Press Esc to close

A would-be wish fulfilment...

Arkadev Ghoshal, Jan 25, 2014 DHNS 2:23 IST
Salman Khan and Daisy Shah in a scene fromthe film
Jai Ho
Hindi (U/A)
Director: Sohail Khan
Cast: Salman Khan, Daisy Shah, Danny Denzongpa, Tabu, Mohnish Bahl et al


A little explanation first. The scientific-journal-like “et al” at the end of the list of actors is a necessity, because the list of mentionable actors in Jai Ho is extremely long, and not everyone deserves a mention in this list because of acting.

As for not mentioning the so-called “heroine” of the film, Daisy Shah has little to do in the film, barring looking pretty, being the butt of a couple of jokes and singing some songs that induce headaches. Heck, even when the baddies come, they target the protagonist's sister (Tabu) instead of her!

Now for the story, what passes for it. While the credit officially goes to A R Murugadoss for Stalin, whose remake Jai Ho claims to be, here's a request to think a little further in the past. Imagine an ageing-yet-buff Haley Joel Osment in Pay it Forward, who has been “suspended” (we don't know if this means “court-martialled”) from the Army because he did not obey a senior’s orders.

This character (need we say who plays him?) promulgates the concept of helping three more people when someone does you a favour, gets involved in a conspiracy with corrupt politicians, corrupt cops, indifferent beneficiaries et al (yes, that again, because Jai Ho for quite a bit is a scientific study in bad filmmaking), and then “good” wins in the end. Oh, and frothing-at-the-mouth Salman fans can calm down, because he doesn't die at the end of the film, unlike the protagonist in Pay it Forward.
We could go much farther back with the concept of passing on favours to three more persons, up until a 1929 novel, but let’s stick to the bad songs, soggy dialogues, predicable plot twists and a desperate attempt to bilk sentiments, be it human emotions or fanaticism around Salman.

And let's not even get into how a handicapped girl, who jumps to her death face forward and causes a nasty blood spatter on the ground, manages to put her best face forward after that. Or what a tank is doing in a military operation undertaken to rescue children held hostage in a house. Save yourselves the trip to the theatre for this one.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
CPI(M) workers chant slogans at a protest rally outside BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday...

CPI(M) workers chant slogans at a protest rally outside BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday...

Woman teachers pose with Diwali greeting messages at a school in Moradabad on Tuesday...

Woman teachers pose with Diwali greeting messages at a school in Moradabad on Tuesday...

A girl buying decorative items in a market on the occasion of Dhanteras festival in Bhopal on ...

A girl buying decorative items in a market on the occasion of Dhanteras festival in Bhopal on ...

Vendors show lanterns to customers at a roadside market ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali in ...

Vendors show lanterns to customers at a roadside market ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali in ...

BJP National President Amit Shah and BJP Kerala state president Kummanam Rajasekharan wave to the ..

BJP National President Amit Shah and BJP Kerala state president Kummanam Rajasekharan wave to the ..

England Midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi(14) and Hinata Kida(6),Midfielder of Japan vie for the ball ..

England Midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi(14) and Hinata Kida(6),Midfielder of Japan vie for the ball ..

Actress and BJP MP Hema Malini along with her daughters Ahana and Esha cutting a cake to celebrate..

Actress and BJP MP Hema Malini along with her daughters Ahana and Esha cutting a cake to celebrate..

Union Minister for Defence, Nirmala Sitharaman with Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba and ..

Union Minister for Defence, Nirmala Sitharaman with Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba and ..

Kamaraj Congress (KKC) and Most Backward Communities Federation demonstrators lying on the road in..

Kamaraj Congress (KKC) and Most Backward Communities Federation demonstrators lying on the road in..

Rajesh Talwar arrives at his residence in Noida on Monday after he, along with his wife Nupur, was..

Rajesh Talwar arrives at his residence in Noida on Monday after he, along with his wife Nupur, was..

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.