Release Date: October 9, 2015
Cast:Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Irrfan, Shabana Azmi, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Jackie Shroff
Duration: 2 hours 3 minutes
The world of a top criminal lawyer, Anuradha Varma (Aiswarya), comes crashing around her when her daughter is kidnapped. Being a doting mother, a ransom demand would have been manageable, but the kidnapper has a more sinister motive, that of getting a criminal released who is charged with rape and murder. And that’s not all; the plot carries even a bigger hidden agenda, which is revealed towards the end, making way for an exciting climax.
Based on the Korean thriller ‘Seven Days’, Jazbaa is supposed to be a comeback movie for Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who has done well to portray the high profile criminal lawyer. However, when it comes to her performance in various scenes, they appear a bit rusty, and often come out to be overly hysterical and melodramatic. May be she tried to give it her everything in her comeback movie, and ended up overdoing it. Or it may also be that she needed better directorial skills.
Irrfan, who plays a decorated but suspended police Inspector Yohan, is good as always. However, as opposed to his usual characterization in real life scenarios, this time he gets to chase the bad guys and throw around some punches as well, which appears a bit heavy on his usual composed demeanour. Moreover, dialogues by Kamlesh Pandey do excite but do not seem to surprise the audience. Dialogues like “Mohabbat hai is liye jaane de raha hoon, zidd hoti toh baahon mein hoti” do create a buzz, but also give a sense that something’s lacking.
Director Sanjay Gupta, who has delivered good thrillers in the past like Kaante, Zinda, etc., has tried his best to create a steady pace of intrigue. However, the plots appear to be different this time and do not fit in properly with the flamboyant template that Sanjay utilizes and is known for in the industry
The game changer for the film is probably its climax, as it is quite interesting and unique. Being Aiswarya’s comeback movie, it may also appeal to her fans.