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Jai Ho

Release Date : 24 January 2014
Year : 2014
Banner : Eros International
Producer : Sunil Lulla , Sohail Khan
Director :
Genre : Action
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Total 4 Ratings




Jai, an upright common man is fighting a solitary war against corruption and injustice. Honest and incorruptible, he has made it his mission to help as many people as he can. His mantra is quite simple – help somebody and then request that person to lend a helping hand to somebody else – thus forming an ever growing circle of people helping each other.

In a strange twist of fate, he finds himself pitted against a powerful politician and his vile family. Jai who is an ex army officer, will not shy away from a battle, however bloody it may get and firmly believes that you do not have to wear an uniform to serve your country. As the politician unleashes his violent goons on brave heart Jai, Geeta, Jai’s sister, realises the horrific consequences this can have on her brother and the rest of their family.

She persuades a reluctant Jai to make peace with the politician. But when this leads to humiliation being heaped on him, Jai loses his cool and declares all out war. It is an unequal war – on side stand the politician with his numerous henchmen and on one side is Jai – alone.

But unknown to him, a silent revolution is taking place. The voiceless public, he has helped in the past, is gathering force. It finally has a voice and this voice cannot...will not be silenced.
Because Jai Ho is the resounding sound of victory... Jai Ho is the warrior cry of someone determined to win at all cost..


Salman Mania, With A Message

By Joginder Tuteja, MovieTalkies.com, 25 January 2014 3.5 / 5

What happens when a filmmaker borrows a thematic quotient a la Rajkumar Hirani, packs in bone crunching action Prabhu Dheva ishtyle and throws in a few ingredients from Rohit Shetty brand of cinema? Well, Jai Ho is the final outcome. Of course, there is always a chance of all of it turning into a khichdi. In that context, even though Jai Ho doesn't quite turn out to be uniformly relished 'hali, it has a spice or two from every dish that can be savored.

Of course, it is primarily the man who brings in the platter, Salman Khan, who makes it all possible as he makes it all piping hot. After that, it is the taste buds of the audience, both literally as well as figuratively, that give the most honest reaction.

All of this means that for quintessential Salman Khan fans, there is enough on the platter to pick and choose. Bhai ka bracelet, bhai ki dahaad, bhai ki bike, bhai ki body, bhai ki kick, bhai ki honesty - it is bhaigiri all the way which ensures that Jai Ho goes beyond the script.

Not that the script didn't have much to offer. As a matter of fact, the core story idea is quite impressive. 'If someone helps you, help three more, and ask them to continue the trend' - The core concept of 'paying it forward' is actually very pertinent, whether in the current times, or the ones gone by. However - and this is the most surprising part of the film - there is hardly any important sequence or highlight in the film where this idea is actually 'executed'. Told, preached, propagated, suggested, repeated - Yes, yes and even more yes. But bringing that into action? Naah, that doesn't quite happen, which is the sad part.

This is the reason why Jai Ho comes across as a film which has two parallel streams running that actually try to intersperse with each other, albeit not as seamlessly as one would have wanted. So on one side one gets to see the softer side of Salman Khan who wants the world to follow the path of peace and help. On the other hand he gets into a roadside panga, only to find himself sitting face to face with a Home Minister (Danny Denzongpa) who is inspired from the world created in Ghatak [the dog reference] and 'Indian' [play mind games with the hero].

Having said that, one must credit Sohail Khan for ensuring that there are individual elements in both streams that actually throw in ample moments - both in the first and the second half - to quickly get over any slack that may have been built in the narrative. The whole pretext of 'paying it forward' is established well with introduction of Genelia D'Souza's character, the drunkard (Sameer Khakhar from TV serial Nukkad), autowallah (Mahesh Manjrekar) and even a beggar girl child. On the other hand 'blink-and-you-would-miss' subplots of Vatsal Seth, Varun Badola, Tulip Joshi and Nauheed Cyrusi are a quick pass. How one wishes that escapades of the three cops – Aditya Pancholi, Pulkit Samrat and Sharad Kapoor – had an even larger presence, as was the case with Salman’s friends (Ashmit Patel, Yash Tonk).

As for Salman and his sister's (played by Tabu) endeavor of badla nahi, badlaav (which was recently evidenced in Anil Sharma and Sunny Deol's Singh Saab The Great) is constantly challenged by goons of different shapes and sizes. Due to this, Salman is forced to get into 8-10 major fight sequences, which makes it one practically every 15 minutes. So while he hits, kicks and punches with a Singham like ferocity, there is one particular sequence where practically 500 goons run away after Salman throws just 4-5 punches. Last one saw a man take on such a crowd was in Ram Charan Teja's Magadheera and still, the count there was just 100!

This is where the magic of Salman Khan comes in handy, as a result of which you want to join him once he takes on the goons who have put a haath on his sister's izaat. The pain in his eyes is all there to be seen and so is the euphoria when he goes bare chested in the climactic sequence.

Yes, that's the grand climax that one waits for in a Salman Khan film where the leading lady (Daisy Shah – confident, and a good dancer), negative force (Sana Khan - stereotypical) and a couple of dozen other supporting actors are there, well, just to support!

Joginder Tuteja tweets@tutejajoginder


Incorporates Different Sounds

By Nishevitha Vijayanand, MovieTalkies.com, 02 January 2014 2.5 / 5

Finally, the wait for a Salman Khan extravaganza is over! Jai Ho, produced by Salman Khan’s brother Sohail Khan is a remake of the Telugu movie, Stalin and stars Tabu, Suniel Shetty, Daisy Shah and Sana Khan among others. Salman regulars Sajid-Wajid are in-charge of the music department with some guest compositions from Amal Malik (son of Music Composer Dabboo Malik) and South composer, Devi Sri Prasad. Mass-friendly compositions are a given in Salman films and the music of Jai Ho is also expected to be on the same lines. Let us see whether Jai Ho delivers as promised.

Baaki Sab first Class Hai is exactly the kind of song one expects in a Salman Khan movie. A very run-of-the-mill composition that has just the right amount of crowd-pleasing beats, this one is a delight for Salman fans. Lyrics have never really been a strong point in most of Salman Khan numbers but this one (written by Sajid, Irfan Kamal and Danish Sabri) throws a pleasant surprise with its strong satirical comment on the political and socio-economic state of affairs of the society. With Wajid’s voice perfectly complementing Salman, Baaki Sab has in it to rapidly climb up the charts, in spite of its average tune. That apart, Baaki Sab being the signature number of this soundtrack it is but obvious that a remix is sure to find a place in the album. The Remix by DJ Angel except for the addition of a few danceable beats stays fairly close to the original version and is just about alright.

Tere Naina is the quintessential romantic melody that follows in the steps of Sajid-Wajid’s other melodies like Tere Mast Mast Do Nain and Dagabaaz Re. Sameer’s lyrics are simple and easy on the ears and Shaan and Shreya Ghoshal with the able support of Shabab Sabri make this one a pleasant listen. But if one has to be honest, Tere Naina is not exactly engaging beyond a point despite it being melodious. The reason being there have been too many songs similar to this one and Tere Naina just adds to this list.

The opening lines of Photocopy remind one of a Sanjay Leela Bhansali number with the semi- Gujarati lyrics (Kausar Munir) adding to the heard-before feeling. But very soon, typical Sajid-Wajid’s trademark style takes over and the song transforms more into the Munni mould. All said and done, Photocopy is special only because Himesh Reshammiya provides the vocals for Salman Khan with Keerthi Sagathia and Palak Muchhal providing good company to this Salman Khan protégé’. Other than that, this composition is danceable but quite ordinary. But all the same, it should enjoy middling popularity during the film’s run in the theatres. A dance number would obviously mean there is another Remix in the offing and that’s exactly what one gets. DJ Angel handles this one too and does a similar job as the Baaki Sab remix with a faster pace but otherwise relatively staying faithful to the original number.

Tumko To Aana Hi Tha is a departure from the usual Salman songs that one has come to expect in his films. This Amal Malik composed number reminds one of the songs from Tumko Na Bhool Payenge (which incidentally was part-composed by his father, Dabboo Malik). Written by Shabbir Ahmed, Tumko To has a generous dose of English lyrics and has a western feel to it. The use of Flute and other Western instruments only reinforces that feeling and the fresh voices of Armaan Malik, Altamash Faridi along with Marianne D’Cruz gives a very youthful touch to this romantic melody. This unconventional number is surely one of the better tracks of this album and is definitely worth a listen.

International music too finds a place in this album with House Music forming the base for the predominantly English worded Love you till the end. Amal Malik seems to have gone the extra mile to differentiate himself from the usual Bollywood composers by bringing in new sounds and fresh styles of music to the Hindi music arena. While the effort is quite commendable, this Armaan Malik written and sung number seems too ‘inspired’ by many western compositions and therefore, ends up looking more like a wannabe rather than something which is truly exciting.

Renowned South Composer Devi Sri Prasad who is known in Bollywood for Dhinka Chinka, the chartbuster from Ready (2011) is the man behind Naacho Re, a fusion dance number (written and composed by him) which most probably should serve as a vehicle to showcase the dancing skills of the film’s leading lady. Decently crooned by Ujjayinee, this one is more on instrumentation and less on vocalization. A cocktail of sounds, Naacho Re is not exactly up to the mark and unfortunately fails to deliver.

The final song in this album is the title track, Jai Ho composed by Amal Malik and written by Shabbir Ahmed. With Wajid and Armaan Malik leading from the front supported by backing vocals from Bhaven Dhanak, Brijesh Shandilya and Amal Malik, the song seems to be the clarion call that represents the theme of the movie. A well-intentioned soundtrack which is high on instrumentation but equally well represented by superlative lyrics, this one has the potential to climb up the charts, if well promoted.

Overall, the soundtrack of Jai Ho is quite satisfactory with the effort taken to incorporate different sounds and genres and not just cater to popular demand, something that is quite rare for a Salman Khan film, is praiseworthy. Though the results might be mixed, the effort deserves a special mention. It might not be an outright winner but Jai Ho surely deserves a hearing.

Our Picks: Baaki Sab First Class Hai, Tumko To Aana Hi Tha and Jai Ho.

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sallu rocks
Riyaz Syed, Jan 25, 2014
4 / 5
jai jai jai jai jaiho
great movie it is going to be
Manohar Raj, Jul 22, 2013
5 / 5
because salman is in it

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