, there’s an added advantage of Dahi Handi’s partial holiday. All in all, the film is all set for a historic start at the Indian box office!
Talking about the positives of the film, the Shah Rukh Khan starrer is unanimously receiving favourable feedback from the viewers, and it isn’t restricted to just SRK fans as even neutrals are loving this commercial entertainer. While this biggie already had blockbuster written over it, such word-of-mouth is going to take the box office business sky-high. Another thing is that the film has acquired a solid screen count of around 5500 screens in India and as there’s no competition for the next three weeks, the biggie is set to create havoc. Being SRK’s massiest affair ever, there will be no discrimination, and the film will come out with all guns blazing in A, B and C centres.
There are no minus points of Jawan as such. However, for some, the major concern would be the length, as the film has a runtime of 2 hours and 50 minutes.
Jawan Box Office Review: Final Verdict
On the whole, Jawan is bigger and better than Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan in terms of box office. So, we’re all set to witness history being rewritten, and it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that the film will do business in the range of 600-625 crores net in India.
Shah Rukh Khan, take a bow!
Jawan Movie Review Rating:
Star Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupathi, Sanya Malhotra, Sunil Grover, Deepika Padukone
What’s Good: Anything and everything that has Shah Rukh Khan
What’s Bad: Anything and everything that doesn’t have Shah Rukh Khan
Loo Break: It’s almost 3 hours; you’ll have to take a minimum of 2 breaks, one natural occurrence & 1 more because it’s nearly 3 hours
Watch or Not?: Even if you don’t enjoy the typical commercial potboilers, watch this for Shah Rukh Khan!
Available On: Theatrical Release
Runtime: A lot! 2 hours 49 minutes
The mummy-form SRK, who shatters every last of his enemies, is seen asking, “Main Kaun Hoon?” (Who am I?) with the expression those actors have who are brought back to the shows after being in a Coma for months because of the high-payment demand. A kid promises him, “I’ll find out who you’re when I grow up!” adding to the typical Atlee drama.
Thirty years later, we’ve Vikram Rathore SRK, a police officer turned Robinhood. He’s doing everything the government should do to make things easier for the citizens. Now, is Vikram the same SRK we saw at the start? Or they’re different people? If they’re indeed different, who are they? That’s what the storyline is all about.
Jawan Movie Review: Script Analysis
Upon going through Atlee’s filmography, you’ll realise how there’s one massive commonality between all of them; it’s the way he makes films for a larger section of the audience. That’s one of the significant reasons Gadar 2 did so well; it was made for a section that comprised more than 70% of the theatres-going crowd in India. Atlee unabashedly has been doing the same thing since forever.
Jawan is designed so that when you start feeling it’s getting dragged, a ‘seeti-maar’ sequence will await you. You can see Shah Rukh Khan visibly enjoying while wearing all the different hats in the film. For some reason, Shah Rukh Khan takes a little excessive effort in dubbing for the Hindi version and comes across as a bit of ‘extra’ regarding voice-to-body movement. Yes, it’ll remind you of Aparichit, Gabbar Is Back, but this is better designed (than Gabbar…) to be a true-blue masala film.
Following Atlee’s direction pattern, you’d notice how he directs Multiple films in one film. His focus on fans-worshipping heroism is the most crucial thing, probably more important than the story and the screenplay. G. K. Vishnu’s cinematography excels in the action scenes, not in the slo-mo ones, but it’s again the ground action, the hand-combats that get the most detailed camerawork.
Jawan Movie Review: Star Performance
Shah Rukh Khan delivers probably his best performance when it comes to his stint in commercial cinema. Raees & Pathaan are good examples; this one adds a layer of portraying multiple characters, and SRK nails it yet again. Three of his characters leave a mark, and the rest just fuel the cluttery narrative.
Character-wise, Nayanthara gets a decisive role to play against Shah, but I wish it had more depth to cause some Influence on the storyline. She looks breathtaking in each and every frame she’s in. Vijay Sethupathi is a far superior actor than what he’s made to do here. He deserved better writing. From the supporting cast, Sanya Malhotra & Sunil Grover fail to leave any mark. Deepika Padukone, in her special cameo, looks oomphy in her 90s avatar donning some super-sensual sarees.