Rich Content But Wrong Choice of Aishwarya has hampered the film
This Friday, we have a solo release called Jazbaa, which is written, directed and produced by Sanjay Gupta under the banner of White Feather Films Viiking Media & Entertainment. The film gives the comeback of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan after her five year maternity leave who plays the female lead in it, while Irrfan Khan and Shabana Azmi are seen in supporting roles. The film is based on a South Korean movie called Seven Days, which also has slew of other actors like Jackie Shroff, Atul Kulkarni and Chandal Roy Sanyal. The film is thriller drama, based on the blackmail and kidnapping at the centre, with other issues surrounding. Now, let’s dig in deep to get the gist of the movie.
Meet Anuradha Varma a reputed criminal lawyer from Bombay High Court played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Amidst when she is enjoying the zenith of success in her law career and divorce from her husband, she gets a call from a high profile person wanting a man acquitted from the charges of murder and rape giving her just four days to make this man walk free at the cost of her pre teen daughter Sanaya who is kidnapped by this man. With little choice in her hand, she takes up the case to save her missing daughter and this follows loads of moral and social dilemma in between the tough lawyer and the hapless mother. Irrfan Khan plays the investigating officer called Inspector Yohan who though is suspended from the department but helps her to catch the criminal to get her daughter back. So, what happens at the end is interesting to check while you catch the film.
As said the story is based on one of the Korean film, hence the filmmaker has not much to take credit for the good content the film has. The film‘s narrative has both power and pace. Right from the number of screaming car sequences to highly emotive showdowns sound in between the lead cast, the movie simply throbs, which certainly do not predict that Jazbaa is flawless. In terms of originality and ideas, the film has completely relied on the original Korean movie, thus to expect something is really disappointing. Most of the time, if you check the film, you find the lead character running from pillar to post, with confusion at the backdrop and the centre oozing out the entertainment value, it should have carried. Alas, the film is pitted with too many flaws, which are tough to digest when we have Sanjay Gupta playing the part of the filmmaker. Well, he enjoys his age old plots in the same screenplays and backgrounds.
Before we analyse the performance of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the lead role, it is important to understand this role clearly. Well, the role of a lawyer who is forced to take up a case to free a ferocious criminal who is behind the bars for rape and murder charges as someone wanting him to see free has the daughter of this lawyer. Now, she is a dilemma in choosing the role of a mother or a lawyer who listen to the conscience to follow the truth, however, she chooses to free the criminal to get her daughter back. One can understand the kind of emotions has to be showcased while playing the character. On the face of it, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan though is seen showcasing the gamut of emotions, however, the intensity of the emotions, which are required to create the kind of impact the film demands from her, is missing. May be the maternity break she took for five years seems wrecking up the scene.
However, the one who impresses with his incredible performance is Irrfan Khan, with his stellar acting skills and huge amount of dexterity. That’s been the epitome of this acting, which he has been showcasing in every film he does. In fact, of late, his performance in a role of a cop seems suiting him the most, which he has done in a number of films including this one. Shabana Azmi playing the role of a mother is simply flawless, she is among the skilled and experienced actress, who has come a long way in giving such stellar performances earlier as well. But frankly Aishwarya though has the glam factor a bit despite the age of 41, but the expected performance on the silver screen seems missing.
Screenplay, Music, Cinematography & Technical Stuff
On the face of it, the film seems to be of the seventies and eighties with dim light all around while it has to be more emphatic and vivid at least in perspective of the plot of the film. The screenplay, music and editing went a bit better yet these doesn’t really seem to make much difference. Talking about the cinematography and editing, these seemed losing some ends at various junctures, giving a shabby picture at the end. The music seems okay with few sequences showcasing the glamour elements of Aish but the chemistry she shares with Irrfan Khan doesn’t seems to suit.
Jazbaa- The Last Word
Though the film and its content has much to deliver, however, the director seemed failing in doing the needful. May be the director was too tied up to focus more on the film rather than the other elements, which helped the film to diminish. The film is all about hype and hyperboles, which we all have been hearing a lot. The fact is it is nothing but an attempt to give a solid start to the comeback of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. However, Jazbaa seems to be a failed attempt in this regard, however, in terms of other people like Irrfan Khan and Shabana Azmi, Jazbaa is a power packed movie with incredible climax.