Movie Review: Jai Ho

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It has been a bumpy comeback for Salman Khan with Jai Ho in the silver screen after a gap of 13 months. The masala-king entertainer has appeared this time for ‘being human’, as the film Jai Ho has a inherent social message for the viewers. To say something more than this, the movie can boast a bit for its crispy editing, brisk pace through the story and once again, a stellar performance by the ‘Sher’ of Bollywood. But on the other hand, the freshness quotient is low in the film with the plot getting repetitive for quite a while.

Cast: Salman Khan, Daisy Shah, Mohnish Behl, Danny Denzongpa, Tabu, Genelia D’Souza, Mahesh Manjrekar, Nadira Babbar, Ashmit Patel, Aditya Pancholi, Suniel Shetty, Varun Badola, Nauheed Cyrusi, Tulip Joshi

To brief the film, Jai (starred  by Khan) is an ex-Army ‘aam aadmi’ who believes in propagating the power of three. This idea of power of three may look quite interesting: Do some good for someone, and tell the deeds’ recipient to spread such word among three people without telling a “Thank You” back to him, and those three to another three more people, and in this way, it can be made to continue leading to a flurry of good works within a short time.

What ‘Jai Ho’ has, is the scattered quality of ‘not-so-good’ South remakes. And it doesn’t help the cause as Bhai’s love bird (Daisy Shah) is uninspiring, with her flexible waist being her only asset.

No doubt that Salman’s `Munnabhai’ could have been a better name of the film as the guy always wants to be a do-gooder, eradicating all evil from their very roots and thus not letting them a chance to reborn. But what we notice is an unimaginative gore-fest, mixed with some scattered bits and pieces as if the story has not been arranged properly. What tops the list is the horrible side-story of a physically challenged girl being subjected to exploitation. It’s more enough to make a grown man cry, which our hero does with this smooth caliber of having these things done. Thrice, only if you are still in the run of hoping to see the film.

Quite a lot of other inexplicable things happen which included Tabu showing up to play Salman’s sister. Suniel Shetty ( if anyone remembers him!) suddenly comes popping up and gives a little bit of patriotic lecture. Actually, he appears from nowhere playing an Armyman in a tank, and fatigues (don’t know how can an Armyman fatigue so much only to give that small lecture!) and vanishes. Solid actors such as Varun Badola and Nadira Babbar are also spotted giving their faces a try in the rear, as well as Mahesh M, Danny D and Mohnish B.

But Salman having a background of super human activities in the previous Dabanggs, `Jai Ho’ could have been a pure and simple `Dabangg 3’. But unfortunately, it’s not. Jai’s saying of the phrase ‘aam aadmi’ catches traction among the viewers (especially young ones) only for a moment but it dies down soon. And in the rest of the film, he goes on with his tradition of snarling and kicking and scowling.

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