Star Cast: Imran Abbas, Pernia Qureshi, Carl Wharton, Muzaffar Ali, Beena Kak, Dilip Tahil, Natalie Arikan
Director: Muzaffar Ali
Producer: Meera Ali
Claps For: Costumes, Production design, cinematography
Slaps For: Weak plot, songs, cliched dialogues
What's new: Pernia Qureshi who makes her debut with this film pulls off the dance moves with poetic grace.
Popcorn Refill: Anytime
Story: The inspired by true events' film begins with a voice over by Naseeruddin Shah who explains how the British decided to attack the culture and heritage of India to rule over it and create unrest among people in the name of religion.
Cut to 1876 and we are introduced to Raja Ameer Haider who as a kid is made to believe that his parents were loyal to the British and is then sent off to England to be raised there. Years later this dashing prince (Imran Abbas) returns back to his province of Awadh unaware that an ugly truth awaits for him there. He falls in love with a local courtesan Noor (Pernia Qureshi) who is also a revolutionary. Slowly in her company Ameer realizes that all this while, he saw his world with rose-tinted glasses when instead he was a mere puppet in the hands of the British.
However things change forever for the two lovers when they come face-to-face with their hidden past all connected to one man- Sir John Cavendish (Carl Wharton).
Performance: Imran Abbas is good in his role of Raja Ameer Haider and does justice to his written part. Pernia Qureshi fails to convey emotions and needs to work upon her acting skills. Beena Kak as Mushtari Jaan and Muzaffar Ali as Meer Mohsin Ali lend support to the film.
Direction: Muzaffar Ali who spun magic with the Rekha starrer 'Umrao Jaan' way back in 1981 fails to create yet another masterpiece. His latest offering 'Jaanisaar' has a glittering body but lacks the soul. The film's dialogues fail to strike a chord. However it has some moments of brilliant camera-work and rich production design coupled with lavish costumes.
Combo-on-Offer: Romance+ Patriotism+Period drama
Verdict: We give 'Jaanisaar' Slaps for the weak plot, unimpressive acting, cliched dialogues and forgetable music. You can definitely give this Muzaffar Ali film a miss and watch his 'Umrao Jaan' instead.