Jazbaa Review : Irrfan Reins This Fast Paced Thriller.

Film: Jazbaa
Cast: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Irrfan Khan, Shabana Azmi
Director: Sanjay Gupta
Rating: 3/5

Sanjay Gupta directed Jazbaa has once again proved out to be a successful adaptation from foreign films as his other past works. Jazbaa, a remake of the Korean film, "Seven Days" fills colors in his dreams and imaginatin forthe Maximum City in saturated contrasts. Sometimes, it makes you feel trapped inside a video game, but most of the times it reminds the audience of Gupta' earlier movies, where putting on shades even in the darkest of places added up to the actor' swag. Leather Jackets, Black clothes, screeching tyres nd sunglasses are the basic tools to appear 'international' and Jazbaa has abundance all these things.

The film starts with a top redeemed lawyer Anuradha Verma (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) goes to compete in parent-child race in Shanaya' (her daugher') school when she realized that her daughter has been kidnapped because somebody wants her to fight a rape case  and ensure that major accused Miyaaz (Chandan Roy Sanyal) goes scot-free.

Basically, Yohan (Irrfan) an ambiguous cop is Anuradha' buddy but combined together both are just nt able to identify their opponent' might, and therefore this cat-mouse game scales the story.

The moment Sameer Arya' grading long shots ogf the Queen' Necklace opens the film, making you realize the size of the canvas on which Jazbaa has been marked. Recently, Bombay Velvet ensued in all its glory, and Jazbaa has been mapped. The city plays the perfect screening around the story that celebrates the independence and individuality of the characters marked. Its just the characters information making them unique and unexpectedly vulnerable.

When Anuradha Verma is witnessed working out on the sea shore, it attributes a strong woman. Soon, we glimpse her world of rapists, murderers and hardcore minds. Although she is sharp tongued and is acquainted to counter the males around, but this could also be just disguise. Interestingly, this doesn’t stop her from taking false cases and getting some hardened criminals acquitted. The potential of this role makes Advocate Verma a good choice for Rai’s comeback to screen after five years (Guzaarish, 2010).

On the other hand, Irrfan as a tough-talking cop tries every bit to present himself as the quintessential Bollywood hero who has a punch-line for every occasion. He comes on the screen with, ‘Toh kya Singham ban ke ghumoon,’ on being questioned about his Amitabh Bachchan looks. He talks to himself in the mirror like an eccentric guy, and describes his home as, ‘Main kahan rehta hoon, yahan intzar rehta hai.’ At one point, he also says, ‘Hollywood ki filmein zyada dekhta hai kya, ye Bollywood hai.’ His idea of a Mumbai inspector is equivalent to those supercops who know how to break every barricade set up by the wrong-doers. His great acting prowess saves him from looking like Ethan Hunt walking on the Mumbai roads. Otherwise his characterisation has been done with sole purpose in mind: Let’s make Yohan the new Dabangg. Still, Irrfan is the most entertaining thing about Jazbaa which has a somewhat confusing title.

Irrfan is at his best in the song ‘Jane tere shehar ka kya irrada hai’. The actor is absolutely matchless here, and without having to spout any dialogue. The point I am trying to make here is that ‘do we really need so many punch-lines to drive home the point?’

Arya’s hand-held camera, in collaboration with Gupta’s sleek planning of courtroom scenes, gives the viewers the most poignant scenes of Jazbaa. It’s also a battle between Garima (Shabana Azmi) and Anuradha Verma and it’s difficult to predict the winner.

The most striking thing about Gupta’s film is the over-dramatization of scenes which stops the viewers from getting involved in the film. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a well paced thriller, but primary characters’ penchant for invoking whistles dilutes the thrill to some extent.

Jazbaa is a film which thrives on style and Gupta knows how to present a thriller. Aishwarya Rai and Irrfan will take you to a new territory and then keep you there for most of its 130-minute duration. Jazbaa is a good watch this weekend.

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