How to strangle a good plot

How to strangle a good plot

Jazbaa
Hindi (U/A),Cast: Shabana Azmi, Irrfan Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Atul Kulkarni, Jackie Shroff and Chandan Roy Sanyal
Director: Sanjay Gupta

Daughter of advocate Anuradha Verma (Aishwarya) gets kidnapped. She gets abductor’s calls, directions and also a client who is an expelled cop, Yohaan (Irrfan Khan). They are school friends. He takes interest in her daily life and helps her in her search for her kid.

The plot was apt for a comeback movie, so were the co-stars for Aishwarya, but reality in acting as well as direction has reached such a level in Hindi movies these days that desi execution of Korean noir Seven Days looked plastic!

It starts with a bleak effort to feed you a single mother’s life which even when is half-chewed in your mouth, the director stuffs it with a platter of unnecessary sizzlers. Well, this is director Sanjay Gupta’s way of introducing his characters.

The headless 70s’ courtroom returns with an undertrial in a prisoners’ uniform. Wow, our villain Niyaaz Shaikh (Chandan Roy Sanyal) otherwise dons jeans and colourful shirts in the lock-up.

Sheer waste of a gem-like Chandan who perhaps (why perhaps, am sure) would have glittered had it been a Dibakar Banerjee or an Anurag Kashyap movie. So was Atul Kulkarni.

Aishwarya looked plastic and her dialogue delivery to her expressions is completely made-up.

Talk about the music, and a sweet ghazal grips you, but just then a rap follows to spoil the entire mood. Screenplay is average.

The movie doesn’t deserve more than one and a half star out of five but the dialogues to the industry named Irrfan just pushed it to the next level.

The NGT-pleasing green theme and the surrealism in cinematography are sure to bug you till the end. Jackie Shroff is thoroughly convincing with his conniving moves but the person to watch this movie for is Shabana Azmi.

When a deep-water fish, like Irfan or Shabana, knows the level of pollution in water, it knows what it takes to survive. Watch it for them (if you do), just.

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