Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is back after five years on the big screen with Sanjay Gupta’s Jazbaa. The actress, who is mostly seen in glamorous roles, was seen in the trailer in a never-seen-before avatar. The movie is directed by Sanjay Gupta, who has given us some amazing thrillers in the past. So, does Jazbaa stand out? Does it give Aishwarya Rai Bachchan a perfect comeback? Let’s find out.
The movie is about Anuradha Verma (Aishwarya), a successful lawyer, who opts to take up cases of guilty people and help them go scot-free. She does this because innocent people are not able to pay her fees. One day, her daughter gets kidnapped and she gets a call from an unknown person who tells her to fight the case of a rape and murder convict. And of course she agrees. Then starts the journey of twists and turns as Ash’s character tries to unravel the case and this forms the remaining story.
The movie is the official remake of a South Korean film titled Seven Days. However, the screenplay of Jazbaa is written by Sanjay Gupta and Robin Bhatt. Both Gupta and Bhatt come up with an excellent screenplay that keeps you hooked throughout the film. Usually, every film talks about how the cops struggle to investigate a case; but in this movie, they also showcase how a lawyer needs to struggle to untangle the tight knots in a case. There are hardly any faults in the screenplay. But, I am a bit disappointed with a few things, especially the climax. There is a sequence which indicates that the movie has ended. That scene is powerful as Ash mouths a great dialogue. But, after that there is a sequence in which they try to show the chemistry between Ash and Irrfan. Believe us, that sequence ruins the take-home feel after the film. I really wish that the scene was edited out. One more thing… there are a few scenes which will remind you of Rani Mukerji starrer Mardaani as the scenes are quite similar to what we saw in the YRF film last year.
Jazbaa is Sanjay Gupta’s first thriller which has a female hero. But, the director narrates it in the same manner, the way he did his previous films. He successfully gets the thriller element as well as the emotional quotient in the movie. Some films are made with a heart and Sanjay Gupta gets that heart perfectly in the narration of the film. His direction impresses us a lot and it keeps us on the edge of the seat to know what’s next. Kamlesh Pandey’s dialogues are praise-worthy. They are interesting and don’t bore us at all. Sameer Arya’s cinematography is top notch. He showcases Mumbai like never before. Editing done by Bunty Nagi is sharp and crisp.
Well, it’s an Aishwarya Rai Bachchan comeback, but the show stealer is veteran actress Shabana Azmi. Azmi doesn’t need to prove her acting talent. She has been in the industry since more than four decades and experience speaks a lot. Just one thing we won’t be surprised if Shabana Azmi takes all the supporting actress awards next year. We have seen Aishwarya mostly in glamorous roles. But, for her comeback, the actress chose a hard-hitting role. Well, after I watched the trailer of Jazbaa, I felt that the actress is going a bit overboard. But, when I saw the movie in a flow, it automatically changed my opinion. Truly, Ash is back with a bang. Her acting in the flick is fabulous, and the pre-interval sequence almost got tears in my eyes. She is just mind-blowing in the emotional scenes and also manages to impress in hard-hitting sequences. Irrfan is fantastic as always and his one-liners keep us entertained throughout. Chandan Roy Sanyal is amazing as the psycho killer. Jackie Shroff and Siddhanth Kapoor are good in their brief roles.
The music of the film is good, but doesn’t really help the film. The background score is a winner and gels fantastically with the film’s thriller feel.
Jazbaa Movie Review Final Verdict:
Overall, Jazbaa is one of those rare films which perfectly blends emotions with thrill and serves an amazing movie time experience.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is back after five years on the big screen with Sanjay Gupta’s Jazbaa. The actress, who is mostly seen in glamorous roles, was ...4.0