Sanjay Gupta basically has a plus point with this film primarily because he has a gripping tale of Seven Days (Korean Film) at hand. Also it has a strong supporting cast that keeps this film afloat. Jazbaa does not promise anything extraordinary. If you have missed Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in films, here is a treat for you. Irrfan Khan fans will surely enjoy this film.
Anuradha Varma (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) is a single mother and an extremely successful lawyer. She is anything but righteous and finds nothing wrong in defending those guilty. Yohan (Irrfan Khan) on the other hand is a cop who is undergoing a trial for corruption. He is Anuradha’s childhood friend and hence urges her to fight his corruption case that has him suspended. Anuradha is having a perfect life until her daughter gets kidnapped on her sports day from school. In exchange of her daughter’s release, Anu is forced to take up a case for Miyaz’s (Chandan Roy Sanyal) release. He is a convicted criminal for rape and murder.
Sanjay Gupta’s mystery is well made but kicks off in the second half. Irrfan’s character has the witty dialogues which are completely amusing. The story takes off in a cliched manner but gives you a twist when you least expect it. The problems can be found in detailing and hence even though we are shown that Irrfan is a suspended cop who even has an arrest warrant on him, the makers show him twice leading a team of cops to catch Sanaya’s kidnapper. Unfortunately, even though it is a mystery, Chandan Roy Sanyal’s Miyaz remains weak as a villain. Pre-interval, the film does not engage much. An addition to this part could easily have been a better representation of the mother-daughter bond. Also what seems disturbing is the court-room scenes become melodramatic.
It’s Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s comeback film and it is definitely a delight to see her on-screen again. While she looks brilliant as a stern advocate, She is a treat to watch as she has incomparable on-screen presence. She makes audiences feel her emotions. I wish this script gave her character more depth, more intensity and more importance. Irrfan Khan as always gives a tremendous performance. He gets the punchlines and he makes gold of it. Shabana Azmi is the true hero of the film. She puts up a brilliant act as an emotional mother of a rape victim who has been murdered. Chandan Roy Sanyal plays Miyaz the rapist whom Anuradha is defending. He is an actor of great potential but is misused in this film. His irrational antics do not suit to be a hate-worthy villain.
Gupta makes sure that his film picks up in the second half, just when you think the story is over. Unfortunately, a lot of time is wasted in shots of Mumbai overlooking the bay. Most of the shooting locations remain the same all through, mainly consisting of abandoned station junkyards. Even though the editing is tight with only a two hour run-time, the scenes of Aishwarya’s slow motion mourning seem to play forever in the film.More than Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, this film is laced with superb performances of Irrfan Khan and Shabana Azmi.
Rating: 3 Stars | 6/10