There was a time, when Bollywood used to lift directly from Hollywood and in some cases, they used to copy paste entire scenes from Hollywood films. Times have changed; Hollywood studios are now making inroads into the Indian film industry.
Sanjay Gupta the inspired film maker, finally makes a film which is an official remake of a Korean thriller, Seven Days (2007). Let me tell you at the outset, I have not seen the Korean film so it would difficult for me to say how this has turned out compared to the original.
Bollywood sporadically makes films which has a female lead as the protagonist, like Queen or Khoon Bhaari Mang and Mother India to name a few. Jazbaa is one of those few films, where the protagonist is the female lead.
Jazbaa is touted to be the comeback vehicle of Aishwarya Rai and directed by Sanjay Gupta who as far I can remember did not have a single female character of importance in his films earlier.
Jazbaa is filled with loopholes, which are big enough to fill caters of moon. When it is established that Anuradha (Aishwarya Rai) will fight a case for anyone with money, then why does someone kidnap her daughter, when he could have easily offered her money to fight the case.
Jazbaa is a classic example of miscasting, it has so many actors of talent and repute yet none of them are given scope to perform or get enough screen time. It is sad to see Abhimanyu Singh and Atul Kulkarni wasted in such miniscule roles.
The main lead Aishwarya who plays the role of lawyer Anuradha which incidentally happens to be the name of Sanjay Gupta’s wife, hams like there is no tomorrow. Sorry to say this but glycerin and bloodshot eyes is not what great acting is all about.
The background score by Amar Mohile deserves a special mention, for the man seems to get worse with each film.
Another key element which always has been a highlight of Sanjay Gupta’s films is the action scenes, in this film you hardly get to see any action scenes which are brilliantly executed.
Of course, the colorist (whoever it is) deserves a special mention for turning everything into green for no reason; they could have renamed this movie as Hariyali.
Jazbaa deals with a sensitive issue of rape, and victim blaming. It is unfortunate that rape victims are always blamed for their action or way of dressing or how they behave. What makes Jazbaa more complicated or superficial is that it uses all the clichés like drug addiction, a modern independent girl with male boyfriends etc. as attributes of a rape victim, as if the makers hinting this would not happen if she was living with her parents.
Other thing which bothered me is the idea of justice in the film. Even when the victim is due to get justice via the legal framework, the victim’s kin goes out of the way to subvert judicial process, in order to satisfy her thirst for vengeance.
Retribution and justice are two different things; the film seems to mix up both.
Sanjay Gupta suddenly seems to found his social consciousness and wants to be a film maker with responsibility, this also explains a U/A certificate for a Sanjay Gupta film which is a rare thing.
Hope Sanjay gets backs to what he does best, glorifying gangsters, guns and babes. Till then you can skip Jazbaa in theatres.