Writer/director Sanjay Gupta needs to give a whole box of throat lozenges to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. All you care about is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who shows so much sincerity that you wish she had worked with another Sanjay who brought out the best in her in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.
Jazbaa's narrative has pace and power. From screeching car sequences to emotionally-charged showdowns between his accomplished lead cast; the film throbs. Gupta, known to be sounder with technique than story-telling (many of his films have been foreign inspirations), has got it right this time. Which is not to say that there are no flaws.
Aishwarya Rai looks gorgeous and gutted as the scene requires her to be, but it is the supporting cast of Jazbaa -- Irrfan Khan and Shabana Azmi who lift the film several notches above. If you enjoy whodunits, watch it. You won't see the suspense coming.
The film's fast, pacy and taut screenplay (Sanjay Gupta and Robin Bhatt) is one of the highlights of the film. Despite the film's narrative that keeps you glued to your seats, there are a few overdramatic scenes which seem a little out of place in this edgy thriller. A handful of flaws notwithstanding, the film's director Sanjay Gupta emerges a winner with his much-awaited film. On the whole, Jazbaa is a captivating thriller with good performances that make it a decent one-time watch.
The film is convoluted and over-plotted, as a whole. Sanjay Gupta’s ability to create menace and a sinister sense of place is overwhelmed by the film’s need to showcase the lead actor. Now if only Aishwarya Rai Bachchan could have underplayed.
Jazbaa is a film which thrives on style and Gupta knows how to present a thriller. Aishwarya Rai and Irrfan will take you to a new territory and then keep you there for most of its 130-minute duration. Jazbaa is a good watch this weekend.
Gupta moves through his screenplay swiftly, the breakneck pace glossing over many of the script's holes. In Aishwarya he's cast a famously earnest star who gives the role all she's got - at times, though, you'll wish she gave a little less. Nothing hurts the senses more than the sepia-soaked yellow-green lighting that gives the film a post-apocalypse videogame-like effect. Frankly it delivers more than its awful trailer promised. But good luck protecting your eyes and ears from this sensory overload.
Jazbaa is never particularly pulsating despite being occasionally intriguing. It springs a few surprises, especially in the climax, but its principal characters, the legal eagle and the cop, respond in largely predictable ways to the threats posed by the flawed system that they work within. Overall, Jazbaa feels like a wasted effort, a clear case of superficial style triumphing over substance by a fair distance.
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. Melodrama clubbed with slo-mo is extremely irritating in the film. 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 certainly enjoy.