Like most Salman Khan’s films ‘Jai Ho’ is a full-on entertainer. His earlier films ‘Wanted’, ‘Dabangg’, ‘Bodyguard’, ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ and ‘Dabangg 2’ did superb business at the Box Office and ‘Jai Ho’ may prove to be even better for the Being Human star. The film is directed by Sohail Khan; ‘Jai Ho’ is an absolute entertainer with a thought inciting message. The title of the film is fitting as the central character `Jai` played by our star Salman Khan is a suspended army officer, who taunts to fight against the powerful. He has confidence in spreading a helping hand to those in need and who has visions of an affluent nation where everybody helps each other. His sister Geeta played by Tabu knows his strengths and is proud to be the sister of Jai. His friends played by Yash Tonk and Ashmit Patel follow in his routes and are ever ready to assist him or anyone in need. The whole film revolves around the idea of spreading a helping hand and asking them to return favours by helping three other people and taking the chain onward. With ‘Jai Ho’, Salman Khan has been able to deliver one of the best performances of his career and bear a very humble yet a strong message through this highly gratifying movie.
The film endorses the belief that even one man can make a difference if he determines to do so. It is all about the power of your average individual. Debutant Daisy Shah as expected, had very little to add to the film but the newbie does have a robust screen manifestation. She may need meaty roles in future to demonstrate her acting but she looked fairly good in the film. Tabu as `Geeta` and veteran theatre personality Nadira Babbar as Jai’s mother have been marvellous. They incarnate strength and support a man pursues from his family. Tabu comes across as a fiery woman who believes in creating an uproar against the oppressors. You will be surprised to see a number of popular and renowned faces essaying character roles in the film. Genelia D’Souza comes across as a handicapped girl and Vikas Bhalla as her brother, Mahesh Manjrekar as an auto rickshaw driver, Mohnish Behl as the Chief Minister, Danny Denzogpa as the Home Minister, Mukul Dev as Denzogpa’s son-in-law, Tulip Joshi, Varun Badola, Aditya Pancholi, Pulkit Samrat, comedian Sudesh Lehri and last but not the least, Suniel Shetty as an army officer.
The film also features ‘Bigg Boss’ fame Santosh Shukla and Sana Khan portraying significant roles. Dissimilar from Salman’s previous films, ‘Jai Ho’ isn’t a standard masala movie. However, Sohail does take filmic freedom but he considers the main theme of the film. The action sequences are really good and why wouldn’t they be? After all it’s about good man Salman Khan against those who are bad. If you are a Salman Khan fan, then you are certainly in for a great watch. The music in the film has its share of pluses and minuses. The song ‘Apna Kaam Banta’ is a combination of foot-tapping music and some hard hitting lyrics. ‘Tere Naina’ is melodious and will remind you of ‘Tere Mast Mast Do Nain’ and ‘Tera Naina Bade Daghabaaz Re’ from ‘Dabangg’ and ‘Dabangg 2’ respectively. But the other numbers are just above average. Armaan Malik’s ‘Tumko Aana’ is a beautiful blend of superbly written lyrics and splendid vocals. ‘Photocopy’ as well adds fun to this entertaining film! The dialogues are unpretentious and connect with the audiences. The action sequences have been shot to perfection and the cinematography is clean and notable. The Khan Brothers have a winner with ‘Jai Ho’ and it is commendable for pulling off a film of this magnitude. The Bollywood Tempest rates ‘Jai Ho’ a deserving 9/10.