- Film: Jai Ho
- Starring: Salman Khan, Daisy Shah, Tabu, Danny Denzongpa
- Release Date: 24th Jan 2014
- Produced by :Eroz Entertainment, Sohail Khan
- Directed by: Sohail Khan
- Story/Screenplay: A. R. Murugadoss (Inspired by Telugu movie’Stalin’)
- Music: Sajid-Wajid, Amal Malik
Salman Khan ‘s brand and box office equity has spiraled to unimaginable levels in his past outings. Wanted, Dabangg, Ready, Bodyguard, Ek Tha Tiger, Dabangg 2–these have smashed box office records and have catapulted the iconic status of this current mass and box office king. So when our Bhai returns to the big screen as a social crusader , after a 13 months hiatus, expectations are bound to be humongous. But Jai ho fails despite his sincere and earnest efforts, which is ironic because the film had immense potential.
A remake of Telugu blockbuster Stalin, this Sohail khan helmed film is about Jai, an ex army officer, who plays a good hearted Samaritan to people in trouble. Post a tragic incident, Jai encourages people to indemnify their help and kindness to three strangers, in order to make the world a better place.
The plot has a reassuring premise, only to be scattered away completely by insipid writing and lacklustre direction. The film gets completely distracted by its innumerable action sequences and dull screenplay. To justify Salman’s superhuman persona, his brother instills all the unrequired elements which this film would have done without. Abysmal songs and humdrum music only add to the agony of the viewer. At the end of it, its virtually nothing that you take away home with, as Jai ho melts down to a revenge drama of sorts, rather than a film with a message. Your heart goes out for the extremely talented actors forming the supporting cast, who are completely wasted in insubstantial roles. The highly revered Tabu is impressive as Jai’s sister, but goes completely off track due to the thankless scope of her character. Ditoo with Mahesh Manjrekar and Nadira Babbbar, who are wasted in their limited roles. Danny growls and shouts, but its not a match to the enigmatic stature of the actor. Daisy Shah makes up for her bland acting with her passable dancing skills, but clearly, unlike his previous films, Salman’s chemistry with Daisy is absolutely missing.
Its left to Salman to carry the entire film on his shoulders, and to be honest, he doesnt dissapoint. He fights, screams, preaches, dances,sings–does everything that his fans expect him to do. The gallant actor delivers a committed performance, albeit, in a losing cause.
Its unfortunate that despite the mega stars presence and noteworthy performance, Jai Ho fails to capitalize on its promising concept–one which is really the need of the hour. Salman’s first outing as a social crusader might just scrape through his fans, but certainly, he deserved better.
Popcorn Entertainment Rating: 2/5