Star Cast: Irrfan Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Atul Kulkarni, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Abhimanyu Singh, Siddhant Kapoor and Priya Banerjee.
Director: Sanjay Gupta.
Producer: Sanjay Gupta, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Nittin Keni, Akash Chawla, Anuradha Gupta, Sachin R. Joshi and Raina Sachin Joshi.
Claps for: Fast-paced and gripping Storyline along with a powerful climax, Crisp Editing, Dialogues, Performances, Cinematography and Direction.
Slaps for: Too much focus on Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and shades of yellow and green in almost every frame.
What’s New: Positive Ending, and Irrfan and Aishwarya’s off-beat romance.
Popcorn Refill: Strictly Interval
Story: Mumbai’s top lawyer Anuradha Verma(Aishwarya)’s daughter has been kidnapped. However, the kidnapper wants nothing else but a small favor from her- to fight the case of a rapist and set him free. What follows next is how she, along with her childhood friend and suspended police officer Yohan (Irrfan), manages to find out the truth behind the crime and get her daughter back.
Performances: Needless to say, it is Irrfan Khan’s presence and acting skills which make this movie worth watching amidst all the drama. He is at his usual best- the man with sharp brains, unexpressed love, daring charisma and witty dialogues! Right from his dialogue delivery to standing along with Ash and being her support, he truly comes across as the bigger hero in a film where the director is only trying to showcase his lead actress and her acting skills.
Shabana Azmi is such a delight to watch! She is terrific in her scenes as the mother whose daughter had been raped and killed. The rage and sadness in her eyes is enough to speak volumes about her character! Her act will make you look away from the gorgeous Aishwarya and notice what a brilliant performer she is.
After watching Jackie Shroff’s performance in ‘Brothers’, one can easily say that this role must have been a cakewalk for him!
Atul Kulkarni and Abhimanyu Singh have done a commendable job! On the other hand Siddhant Kapoor leaves an impact in the little role he has.
Chandan Roy Sanyal is back in form, playing his shady character with the same madness and wickedness with which he played Mikhail in ‘Kaminey’!
Priya Banerjee looks hot but very limited screen time stops her from proving her mettle.
And now the lady you had been waiting to hear about- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. She does a role she has never done before- the bold and courageous woman. She looks completely fake during the first few minutes while trying to act strong and deliver powerful dialogues. But as the story unfolds, we get to see the motherly-nature of hers along with the emotions and drama, and that is when she emerges as a good actress and says it out loud- I AM BACK! And why not? After all the director makes sure she gets all the attention. She makes sure to walks shoulder-to-shoulder with Irrfan.
Direction: Sanjay Gupta ensures that his ‘Jazbaa’ comes across as a stylish and intelligent one. Hats off to him for making it a fast-paced and compelling thriller which focuses more on the story and less on the romance between the lead actors or the item song! His style of narration is captivating, and he also makes sure that the audiences get their dose of drama and emotions.
The story revolves around a rape case and does highlight the issue; but Gupta doesn’t let it overcome the suspense. However, one cannot ignore the little flaws in the movie, some poor characterizations and how he must have filled Aishwarya’s eyes with glycerin for every second scene!
Also, the various shades of green and yellow in every frame are irritating. Too much of addition of colors in every scene spoils the fun.
Combo-On-Offer: Suspense + Thriller + Drama
Verdict: We give it CLAPS for being a compelling thriller, along with a powerful climax!