Movie Review: Jai Ho
Guys and girls, bhaiyon aur beheno and all fans of Salman Khan, it is probably a good idea to practise your whistling and dancing in the aisles skill to the hilt. You just might need it when you watch the much-awaited Jai Ho. It is every bit a Salman movie and chances are you might love it. Yes, it is not a perfect film. But director Sohail Khan pulverizes all that with his brand of playing to the gallery tricks. This time, it is justice Sallu-style, but no one is complaining.
Director: Sohail Khan
Actors: Salman Khan, Tabu, Daisy Shah, Danny Dengzongpa, Nadira Babbar, Mohnish Behl. Mahesh Manjrekar and Pulkit Samrat
Music: Sajid Wajid, Devi Sri Prasad and Amal Malik
Lyrics: Sameer Anjan, Kausar Munir, Shabbir Ahmed,, Sajid, Irfan Kamal, Danish Sabri and Arman Malik
The plot is very simple but tad bit better than quite a few Salman films that we’ve seen in recent times. Salman Khan is Jai Agnihotri, an army officer this time. The highly-decorated officer was dismissed because he disobeyed orders and instead rescued children held hostage by terrorists. He becomes a garage owner and tries to be the good guy everyone turns to for any help. His funda is simple – instead of saying thanks for the help you get, help others in need and tell them to pass this message further. But certain episodes change things. A handicapped girl commits suicide because her brother could not come in time to help her in her exams, since the road was barricaded for the Home Minister’s daughter Kavita Singh Patil (Sana Khan). Then there’s another instance of a beggar girl being ill-treated. He feels certain things are happening to him so that he becomes the harbinger for change in the society. In this process, he crosses path with Home Minister Dasharath Singh Patil (Danny Dengzonpa) and his brood which includes a boxer-cum-dunce of a son and equally useless son-in-law (Mukul Dev). We wish Patil had ditched his useless brood and adopted Jai. Kitna kalyan hota. Meanwhile Salman bana pseudo-Sunny Deol and goes after Patil. Rest, you deduce.
This Salman Khan movie is a masala entertainer. You clap, whistle, hoot while watching and think the money you spent on buying the popcorn and samosa was worth it. And you are relieved that the film is a no-brainer, in some sense. Yes, you see how we are blind towards certain things and should be a part of change. But you feel like the moral science class went for a walk and became a film. It is too naïve. The second half sees the film spiralling towards a hilarious climax. The Home Minister dares to make an attempt to murder the Chief Minister and blames Jai for it. See any logic or sense? An army tank comes in the middle of the road to save Jai. Such digressions mar your fun time, though not totally.
Sohail and Salman probably were on a trip to accommodate the whole lot of has-been or small-time actors in the film. Truckloads of such actors make an appearance and you suddenly realise that Salman acts so well. The three actors who brighten the screen would be Danny Dengzonpa as the evil Home Minister Dasharath Singh Patil, Tabu as the supportive sister Riya and Nadira Babbar as Salman’s funny mother. Oh yes, you will love to hate the otherwise talented child actor Naman Jain, last seen in Chillar Party and Bombay Talkies. The less said about the lead actress Daisy Shah, the better. Such a waste of a pretty face!
Sohail Khan, who takes the story from the Telugu film Stalin, does a decent job of reducing the OTT South traces, but don’t expect it to be a Dabangg. He gets some masaledar help in the music department, with Photocopy being the song of the season. You really don’t want to talk about the rest of the technicalities because there is nothing to talk about. Oh yes, the action does excite you a tad bit.
For a true Salman Khan fan, Jai Ho would be the paisa-vasool film to start the year. But it is not a Wanted or Dabangg. Go and just chill, while the Bhai fans party around you in the theater hall. Bhai wah!
P.S: A shirtless Salman Khan at the end will make you go all Anil Kapoor and say jhakaaas.