Jazbaa review: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has over played in this convoluted, over-plotted crime-drama

Jazbaa review: It’s not as if Aishwarya Rai Bachchan gets Anuradha Verma, the anguished legal eagle who takes up cudgels for people whose guilt is beyond doubt, all wrong.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: October 10, 2015 1:22 pm
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A top female lawyer is forced into defending a criminal after her daughter is abducted. ‘Jazbaa’, based on Korean thriller ‘Seven Days’, is fashioned as a hard-edged courtroom-drama, where the protagonist wears sharp power trouser suits and wields a smart mind, and the tale is sprinkled with kinks, drugs, rape, violence and murder.

The trouble with the film, all familiar green-tones and dark angles and panoramic views of the Mumbai skyline, is that it sticks too close to its brief, which is, clearly, to bring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan back in our midst. And to topline her above all else. Result: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is not just an element in the crime drama. She is framed as any superstar Bollywood hero would: too many solo scenes, a great deal of slo-mo, and lots of opportunity for her to ‘act’. Says a character in the film, “yeh Bollywood hai”. The statement is redundant: if ‘Jazbaa’ was as taut as its origin, the lead actor would be complementing and pushing the theme, not created simply to overpower the whole. (See Pics of Aishwarya with parents and mom-in-law at Jazbaa screening)

It’s not as if Aishwarya Rai Bachchan gets Anuradha Verma, the anguished legal eagle who takes up cudgels for people whose guilt is beyond doubt, all wrong. In the scenes in which she has to be matter-of-fact, where she is recounting facts and bringing up counter-arguments, she uses her star-power just right. In the others, she is over the top, see-sawing between hysteria and over-wroughtness. And has you wincing.

And that’s pretty much the case with the film, convoluted and over-plotted, as a whole. Sanjay Gupta’s ability to create menace and a sinister sense of place is overwhelmed by the film’s need to showcase the lead actor. It spills over into the way the solid supporting cast comes off, as characters meant to buoy the central figure around whom the action revolves: Atul Kulkarni as the public prosecutor, Jackie Shroff as an ambitious politico, Chandan Roy Sanyal as the accused. Shabana Azmi, attired in the most gorgeous handloom saris, has an interesting part, and gets in some traction, though. As does, of course, Irrfan, who gets to chase bad guys, throw his fists about, and send a nod and a wink our way. (See pics: Aishwarya, Irrfan promote Jazbaa in Delhi)

Now if only Aishwarya Rai Bachchan could have underplayed.

Jazbaa star cast: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Irrfan, Shabana Azmi, Jackie Shroff, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Atul Kulkarni, Siddhant Kapoor

Director: Sanjay Gupta

One and a half stars.

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    ibrahim
    Jan 23, 2016 at 2:49 pm
    Totally disappointing movie to say the least. If you don't expect much then don't stand feel hopeless the way I did. I watched the movie keeping in mind the previous Sanjay Gupta flick KAANTE hoping a big event as an Ash come back movie after a long wait. I certainly feel that over the years the film maker has forgot to direct movies instead of improvement. A total waste of time and resources for both the crew and the audience.
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      Jinesh
      Nov 18, 2016 at 7:05 pm
      Surprised to see how Ms Shubhra Gupta write such worse review. She would have been happy if Ash is replaced by any other Bollywood Actor. Its a nice watchable movie. Its a full time thriller with lot of twists. Will hold you till the end.
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        Sanjay Agnihotri
        Jul 16, 2016 at 8:10 am
        In this movie Aishwarya Rai is a top Lawyer with no office (not even a work desk at home), no law books, no files, no istant and/or Junior Lawyer. She is a brilliant sprinter, knows more stunt than a stuntman. Obviously Irrfan Khan, the most decorated police officer does not have much to do except to watch the show.
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          sarabjeet kaur
          Apr 2, 2016 at 3:48 pm
          The film was fine overall. But the way it was shot, technically, (camera angles and such) were very predictable after 15 minutes of watching. Almost every scene was screaming "rule of thirds" and the scenes that were not, were just ordinarily shot and didn't really communicate innovation or any thing new. Also no hierarchy.
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            Naved
            Oct 11, 2015 at 9:05 pm
            Not now but tomorrow
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              Krishan
              Oct 10, 2015 at 12:17 am
              Good movie after long.
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                Kumar
                Oct 10, 2015 at 10:58 pm
                I dont know why people giving such stupid review comments. In India movie taste of people bacame so bad hering that this movie such review and channei express 300 cr. Laugh or cry
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                  Sara
                  Oct 10, 2015 at 2:04 pm
                  Totally flop,aish also flop.waste ov time n money
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