Jai Ho



Jai Ho
Jai Ho
“JAI HO” is well-intentioned, but uninspiring, incoherent and tiringly preachy!
While its noble intentions are apparent, the lack of script and unrefined 90’s like treatment leaves you thoroughly disappointed. It basically feeds on the immense popularity of Salman Khan and low taste of the masses, who clap, roar and hoot on everything he does, no matter how little sense it all makes.


It’s the story of an ex-army officer, Jai Agnihotri (Salman Khan), who aims to make the world a better place to live in. A people`s man, he would go to any extent to help them solve their problems. Hecreates a nation-wide movement by convincing people to do a good deed for three people who must in turn each do good deeds for three other people.
The film is a remake of Telugu film “Stalin” starring Chiranjeevi, which in turn was loosely inspired by the Hollywood movie “Pay It Forward”. It advocates an idea, which is presented in such an insincerely emotional manner that it becomes annoyingly repetitive after a while. The screenplay is perhaps the worst you’ve seen in a Salman Khan film in a long time. And that says a lot, considering he’s given some massively dumb blockbusters in the recent past. Also, what baffles you is the lack of orderly continuity, with scenes jumping haphazardly, which eventually seems unrefined. In the first half, all you have is an assortment of various scenes with choreographed injustice followed by Salman Khan saving them with his out-of-the-world stunts. Then in the second half you have some schmaltzy scenes involving unnecessary disturbing developments, just to arouse the audience, where again Salman Khan is the saviour each time.
A film carrying a social message such as this needs a certain amount of sincerity in its soul, which is totally missing here. Each scene is tailored to garner hoots from the hoi-polloi and provoke them with utmost hollowness. I last remember seeing such scenes in the recent Sunny Deol starrer, “Singh Saab The Great”. The flashback story telling us about Salman’s expulsion from the Army is totally daft, as is a scene in towards the climax where his ex-commander (Sunil Shetty) brings an army tank to the city roads to his rescue. Now that just breaches all unsound benchmarks. The humour is another sore spot, which tries to be funny with vulgar implications, but fails at it completely. Of the songs, “Tere Naina” stands out as the only hummable track.
Among the performers, it goes without saying, Salman Khan is all that matters. But it’s really hard to critically analyse performances in a film like this. Yes, he does what he’s supposed to do, but he’s never required to really act. His presence is all that this film banks on. He does look a bit bloated throughout the film, except for the final fight scene where he takes his shirt off.  Tabu is good, but wasted, so is Danny Denzongpa. Debutant Daisy Shah is subpar with her acting skills, but dances beautifully. All others are mere caricatures.
In all, it’s a film that tries to bring about a change with a badly written script and unimaginative treatment, and ends up being a gloriously ridiculous fare seeking success solely by milking the magnanimous power of its leading star.

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