Movie review 'Jai Ho': Salman Khan not 'pure and simple'

Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 24 2014, 21:28pm hrs
Jai ho-Salman Khan'Jai Ho': Movie review - Salman Khan's latest film has the loose, scattered quality of bad South remakes.
Movie review: 'Jai Ho'

Cast: Salman Khan, Daisy Shah, Mohnish Behl, Danny Denzongpa, Tabu, Genelia DSouza, Mahesh Manjrekar, Nadira Babbar, Ashmit Patel, Aditya Pancholi, Suniel Shetty, Varun Badola, Nauheed Cyrusi, Tulip Joshi

Director: Sohail Khan

Rating: *1/2

The usual cautionary warning in the opening credits should have been replaced by this: in the making of this film, no Salman Khan fan was hurt. Because thats all 'Jai Ho', like all Bhai vehicles, aspires to. But even for those that adore the man with agate bracelet, Id say his new flick is little more than a damp squib.

The faithful who had gathered to have themselves a time on the first day first show could only be roused on two counts: one when he is wading into the baddies, and the other when he is at the centre of a running joke involving the size of a young fellows goolies, and the colour of a girls underwear. Yes, thats right.

The rest is a series of dismal scenes and gags which must have been written on an as-is-where-is basis, woven around an array of faces who wander about filling in space till Bhai comes on to kick more butt. Oh, he/she is also in the film Quick, write a few lines, and send them off.

Jai ( Khan) is an ex-Army aam aadmi who wants to propagate the power of three. Do good, and tell the recipient of the deed to spread the word among three people, and those three to three more, and so on. It is not even original, because the film is a remake of the Chiranjeevi-starrer Stalin. Jai Ho has the loose, scattered quality of bad South remakes, and it doesnt help that the Bhais love interest (Daisy Shah) is singularly uninspiring, whose only performing asset is her very flexible waist.

This must have been set up to be Salmans 'Munnabhai, the guy who wants to be a do-gooder, and eradicate all evil. But it ends up as an unimaginative gore-fest, interspersed with some ghastly bits and pieces. On top of that list is the horribly exploitative side-story of a physically challenged girl ( is this what Genelia DSouza sunk to), just a notch above a poor 'auto-wala' who is done good to by a stubbly drunk, and a little girl with a wooden arm. Its enough to make a grown man cry, which our hero does. Thrice, in case you were counting.

All kinds of other inexplicable things happen, including Tabu showing up to play Salmans sister. What is she doing in a film like this Suniel Shetty ( remember him) pops up, gives a little lecture on patriotism ( he plays an Armyman, in a tank, and fatigues, just in case we missed the point), and vanishes. Such solid actors as Nadira Babbar and Varun Badola are also spotted holding up the rear, as well as Danny D. and Mahesh M and Mohnish B.

'Jai Ho could have been a pure and simple `Dabangg 3. Its not. Its not even a no-holds-barred South remake either, despite its quarts of spurting blood and broken bones). Jais aam aadmi ( he says the phrase, and the audience erupts, rightfully, in this age of ascendant mango people ) catches traction only a moment. In the rest, he goes back to snarling and kicking and scowling.

Even the shirt-off moment is not Jai Hos money shot. Maybe Bhai should have gone in for a muffler around the head, instead.