When it comes to cinema starring Mr. Perfectionist there isn’t an ounce of doubt that it will be worth a watch. This master who started as child actor has conquered Bollywood much like a mesmerist, by giving us timeless classics to cherish. One such film that is integrated and instilled in our hearts is Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar.
Helmed by Aamir Khan’s cousin Mansoor Khan, the film is a story about the rat-race between two schools. However, at the crux of it, it is a tale where the rich dominates the poor, where money matters over love, where relations and friendship sway with the whiff of lie. The film is enthralling and entertaining all the same. It gets you involved and it influences you as much.
Set in the picturesque Doon valley the film revolves around the life of a happy-go-lucky lad Sanju (Aamir Khan) who comes from a lower middle class background. His father runs a derelict café and he is a student of Model College. As it happens there are other colleges in picture namely Rajput College, Queens College and Xaviers College. The students of these colleges come from affluent background and have always been overpowering Model College students with their high-end lifestyle. Sanju falls for a Queens College girl Devika but puts up a façade of being from Rajput College. This earns him the wrath of the Rajput College. Further, Sanju’s brother Ratan has been giving a tough competition to Rajput College cyclist and aims to win the cycle race that year. However, sly as they are, the students of Rajput College beat up Ratan and that makes Sanju take the lead as the cyclist. The film pans across different angles of Sanju’s life and traces how this good-for-nothing boy turns into a frontrunner!
Thoroughly inspiring, the film not only possesses a simplistically woven tight script and storyline but also boasts mature performances by all the actors, be it Ayesha Jhulka, Mamik Singh, Deepak Tijori, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Pooja Bedi or Deven Bhojani. The film which gives away great many life lessons has been linear in its approach. It is gritty, it is dramatic, it is amusing, it is funny, entertaining and it is celebration of spirits, packaged in one.
Speaking about the music of the film, not only the songs but also the background score is exhilarating. The background score is as much responsible to make the race scene epic as are the preceding songs.
Overall the film is alternated with reality for it is true to the core and a fact you can identify yourself with. It is interspersed with humor, emotions, action and is natural in its approach, which makes it one of the classics with repeat value.
We would have given it a 5 but the film does pose a few glitches. So 4.5 it is.