Jazbaa Movie Review : Aishwarya Rai & Irrfan Khan

Here we provide Jazbaa Review, Ratings by different news, magazines, organizations etc. like IMDB, Indiatimes etc. Read all reviews and decide you should go to watch or not and Jazbaa is a big hit or flop. Jazbaa is the comeback movie of Aishwarya Rai after a long time and she’s got a meaty role to justify it. In an age-appropriate role, Aishwarya plays a successful lawyer, Anuradha Varma, who’s also a single mother to her daughter Sanaaya (Sara Arjun).

 Genre : Action, Thriller
Cast : Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Irrfan Khan and Shabana Azmi
Director : Sanjay Gupta
Duration : 2 hours 3 minutes

Story : Anuradha Varma (Aishwarya), a reputed criminal lawyer, agrees to defend a convicted felon to save her missing daughter. What follows is a moral and social dilemma between the hardened lawyer and the hapless mother.

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Jazbaa Review by Indian Express

Apparently he is convinced and in turn has convinced the actress that that a tormented mother has to scream her guts out to show her distress over the kidnapping of her little daughter. If that’s not pathetic enough, she has to wear a semi demented look with eyes brimming with glycerine. As a final step in hardcore performance, she has to run like there is no tomorrow. Rai who makes a comeback after five years with Jazbaa, scores full marks on all three counts.

Jazbaa has great potential as a potboiler thriller dealing with the country’s most significant issue of rape. But all its focus is on how well Rai screams, cries and runs.

Screen grab from Jazbaa.
Next, it is about how Irrfan Khan playing a corrupt cop-Yohaan- delivers entertaining dialogues (by veteran Kamlesh Pandey) like.. “Rights? Hindustan mein rights nahin hote..”. Sometimes Khan recalls he needs to throw in some action too. So he kicks and smashes some roadside props. If the two together are not being dramatic enough, there is Shabana Azmi, playing a dead victim’s mother, at her melodramatic best.

Rai and Azmi between themselves compete with their eyes. It is difficult to decide who can stretch them more wide and tearful. Khan must have noticed this and realized he cannot win in this area of hysterics. So he quickly dons a pair of shades.

If the three dynamic actors still don’t seem serious enough, there is a message on screen as the film ends. It informs us about the rape statistics in India and how a woman is raped every 22 minutes. Instead of having a sobering effect, the statistics make this last moment effort at sincerity, nothing but laughable.

Because Jazbaa does not come across as a rape subject at all. It’s about one woman fighting a false rape and murder case in order to rescue her kidnapped daughter. She happens to be single and the city’s most competent criminal lawyer-Anuradha Verma.

Please note that ‘competent’ means that she just raises her voice over and above the prosecutor’s (Atul Kulkarni) all of a sudden, in the opening scene. Enough to make her win a particular case in favour of a criminal. The good part is that our heroine has grey shades, just like the corrupt hero. If only this had been explored further, it would have made Jazbaa a fascinating watch.

However the film is in a hurry to show how Anuradha is a great, single supermom. But before we can see how superheroic she is, the film rushes ahead and her daughter, Sanaya (Sara Arjun) gets abducted. Strangely when Sanaya disappears, lawyer mom panics within micro seconds. Then the laryngitis tearing screams follow and some deafening sound design comes into action.

A mysterious abductor demands that Anuradha, being the best lawyer around, defend a rapist and murderer, Miyaaz (Chandan Roy Sanyal) to get Sanaya back.

Yes , the film could have been mainly a rape drama, had the rape in the story had any emotional effect, despite it being shown 3-4 times in different versions. The stylized shots take away the impact of what could have been the crucial heart wrenching moments. Sia (Priya Banerjee),the daughter of a very out of place Shabana Azmi, has been raped and killed. Anuradha tries to build a case about how Sia was a victim to drugs; something called ‘angel dust’.

An fairly interesting plot kicks in. An official remake of Korean film, Seven Days, the screenplay moves fast in a gripping enough thriller mode. Gupta displays his old penchant for slick action and weaves a fairly engrossing tale.

Every time Yohaan comes on screen (initially surrounded distractingly by some stylish yellow lighting) and mouths some cynical lines in keeping with his corrupt character, the film shows some potential. Unfortunately, Yohaan’s dialogue has little effect, as his actions cannot match Anuradha’s melodramatic vocal chords.

Several new characters emerge, one of whom is a politician, played by Jackie Shroff. Mercifully, he plays it subtle. By the time, certain twists unfold; you don’t really care if mom and daughter will unite.

All you care about is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who shows so much sincerity that you wish she had worked with another Sanjay who brought out the best in her in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.

Credit : Indian Express

Jazbaa Review by Times of India

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!

Jazbaa movie review Credit : Times of India

Jazbaa Review by NDTV

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

Credit : NDTV

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Jazbaa Rating & Review by IMDB

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