Film Review: Jai Ho

By Sayantan Dalal

Film: Jai Ho

Rating: ***1/2

Director: Sohail Khan

Starring: Salman Khan, Tabu, Daisy Shah, Danny Dengzongpa, Sana Khan, Naman Jain

What is it about:

A former army officer, Jai Agnihotri (Salman Khan) goes about playing his part as the neighbourhood good samaritan. When he's not overseeing cars being repaired at his garage or spending time with his sister Riya (Tabu) and nephew Kabir (Naman Jain), he writes exams for a handicapped student, reunites young parent with their lost child, and punches heads of stalkers. He invites the wrath of a politician Dasarath Singh (Danny Denzonpa) when he beats his son-in-law (Mukul Dev) in his party office. Destroying Jai and his family becomes the sole aim of Dasarath.

What's hot:

If you are a fan of Salman and his action stunts it can’t get better and bigger than Jai Ho, but the film opens and ends with blood curdling violence. Prepare your eyes for popping in the face of such turbocharged action sequences. Salman's fanboys will be thrilled with all the carnage and presumably will forgive the puffed-up storyline and regrettable lack of characterization.

But unlike Salman's previous action flicks, this one comes with a social message inspired from the Hollywood film, Pay It Forward. All in all Jai Ho manages to strike a chord and is a complete entertainer.

Going by the film's message of helping three people, Salman has outdone himself by giving the opportunity to not three but so many loyalists of his, to be a part of the film. From Pulkit Samrat, to Ashmit Patel, Bruna Abdullah, Suniel Shetty, Mahesh Manjrekar, Yash Tonk and...ok I have lost count now. The list just seems endless and never ending.

Salman does what he is born to do and does it with much panache. And to add to that we even get to see a glimpse of his inner lion snarling away and even biting all thugs that even dare to come his way.

Daisy Shah gives a good performance and shows off some flawless dance moves on her debut. Unlike her predecessors launched by Salman, Daisy can act and emote, not surprising since she is a choreographer/dancer. Salman and Daisy as a couple look quite nice and works for the film.

The film also has good humour punches here and there which holds the film together.

What's not:

The social message, spelled out over and over in voice-overs and dialogues in case the action is too subtle, might come across a little tedious.

I get it Bollywood films need songs, but not so many and so randomly, doesn’t work for the film.

What to do:

Must watch it if you're a hard-core Salman fan.

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