Film review: Salman Khan’s ‘Jai Ho’ is little more than a damp squib

All kinds of other inexplicable things happen in the film 'Jai Ho'.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: January 25, 2014 3:02 pm

Salman Khan's 'Jai Ho' is little more than a damp squib.
Salman Khan’s ‘Jai Ho’ is little more than a damp squib.

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

Director: Sohail Khan

The usual cautionary warning in the opening credits should have been replaced by this : in the making of this film, no Salman Khan fan was hurt.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 that’s all ‘Jai Ho’, like all Bhai vehicles, aspires to. But even for those that adore the man with agate bracelet, I’d 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 fellow’s goolies, and the colour of a girl’s underwear. Yes, that’s 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 doesn’t help that the Bhai’s love interest ( Daisy Shah) is singularly uninspiring, whose only performing asset is her very flexible waist.

This must have been set up to be Salman’s `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 D’Souza 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. It’s 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 Salman’s 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’. It’s not. It’s not even a no-holds-barred South remake either, despite its quarts of spurting blood and broken bones). Jai’s ‘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 Ho’s money shot. Maybe Bhai should have gone in for a muffler around the head, instead.

shubhra.gupta@expressindia.com

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    Ralph Brown
    Jan 26, 2014 at 6:20 am
    Jai ho is one of the best movie of salman khan , please help 3 person and they will help other 3 .Its a best message any movie can give , Its a must watch movie
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    bibhaspal
    Jan 24, 2014 at 9:43 am
    @shubhra.gupta@expressindia....I think you have a mission to blindly criticize...atleast your words seem so! You have given your feedback in very humiliating manner for the actors in Jai HO....It is better if you are become a bit less judge mental! Any way, if you keep up the good work this might fetch you big money in future!..!....!BibhasPal
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    Human Being
    Jan 28, 2014 at 9:26 am
    I am a big fan of Salman Sir. And hope this movie is super hit. But more than that I want people who has seen the movie to follow his message and spread it. This is the reason movie is made. And being human like Salman Sir. Hope Salman Sir motto is fulfilled.
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    sanu
    Jan 27, 2014 at 1:52 pm
    jai ho in salman khan
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    megha
    Jan 31, 2014 at 3:46 am
    TRULY THE WORST MOVIE EVER MADE
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    Neha Sharma
    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:36 am
    unbiased i don't think so, brutally honest, yes! But reviews are supposed to consider the view point of the mes too. You are no fan of salman khan, i suppose and it is perfectly alright but why are you so worried about why salman khan cried in the movie, wake up, it was not him, he was playing a character. What are actors like Tabu doing in the movie? well since you hold her in high regard then you should think it was a wise decision considering we have not seen her on the silver screen for quite some time. And please he is not the "universal bhaiya" so its high time people stop calling him that! Don't like a movie, don't watch it, if you are sing out money to watch it anyhow then at least don't ruin the fun for others by giving an opinionated version!!
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    Piyush
    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:05 am
    good one
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    srkhater
    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:15 am
    slman aaa chalo chalo..bollywood ka superstar aaa...he is unbeatable.jaiho is 100% better than dirty chennai express and mindless dhoom-3
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