Critically acclaimed filmmaker Sanjay Gupta's last film 'Shootout At Wadala' was a power packed affair and hence obviously, anticipations and expectations for yet another blockbuster were imminent. So here we are with 'Jazbaa', Sanjay Gupta's latest offering, but will the film be able to keep up with all the expectations, let's analyze.
'Jazbaa' tells the story of a lawyer Anuradha Verma (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) who has never lost a case in her entire career and who is also a single mother. All of a sudden, in a twist of fate, her little daughter gets kidnapped and thereafter she receives a call from the kidnapper who wants her to take up the case of a dreaded criminal Miyaaz Shaikh (Chandan Roy Sanyal) who has been convicted for the crime of raping and killing the young daughter of another single mother Garima Chaudhary (Shabana Azmi). The kidnapper wants the criminal to be set free and threatens Anuradha that if she fails to accomplish her task, he will kill her daughter. She is aided in her mission by suspended cop Inspector Yohan (Irrfan Khan). Will Anuradha be able to defy all odds and accomplish her mission of getting a convicted criminal set free and will she be able to get her little daughter back from the clutches of the kidnapper forms the reminder of the story.
Coming to terms with the acting part in the film, well, Ash is back with a bang and how!! She is spot on target and carries the film almost entirely on her shoulders. Needless to say, Aishwarya has managed to portray each and every aspect of acting with elaan. Further the only reason we said that Ash carried the film 'almost entirely' on her shoulders is that we have yet another heavyweight who needs special mention. Yes, none other than Irrfan Khan. Irrfan is just getting better and better with each film and this one is no different. Well, the next shoulder who carries the film, is indeed Irrfan's as he is in sublime form yet again and looks absolutely effortless in every department in the film. His acting is needless to say supreme but also the dialogues which he mouths are going to fill the theatres with some 'seetis' for sure, especially the one dialogue where he says "Yeh toh mohabbat hai isliye jaane diya, zidd hoti toh baahon mein hoti." Both Aishwarya and Irrfan are the backbones of 'Jazbaa'. The supporting cast which includes Chandan Roy Sanyal, Shabana Azmi and Atul Kulkarni also manage to do justice to their roles. Jackie Shroff is wasted as he does not have much to do in the film.
Both the cinematography and editing of the film are commendable as the film manages to keep you hooked throughout and on the edge of your seat too on numerous occasions neither does the film get laggy or stretchy at any point of time.
There is nothing very special to mention about the music of the film though as none of the songs are so special frankly. Director Sanjay Gupta has done a fine job with 'Jazbaa' as it has a gripping storyline which keeps you glued to your seat. 'Jazbaa' is indeed a well directed and a well made suspense thriller and it also has a shocking climax which is least expected. Full marks to Sanjay Gupta, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Irrfan Khan and also the supporting cast. Book your tickets right away if you like well made suspense thrillers and one with a good revelationary climax.