The Pinkvilla Movie Review - Jazbaa

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When the popular channel Star One premiered, a popular show called Siddhant was a hit with the audience. The story of a lawyer with a 100% track order has always made for an interesting drama. Sanjay Gupta's Jazbaa borrows its germ from the Korean flick Seven Days but could've taken a cue from the skillfully executed television soap mentioned above. The only and probably the biggest flaw with Jazbaa is its weak screenplay that displays the weakness of its writers and their inability to mould the top notch story with their novel touch. The story is powerful - a sharp, dyanamic lawyer who fights cases for money is fighting for family as a mother against another mother whose daughter was brutally defiled. While watching Jazbaa, on one hand you'll be overcome with the urge to root for its characters and on the other, you'll be too distracted by the discrepancies in the plotline. You can't watch this film without feeling guilty and we can be accused of enjoying this faulty yet fantastic entertainer. It is underwhelming in parts and absolutely enthralling in others.

All that is good about the film can hardly be credited to the captain of the ship, who fails to polish his film adequately. Gupta is unnecessarily descriptive where it is not needed, straight plunges for over-the-top and superfluous drama and his penchant for dialoguebaazi makes the film meander too much. Such films are better played subtle, an art Gupta clearly has no idea about. It is painfully green in colour and though cinematographer Sameer Arya's slick job at the camera is unmissable, the film is over stylised for the story it intends to tell, compromising on the soul.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has chosen her comeback film well. This isn't a vanity project for her and she adopts her challenging part with such gravitas, well for a large part, that it is hard to believe the actress is emerging fresh from a five-year long hiatus. The best part about Jazbaa is the undefined chemistry between Aishwarya and Irrfan. The latter lights up the frame as the cop who wear swagger on his sleeve. The two have an unstated bond which is such a refreshing change in a Sanjay Gupta film, that mostly has a tendency of creating things that are far too on-the-face. Their dependency on each other is beautifully created and amidst all the preaching and the heavy duty punch lines, the director conjures up something pleasantly surprising.

The film's first hour crawls and it takes a lot of patience to sit through the gimmicky display of antics which in Gupta's world stands for acting. Aishwarya's Anuradha is infallible as the advocate who makes winning cases look like a cakewalk. Irrfan's Yohaan is desi-filmy hero whose only job was to slap audiences with dialogues. At one point, the wisecracks kill. But once, you return with your popcorn tub reloaded, ready to brave more of Kamlesh Pandey's whipping punchlines, the film miraculously changes. Aishwarya who till then seemed unsure of the landscape she was working around, adapts for better. Her altercations with Shabana Azmi is such treat to watch and even the court-scenes with Atul Kulkarni are absolutely delightful. In the last 30 minutes or so, the film's tempo rises with the sharp and enticing twists raising the energy and knotting up the drama in a gritty climax.

There is intrigue, power and panache in the film but the melodrama often dulls the ups. While its primary cast is excellent, the writers have been sketchy in contouring their characters who are too superficial and lack depth. For instance, Ash sports red eyes all through the film which is apparently a show of her anguish and pain and yet, the perfect mascara is never overstepping the mark. When she spots her daughter in the never-ending bridge sequence, Ash is made to ham. She is abhorrently loud and knowing Ash's body of work, it is evident that the actor merely played out Gupta's directive. Her slow-mo runs and unbearable songs, too contribute in running down the film's zing. Chandan Roy Sanyal, Jackie Shroff and Siddhanth Kapoor are just wasted in the film that could've done well without them lurking in when least required.

Jazbaa is daring, menacing, intriguing and aptly gripping but is never more than a shadow of its original. Novelty is avoidable if the product is able to latch itself to your subconscious (My facourite example of this is Barfi), but Jazbaa barely scrapes through on those grounds. It works but it could've been so much better. 

Had Irrfan not ended the film with the regressive "Mohabbat thi isliye jaane diya...zid hoti toh baahon mein hoti…”, we could’ve considered being kinder. Hoots aside, get some perspective commercial cinema!

We rate the film a judicious 60% on the Pinkvilla movie meter. 

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the movie is doing good business slowly & steadily... bcoz of the good review & praise by movie goers...

Ok had no expectations from the film, but the film shocked me as much as the ash's acting looks bad in the trailer it look equally amazing when you watch the film within the context SURPRISING! And the climax stunned me!

wow..a single person below has tried very hard to make Jazbaa sound like a great movie and Aishwarya a good actress.

this movie is so so awesome
go n watch

wow the last 40 or so comments are from the same person ... thats a lot of effort n dedication, bravo

hahah true that

Will download soon

#1 Post.

Red eyed Aishwarya in a green movie. Original Korean movie did not do good to the comeback of that Korean actress on screen either. Guardian gave good review. Western press loves Aishwarya so don't believe them.

I liked the court room scene

Amazing performance by Aishwarya.. film is taut, fast paced and hard hitting. 4/5

Good movie.. One has to see it to know it..

never seen before emotional side of ash

I missed ash so much

Jazbaa shines

suspense unravels

High octane drama

Go & Watch

THRILLING

Thanks Ash for doing this film for women

love love love ash

Epic woman empowerment film

Great revenge movie

ash gives everything to the charachter

I want to be Ash

electrifying performance by ash

ash's closeups in all frames was to die for

ash was stunning gorgeous in every scene

thought provoking film

True Grit of women

Ash's steely grit showed through

Ash Irfaan chemistry so fresh and real

want more movies with Ash Shobana

powerfull courtroom scenes

there is a craze for ash no one else has or will have

climax bowled me over

living legend on screen

want ash to do another vogue cover

shows the strength of women

Ash Power

ASH ASH ASH ASH ASH

take all the women u know to watch this

ash shobana power couple

a dream cast

Dream Team

WOMAN POWER

So Delightfull

people genuinely loved jazbaa

bring it on ash

love it love it love it

woo hoo so happy for her

hoping mickey does ash's makeup and hair for sarabjit

woman of substance

emotional showcase for all

Spellbinding ash

binding story

splendid performances by all

edge of your seat thriller

Aish tried really hard to copy what Rani did in Mardaani, but she failed spectacularly!

no one us mire elegant on screen than ash

loved what ash wore

outstanding look for her charachter

irfaan and ash had subtle romance

she actually lit up the screen

ash was ace

Ash is here to stay

ADHM, SARABJEET, DURGA RANI SINGH, MANI RATMAN we await

excellent film

ultimate story

climax blows your mind

Dil se this movie touched me

jazbaa means emotions

took my breath away

mickey does outstanding makeup on ash

cant wait for ADHM

my heart was in my mouth many times

Mother of all comebacks

ash looked more gorgeous than dhoom

queen of hearts and minds in this movie

ash balanced the emotions and coolness in different scenes

thriller with a fine script

ash will play a cop for sujoy gosh in rani durga singh

strongest character ash has played

strongest character ash has played

this will be a memorable role for ash

ash looked so different from all her other roles

Heart wrenching story

clapped at the end and the rest

big hug for ash

I love ash even more now

career best performance

mindblowing scenes with ash

ash's presence is so compelling

My heart melted in the chase for her daughter

Heartouching

thankyou gups

I love this movie so much I can go on and on

subhallah ash showed the strength of a women

ash and irfaan were so smooth

fast paced

stylised thriller

pleasure to watch

remarkable script

best choice after her maternity break

the 4 day twists and turns were amazing

very honest and raw performances

I just loved The movie & i really loved Aishwarya in it, welcome back Queen of Hearts, if you dont like this movie , you are a Hater so go to hell,, Abir

mashallah perforamance ash

the return of the queen

Queen is back

I would define this as one of ash's best roles

thankyou for making a great movie

hats off

ash was a cool modern woman of strength

ash glowed on screen

so different from other ash movies in a good way

the twists and turns keep coming

irfaan and aishwarya have great chemistry

unbelievable positive response from the public

Bang on with the social message

I never thought kamaal r khan would go ga ga over a movie

killer movie

paisa wasool

hard hitting climax

must watch

ash looked mesmerising

heart retching for daughters and mothers

ash looked like a dream

krk has a great review must watch

ash is back

dialogues so memorable

solid

run and watch

stylish

beautifull cinmatography

Mumbai never looked so beautifull

ash shobana irfaan standing ovation

climax is powerfull

First day 6.7cr will be super hit

women will love this movie it shows women of substance

strong women stand up for women's rights in this movie

comaradery of star cast was great

ash+irfaan in a romantic movie next

a helpless mother's scream for her daughter was felt through my heart

Women's rights rule in this movie

an indian movie is nothing without emotions

ash has strong screen presence

this movie has me from the first scene

aishwarya we looove you

one of ash's greatest roles ever

everyone cried with ash heartmelting moment

emotional rollercoaster

Ouch this movie is being thrashed by credible critics. IMDB rating: 5.3

Public and critics love it wakey wakey

irfaan says what are you saying you know your rights this is india not hollywood

Saw the movie ..OK *yawn*
Aish you could do much better /

one liners are amazing

ash take a bow

the movie made my day run and watch

love my baby when she cried

what a twist

awesome finale

what a comeback

so many positive reviews woo hoo

Nail biting

queen b delivers

movie with substance

outstanding performances

there was no green on the screen so whoever below is making it up

engaging action thriller

The real critics hated the movie, it doesn't matter how much Aish's PR would like us to think otherwise!

so proud of ash

I will watch it again

high voltage acting

lets take this page to number one

ash has received phenominal response from public

such an engaging movie

was fire in her acting

sincere performance by ash

a tremendously positive response

the audience was invested througout

ash's performance was natural

someone here is really trying hard to rip this movie apart by copying any negative comment they can find online

mindblowing film

stellar performances

worth the wait

a tret to watch

strong message for women in this movie

both mothers were excellent

content plus film

ash won my heart

outstanding job by both ash and shabana

ash's strength took the movie a notch higher

powerfull return for ash

brilliant acting by all

Paisa wasool as per krk

we Indians love emotion in our movies go watch Hollywood if you dont

indian movies are nothing without emotions

I cried with Ash at preclimax

Power packed performance by Ash

the twist turns and suspense was fab

I would more than scream if my daughter was taken

fantastic

me and my 3 friends loved it

pleasantly surprised at how wonderful this movie was

loved it!

ash stole the show

fast paced

fast paced

Read reviews from people who saw the movie :)

Mid day Jazbaa review : 3 stars
The two-hour duration doesn't let you linger too much, except for once or twice when the otherwise foolproof screenplay goes limp, particularly the scene when Anuradha spots her kidnapped daughter and goes all out with her emotional outburst under a bridge for what seemed like eternity. Otherwise, Sanjay Gupta manages to keep the proceedings on a tight leash, not allowing our attention waver for too long. Even as you anxiously follow Aishwarya's tense four days in which she has to get the rapist, Miyaaz Shaikh (Chandan Roy Sanyal) out of prison that he's ensconced in, it is Irrfan who captures your heart and imagination. This fantastic actor is helped by some deadly punchlines dotted with wry humour and at times, a fine poetic touch (dialogues by Robin Bhatt and Kamlesh Pandey) lights up the screen and keeps you delighted, even guffawing at some points.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan perfectly looks the part and even does a fairly decent job, barring certain emotional scenes where she clearly goes over the top. Sanyal's character is caricaturish. Otherwise a good actor, he seemed to be struggling to find a solid footing. Shabana Azmi, who plays the mother of a rape victim, is effortless and adds value to the film.
If only Sanjay Gupta had gone a little easy on the unnecessary and intrusive melodrama. Even then, it's a good one time watch for sure.

Times of India Jazbaa review: 3.5 stars

Aishwarya goes for the jugular in this crime thriller. Inspired by the South Korean thriller Seven Days, Jazbaa revolves around a divorced lawyer, who dotes on her pre-teen daughter. With a 100 per cent success track record, she knows how to get any criminal 'justice'. However, her world crumbles when her daughter goes missing. The kidnapper makes it clear that he is not interested in money. Rather, he tells her that the only way she will ever see her child again is to free a felon (Chandan) who faces rape and murder charges.
Enters Inspector Yohan(Irrfan), a decorated but suspended police officer, whose heart beats for this lady-lawyer. He accompanies her on her mission to ferret out missed clues and check out alibis.

Together, they meet the young murdered victim's mother (Shabana Azmi). They befriend her to learn more about her daughter's rape and brutilisation. As she fills them in with details of the gruesome act, Ash is tormented that she is actually fighting to free an animal! However, her maternal instincts overpower all sense of right and wrong. Into this mayhem comes a politician (Jackie Shroff), who is hiding a drug-addict son (Siddhant Kapoor). Fingers now point in yet another direction. As Ash attempts to piece the jigsaw puzzle together, the film takes some sharp curves and ends in a nail-biting climax.

Gupta, known to be sounder with technique than story-telling (many of his films have been foreign inspirations), has got it right this time.

Jazbaa's narrative has pace and power. From screeching car sequences to emotionally-charged showdowns between his accomplished lead cast; the film throbs. Which is not to say that there are no flaws. The green hue overshadows Mumbai's skyline. Aishwarya is rusty at the start but eventually takes charge of the dual aspects of her character. Once in the groove, her eyes breathe fire. Irrfan breezes past with clap-trap Kamlesh Pandey dialogues, such as --Mohabbat hai is liye jaane de raha hoon, zidd hoti toh baahon mein hoti. Shabana is flawless. Aishwarya has made a judicious screen choice after that five-year hiatus!

Bollywood Hungama Jazbaa review: 3 stars
First things first. The film's fast, pacy and taut screenplay (Sanjay Gupta and Robin Bhatt) is one of the highlights of the film. Despite the film's narrative that keeps you glued to your seats, there are a few overdramatic scenes which seem a little out of place in this edgy thriller. A handful of flaws notwithstanding, the film's director Sanjay Gupta emerges a winner with his much-awaited film JAZBAA. He has tried his level best, with his skillful direction, to uplift even few ordinary sequences. While the film's first half is above average, it starts lagging towards the interval. Whereas the film's second half sets the pace of the film (despite a few lagging scenes). JAZBAA is what one would term as an 'edge-of-the-seat' thriller. Like every typical 'Sanjay Gupta film', JAZBAA too bears the quintessential 'whistle-worthy' one-liners and punch-packed dialogues (Sanjay Gupta, Kamlesh Pandey), which is mainly mouthed by Irrfan Khan.

Despite the 'towering' presence of the master performer Irrfan Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with her 'initially-rusty-later spellbinding' performance, carries the film on her shoulders. Her 'comeback' performance in JAZBAA can undoubtedly be defined as one of her best till date. She makes an impressively stunning impact, conveying a gamut of emotions with utmost conviction and aplomb. Full marks to Sanjay Gupta for capturing (read 'extracting') a raw and stunning performance from her. Besides looking beautiful and stunning, she also holds a strong screen presence. The interval scene when she spots her daughter but is unable to rescue her, shows Aishwarya's talent as an actor. JAZBAA can be termed as Irrfan Khan's first main lead hero performance in a mainstream commercial film. His screen presence, when added to his delivery of one-liners takes the film to a different level altogether. Irrfan Khan mouthing his set of one-liners (in his impeccable trademark style) are whistle and clap-worthy. The veteran actress Shabana Azmi, on the other hand, comes up with yet another stellar performance in JAZBAA. She lights up the screen with her glowing presence in the film and shows her true potential, especially towards the climax sequences. Other actors like Jackie Shroff, Priya Banerjee, Siddhant Kapoor, Chandan Roy Sanyal and Atul Kulkarni excel in their respective roles.

While the film's music (Amar Mohile) is not very massy, it is the film's background music that keeps the film gripped throughout. The film's editing (Bunty Negi) could have been a bit better in order for the film to look sleeker. The film's cinematography (Sameer Arya) is decent.

On the whole, JAZBAA is a captivating thriller with good performances that make it a decent one-time watch.

Ash fans must realize she can't act to save her life. I remember the producer of last legion bashing ash's acting skills and said it was the reason that film flopped. She can't act period

The producer NEVER said that. Btw, youare getting so repetitive, try something new.

The producer NEVER said that. Aishwarya can act, period. (atleast change yourwriting style, if youare acting like different people.)

Woah.LIAR. The producer never said that. Aishwarya can act, period. (atleast change yourwriting style, if youare acting like different people.)

How do you know producer didn't say that? According to you she's beautiful and talented then why didn't people go to watch her movie?

Check the Internet for answers.

I love Sanjay Gupta style masala movies. I loved all the dialogues. Aishwarya looked pretty. Paisa wasool.

Yahoo movies review of Jazbaa: "Aishwarya is back on the big screen after five years and unfortunately she has learned very little acting during her brief hiatus. Her bloodshot eyes and intermittent screaming bouts bring little credibility to her role. She is always ramp ready, but is yet to wow the audience with her acting ability."

Truer words were never said.

You can bash the movie but please dont say anything bad about Aishwarya..she is my ex-dream girl

she's everybody's ex now because she's a fading beauty and nobody likes her personality

here's what Rajeev Masand said in his review ---->

"Jazbaa is all about telling us Aishwarya Rai looks great when she’s running in heels – in slo-mo. Hurrah!"

First Post Jazbaa review: Aishwarya, Irrfan and Instagram filters make for a nonsensical, loud film.

Once upon a time, in a city called InstaMumbai, there lived a lawyer named Anuradha Verma. Her defining characteristic appears to be dressing as uncomfortably as possible -- high heels, boots, tight black pants, bulky jackets in a tropical, equatorial city. What is she thinking? It's hot, but in the wrongest possible way. Her high heels, which are part of her court uniform, seem to work though. After all, she's never lost a case, we're told. However, one day, what she does lose is her daughter.
Lest you think she's a careless mother, Anuradha screams her daughter's name out again and again, and at such a high decibel that everyone vacates the crowded school field where a Sports Day-esque event was being held. Either that or Anuradha just stood there and shrieked for hours while the school carried on with its events and then emptied out when they were over. Whatever the explanation, we see Anuradha, standing alone, yelling for a disappeared daughter.
Fortunately, Anuradha has a friend in the police, who shares her love for jackets. Inspector Yohaan (surnames are for wimps, bro) looks and sounds like he's watched Sin City and Shahenshah too many times. He's the most decorated cop in the city and is currently facing a suspension because he took bribes (to pay for the jackets in his wardrobe perhaps?).
Unfortunately Anuradha can't ask him for help because a male voice calling from a private number has told her that if Anuradha involves the police, that's the end of her daughter. To get her daughter back, Anuradha must take on the case of a convicted rapist and murderer named Miyaaz and get him bail. If Anuradha fails, bad things will happen to her daughter. Mr. Private Number is also watching Anuradha's every move, he tells her. So no funny business.
It turns out Leather Jacket Yohaan was the one who caught Miyaaz. He now embarks on a second investigation with Anu, who needs to find a loophole in the open-and-shut case in order to get Miyaaz off the hook. The clues helpfully show up as and when Anuradha and Yohaan need them to, but the duo does come up against a few dead ends, which is quite frustrating. So much so that at one point, Yohaan just can't take it anymore -- he whips off his jacket and flings it to the ground.
Or maybe that was Irrfan's version of throwing in the towel. Perhaps that was the moment, during the shooting of Jazbaa, when the actor realised the lure of being able to play Hero opposite Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had landed him a film in which a dog has the best role. Not only because the dog is an unexpected twist, but also because the rather handsome Alsatian gets to run the hell out of the film within about a minute of its first appearance.
Irrfan, on the other hand, has to overact his way through about 120 minutes of Jazbaa and utter lines like, "Neend mashooka ki tarha hai" (while cradling a drink, naturally) and "Run, Yohaan, run!" (Yes, he is indeed referring to himself in third person. Jazbaa takes its toll on everyone.) On the plus side, at least Irrfan doesn't have to say, "Yeh definitely nose ring hai," while holding up a nose ring, as Kaizad Kotwal does.
Every character in Jazbaa has to mouth absurdly bad dialogues, but as the heroine, Bachchan gets the worst of them because hers are also supposedly poetic. After being told about a character named Sia, who used to cup her coffee mug, Bachchan's Anuradha observes, "Sia coffee mug ke tarha relationships ko bhi mehsoos karna chahti thi." To another mother, Anuradha says, "Zakhm toh ek dusrey sey baat kar sakte hain?" thus evoking an image of two festering wounds in conversation.
Zakhm 1: What's your story?
Zakhm 2: I was once an eardrum. But then I was taken to Jazbaa and ever since...(weeping noises). Aishwarya just wouldn't stop screaming. She just went on and on, and I just couldn't take it. I exploded and was reduced to bloody pulp. (more weeping noises) And you?
Zakhm 1: They used to call me Common Sense. I made the mistake of hanging around when Sanjay Gupta and Robin Bhatt started writing their version of the Korean film, Seven Days. Next thing I knew, I was the mangled, paralysed mess that you see now.
Zakhm 2: That's terrible!
Zakhm 1: It could have been worse. You should see what happened to my friend Acting after the Jazbaa shoot.
Jazbaa can take the credit for hiring actors like Irrfan, Shabana Azmi and Chandan Roy Sanyal, only to draw out of them some of the worst performances of their careers. The best thing about Azmi's onscreen appearance are her saris and the one satisfying moment in the film is when -- SPOILER ALERT -- Roy Sanyal is run over.
Irrfan is the only one who can make a few of the atrocious dialogues sound anything other than ridiculous. However, he isn't reason enough to sit through the infuriating stupidity that is Jazbaa. There are so many gaping holes in the film's logic that you may want to join Bachchan in one of her many shrieking fits in Jazbaa.
How does the kidnapper have his eyes on Anuradha? Why is Yohaan helping Anuradha when he doesn't believe he caught the wrong guy? Why would the kidnapper go to the trouble of using a dog as a courier only to show up at the pickup spot, with Anuradha's daughter in tow? Why would a rich and powerful man trust a petty criminal whom he doesn't really know with something as delicate as his son's safety? Why does an MP not have an army of minions to do his dirty work? How is a suspended police officer calmly carrying out an investigation without anyone batting an eyelid? How does a junkie who has been behaving like a deranged lunatic become coherent and sober overnight? Why did the kidnapper suddenly stop calling Anuradha?
One of the meta questions that Jazbaa raises is, just how shameless is Gupta? The director has the audacity to end his film with a slide that tells gives you statistics about rape, as though it's an issue close to Jazbaa's heart. Does Gupta really think that we won't notice how one woman's rape is re-enacted for the audience's viewing 'pleasure' no less than three times? It didn't need to be shown even once. Do the depressing statistics make up for how the film suggests women should feel guilty about working hard and choosing to leave an unhappy marriage? Jazbaa also suggests daughters raised by single mothers are more vulnerable and therefore likely to suffer violence in the hands of strangers. What gives?
The only thing that tops the number of questions Gupta fails to answer is the amount of glycerine Bachchan and Azmi use in Jazbaa. Or maybe they spent all of their non-shooting hours weeping over the decision to do this film and therefore appear red-eyed in every other scene.
Gupta takes the plot of the Korean film Seven Days, but there's none of the tension or ambivalence that has made South Korean crime thrillers so distinctive and popular. The director appears to think that panoramic shots of Mumbai as seen through Instagram will make up for a slack script and absurd lapses in logic. As things stands, the only suspense while watching Jazbaa is in figuring out which Instagram filter would render Mumbai's skies to look as they do in Gupta's imagination. My money is on Mayfair, X-Pro II and Lo-Fi, with the occasional Perpetua.

you nailed it dude. had so much fun reading.

Your review would have been believeable if u had few positions things to say as well. An entire film whom producers spent money on, in which actors like Irrfan & Shabana work cannot be that bad. Get over your jealousy and start seeings things in grey not balck and white.

A critic like Komal Nahta who likes almost every movie did not like it also. LOL

Review: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan acts well but does go overboard in some scenes, mainly those in which she is required to scream and cry. Irrfan Khan once again delivers a lovely performance, making his presence felt wonderfully despite playing just a catalyst. Shabana Azmi leaves a mark as Garima. Chandan Roy Sanyal is effective but gets limited scope. Atul Kulkarni has his moments. Abhimanyu Singh is natural. Jackie Shroff makes his mark in a special appearance. Siddhanth Kapoor is quite nice as Sam. Priya Banerjee is okay as Sia. Sara Arjun lends decent support in the role of little Sanaya. Shivraj Walvekar is lovely as ACP Rokde. Deeksha Kaushal (as the dancer in the discotheque), Dadahi Raj (as Parmar), Ankur Vikal (as Vijay), Pramod Pathak (as Satnam), Sangeeta Kanhayat (as Nazia), Rajat Kaul (as Benny), Kaizad Kotwal (as Dr. Satish), Rajiv Kachroo (as Joe), Taran Bajaj (as Sunny Locksmith), Shahnawaz (as Ram) and Sanjay Gurbax Singh (as lawyer Boman) lend adequate support.

Sanjay Gupta’s direction fails to create the right kind of impact. He has concentrated too much on making a stylised film but that has not taken care of the emotional side of the drama which remains dull. Music (Sachin Jigar, Arko Pravo, Amjad-Nadeem and Badshah) is good but the manner in which the songs are incorporated in the film, it doesn’t do justice to them. For instance, the ‘Bandeya’ song (which is rather melodious) comes in the end rolling titles and that too, without visuals! Lyrics (Sanjay Gupta, Arko Pravo, Amjad-Nadeem and Badshah) are appropriate. Ahmed Khan’s choreography is alright. Amar Mohile’s background music is impactful. Sameer Arya uses his camera effectively to capture the drama. Javed-Aejaz’s action scenes are interesting. Wasiq Khan’s production designing is appropriate. Bunty Nagi’s editing is good but the fast cuts tell on the emotional impact of the drama.

On the whole, Jazbaa will fail to deliver at the box-office and will entail losses to all concerned. Class audiences may find the film interesting but that will just not be enough.

Raja sen praised Bombay Velvet and he gives 0-1 star to all the khan movies which does 200- 300 crores business. Irfan's movie would not do that much of business but film'll definitely do good business. Film is released in only 2000 screens in INdia. It need to perform well in Pakistan,UAE and USA.

Saibal Chatterjee 2.5\5 stars

SPOILERS AHEAD

It is but natural for a Bollywood diva making a comeback to go hell for leather.

Likewise, a consummate actor taking each scene as it comes, with customary poise, is par for the course.

Together, however, they make Jazbaa, another flashy but torpid remake of a Korean thriller from Sanjay Gupta, a rather disorienting affair.

As Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Irrfan Khan peddle their distinct wares, it is like watching two different films at the same time.

One features an overcharged female lead who stretches every sinew, flashes bloodshot eyes, flails her arms, and raises her voice at the slightest provocation.

Her job is to capture the anguished persona of a hotshot lawyer who is compelled to defend a rapist in order to save her kidnapped daughter. The actress takes no chances.

The portions of Jazbaa that are designed for Aishwarya border on the overly zestful and melodramatic. These stretches of the film will of course work for some sections of the audience.

Passages of a far less demonstrative kind are delivered by Irrfan. He resorts to measured moves in playing a much-decorated but suspended Mumbai policeman.

Neither the two actors nor the characters that they play have anything in common but for the fact that both have clear goals, both on duty and off it.

They join forces in a race against time to get to the bottom of the conspiracy hatched against the advocate, Anuradha Verma.

It is Inspector Yohaan’s one chance to prove that he has lost none of his wiles.
The discredited crime-buster also has secret crush on the lady, who he has known since their school days.

Bunty Nagi’s editing is crisp and Sameer Arya’s camerawork is impressively nifty. Both complement the pace of the story.

Yet, Jazbaa is never particularly pulsating despite being occasionally intriguing.

It springs a few surprises, especially in the climax, but its principal characters, the legal eagle and the cop, respond in largely predictable ways to the threats posed by the flawed system that they work within.

Within the folds of the narrative are drug dealers and addicts, an ambitious politician with a dark secret in his backyard, and vulnerable women who suffer at the hands of sexual predators.

But Jazbaa, despite the disturbing rape statistics and low conviction rates that it reminds us of before the end credits roll, isn’t really about the big picture.

Its focus is squarely on the story of an individual striking back when she is pushed to a corner.

The dialogue written by Kamlesh Pandey is lively and witty at times, but the punchlines, reserved mainly for the cynical policeman, do not propel the film out of its inertia.

One guy asks the off-duty cop to back off when the latter goes after him. “I know my rights,” the suspect says.

The tainted policeman sniggers at him: “India mein rights? Hollywood filmein bahut dekhta hai. Yeh Bollywood hai.”

Jazbaa throws up a few such stray moments that allude to the grave distortions in India’s legal system, but the script (Sanjay Gupta and Robin Bhatt) does not follow this narrative line consistently enough.

It might have raised Jazbaa above the level of a straightforward thriller.
Earlier in the film, the audience is provided a glimpse into the mind of the female protagonist.

Asked why she works only for the moneyed and the crooked, she replies: “Joh beqasoor hai woh mera fees afford nahin kar sakte (Those that are innocent cannot afford my fees).”

Jazbaa works only sporadically. The fact that Seven Days, the film that Jazbaa is ripped off from, was no cinematic gem does not help.

The laboured contrivances of the original inevitably find their way into the Hindi rehash. Only, they are exaggerated beyond reasonable limits.

Jazbaa loses no opportunity to play up the mother angle. Aishwarya’s divorced character reminds the criminal she defends under duress that she is in the game as a mom, not just as an advocate.

She isn’t the only mother in the plot. Shabana Azmi plays estranged mom to a free-spirited, headstrong artist-daughter who is raped and murdered by the convict who is days away from the gallows.

The oodles of flamboyance that director Sanjay Gupta pumps into the film cannot conceal its lack of depth.

Jazbaa is a slick production all right and it does deliver a few thrilling moments and an above-average climax.

But much of its flashy dialogue-baazi is reminiscent of a time when Hindi potboilers banked on slickly packaged vacuity to enhance their mass appeal.

Overall, Jazbaa feels like a wasted effort, a clear case of superficial style triumphing over substance by a fair distance.

But it has just enough for Aishwarya Rai Bachchan fans to justify a trip to the multiplexes.

Jazbaa, however, is just as much, if not more, Irrfan Khan’s film.

There is Sridevi who did an amazing comeback with English Vinglish. There is Madhuri who made her sizzing comeback last year. I know dedh ishqia was a flop but it had got rave reviews, critics and audience who watched the film praised her unanimously. Then here is one actress aishwarya, who is still getting bashed for performance even after two long decades in this industry. This really speaks lengths about her acting skills. She is breathtakingly beautiful. But thats it about her. Even actresses like kareena and priyanka are miles ahead of aish in acting department.

Rajeev Masand
Rating: 2\5
Jazbaa, written and directed by Sanjay Gupta, wants to be many things at once. First and foremost, it’s intended as a comeback vehicle for Aishwarya Rai who hasn’t made a movie in five years. It’s also – as we’ve been constantly reminded – Gupta’s first ‘legitimate’ remake of a foreign film (the Korean thriller, Seven Days); yup, we’re told he actually acquired remake rights for a change. Curiously, Jazbaa also positions itself as an anti-rape, woman-empowerment message movie, even if this angle does come across as an afterthought.Often the problem with trying to satisfy multiple agendas is that telling an interesting story becomes secondary to everything else. Good thing then that Jazbaa has a solid premise: Defense lawyer Anuradha Verma (Aishwarya) must get a murder suspect off the hook in order to save her own kidnapped daughter, thereby wronging the victim’s mother in the process.Gupta moves through his screenplay swiftly, the breakneck pace glossing over many of the script’s holes. In Aishwarya he’s cast a famously earnest star who gives the role all she’s got – at times, though, you’ll wish she gave a little less. It’s a “big” performance, if you know what I mean, all bloodshot eyes, flailing arms, and hysterical wailing. It works in the right places, but sticks out when overdone.Yet nothing hurts the senses more than the sepia-soaked yellow-green lighting that gives the film a post-apocalypse videogame-like effect. Then there’s Amar Mohile’s relentless background score that further swells during dramatic moments. It’s so deafening and intrusive that it’s hard to care for the protagonist’s distress under all that noise.Irrfan Khan, playing a dishonorably discharged cop and Anuradha’s ally throughout the ordeal, tries to keep a straight face while delivering the sort of corny lines that have become staple in the director’s films over the years. Sample this: “Main toh khud langar ki line mein khada hoon, tere liye daawat kaise arrange karoonga.” Yet he comes away not entirely embarrassed, having managed to bring some credibility to an otherwise overblown melodrama.My heart wept for poor Shabana Azmi who tries – and occasionally succeeds – in infusing some genuine emotion into the proceedings. Others like Chandan Roy Sanyal (playing the accused), Atul Kulkarni (as a public prosecutor), and Jackie Shroff (as an influential politician) are largely wasted in a script that’s focused single-mindedly on reminding us that Aishwarya Rai looks great when she’s running in heels – in slo-mo. Hurrah!I’m going with two out of five for Jazbaa. Frankly it delivers more than its awful trailer promised. But good luck protecting your eyes and ears from this sensory overload.

Woohoo evening and night shows are full in multiplexes. Jai Bajrangbali. Now reviews don't matter anymore.

wake up there is no srk, salman or hrithik in this movie. She has no other superstars in this movie and she isn't one so its a flop

Keep dreaming

Achcha? Where is this multiplex of yours? In timbaktu! Because all websites are reporting occupancy of 20% only.

The anon above is talking about afternoon and evening. 20% occupancy was in morning. Check.

Firstpost has called it a loud nonsensical film. And indian express called ash over the top. Raja sen gave 1 star. Rajeev masand gave 2 stars

Ashman is having a tough outing here to defend aish again and again..

LOL. Defend why? Aishwarya is not a convict.