Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is finally making her comeback in Bollywood with Jazbaa, let’s have a look at what she has to offer this time.
Jazbaa is basically a faithful adaptation of the Korean film Seven Days and Sanjay Gupta plays it safe by not straying too far from the original. Aishwarya Rai plays the role of a competent defense attorney whose daughter gets kidnapped. As ransom, she is forced to defend a rapist played by Chandan Roy Sanyal. She needs to ensure that Sanyal walks free if she ever wants to see her daughter again. But our female protagonist is not about to take things lying down. She enlists the help of her longtime friend and tainted cop played by Irrfan Khan and together they try to track down her daughter.
The film works effectively as a hard-hitting thriller since it does not deviate much from the original. Gupta has added more dramatic elements to the mix but that doesn’t detract too much from the plot. However Aishwarya Rai hams her way through the drama so much that it gets comical at times. Otherwise, Jazbaa Aishwarya proves to be a perfect fit for the role and we are glad she is back on the job. Irrfan Khan on the other hand is brilliant in the role of the bitter but sarcastic cop and once more delivers a stand out performance. Khan brings his own class to every role he performs and we love him for it.
Jazbaa’s music by Amjad - Nadeem, Arko, Badshah and Sachin Jigar, is peppy and effective and wonderfully complements the movie.
Overall, Sanjay Gupta’s Jazbaa is a very watchable movie. Aside from a few over-the-top melodramatic scenes it works well as a thriller and offers a memorable performance by Irrfan Khan. We shall go with three stars for this movie.