A Flying Jatt Movie Review: This Tiger Shroff, Jacqueline Fernandez and Nathan Jones starrer is all about a super-hero. Now, India may not have had many superheroes, but then again, considering the plethora of most powerful gods in the Hindu pantheon and their avatars on earth, there was no need felt for them. People had Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Lord Krishna, Hanuman, Lord Ram, Lord Indra, and so on. All most-powerful, omnipresent divine presences. But increasingly, India is seeing the creation of its own ‘local’ superheroes and the people are really taking to them with zeal and enthusiasm. Earlier we had Krrish and now Balaji Motion Pictures’ Flying Jatt!
However, in the movie, the superhero is an extremely reluctant one to be cast in this role and on top of it, he is scared of heights! Just imagine! A shrinking violet as a superhero and one who is expected to fly but gets vertigo even standing up! It makes for humorous interludes and puts the smile on many a face watching the movie!
The fight that the superhero wages is against a mafia type builder, the ruffianish Malhotra (Kay Kay Menon) who is out to usurp the land (‘Kartar Singh Colony’) of a widow, Bebe (Amrita Singh). The lady in question is reluctant to sell out even though the builder offers to double the price – reason being that the good lady holds the builder, and his business practices, responsible for causing the most pollution in the city.
So, when reasoning fails to get him the result he wanted, the builder calls up his dreaded henchman Rakka (Nathan Jones) and he is assigned the task of getting rid of the lady and ensuring the land is transferred too Malhotra. It also transpires that there on the land in question is a wish-fulfilling tree. For reason best unexplained, it becomes Rakka’s target and he proceeds to chop it down only to run into the area’s martial arts school teacher Aman (Tiger Shroff) – he is a normal person till then. As they square off, a miracle happens!
The short and long of it is that Aman is blessed by superhero powers – the ‘Flying Jatt’ is born. However, there is a glitch of sorts as Rakka himself gets ‘blessed’ with super-powers too! Except, he has the power to do evil. And, weirdly, the more the pollution that he breathes, the greater are his powers.
A number of fantastic and spectacular fight sequences happen with the responsibility of bringing triumph of good over evil falling squarely on the Flying Jatt. The sequences are well-choreographed and Tiger Shroff is seen at his best in them. He is a born stuntman and can virtually do super-human stuff!
And amidst all this drama, enters the lady interest of Aman, Kirti (Jacqueline Fernandez) who, of course, is unaware about the superhero’s identity. Not that Aman has the guts to profess his love to Kirti (remember, he is generally reluctant when it comes to doing things). These are the struggles of the Flying Jatt and how he needs to dig deep inside himself to do the right thing and save the people of his neighborhood and the wider world from the nefarious plans of the evil Rakka and Malhotra. This is the fight between good and evil that has been going on since time immemorial and our superhero does his best to come out on top.
The movie is a must-watch. It has dollops of everything a viewer expects from a superhero and the film does not fly off at a tangent – the make-believe part is surreal but easily digestible as it is carried off well by the filmmakers. It sticks faithfully to its purpose and the cast manfully strives to do it well. The Flying Jatt manages to do all of that well. It is a paisa wasool movie and there is a chance that many people will be so carried away that they may watch it again too. In any case, they will definitely give it a big word-of-mouth boost.
There is, of course, something that is not up to the standard of an out and out superhero film and that is the screenplay by Tushar Hiranandani, Remo D’Souza and this affects the storyline somewhat. It has Punjabi and Sikh overtones and this specific community bracketing ends up restricting the film in scope. Dialogue too needed to rise to super-human proportions but ends up being too low-brow. Leaves you with no memorable dialogue to recount to friends and family. Also, some of the fight scenes are abrupt and defy logic.
In the role of the director Remo D’Souza himself makes a massive effort to get things right and believable, but he often finds that VFX becomes overbearing. D’Souza should also have done better than provide the kind of ending that he did. It required a lot of work, but it is clear this is a hatchet job. While the first part of the film is great, it is the period after the interval that the film drags and the viewer is left shifting uncomfortably in his seat.
Tiger Shroff manages to carry off the film with a fine display of his skills, and A Flying Jatt is proof of his growing stature as an actor. He has a long way to go yet, but his willingness to put in the hard labour to get it right is there for all to see. Jacqueline Fernandez looks pretty and manages to do well with it, but hers is quite a small role and in fact, she gets less screen time than even Amrita Singh! Nathan Jones as Rakka is a fearsome villain and we will see his towering presence in the future in other Bollywood films. He has performed well in a strange place and has established himself with his standout portrayal. Shraddha Kapoor has a cameo role and excels in it. Look out for her.
As far as songs are concerned, ‘Beat Pe Booty’ is catchy but nothing more than that is passable. The film’s background score (Sachin-Jigar) is adequate and follows and faithfully renders the on-screen action and even highlights it. Remo D’Souza has done well with the film’s choreography and it is worth noticing these great inputs and all of these add to the film’s narrative.