Jazbaa: Film Review – Gritty, Engaging and Entertaining

Verdict: A gripping narrative about a mother’s love.

There’s no form of love as unconditional as a mother’s love. And few films have depicted this as wonderfully as the Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Irrfan Khan-starrer, Jazbaa.

Aishwarya plays Anuradha Verma, an advocate known for her ability to win any case. Disaster strikes when Anuradha’s daughter, Sanaya, is kidnapped, and her only way out is to defend Niyaaz (Chandan Roy Sanyal), an alleged murderer and rapist. With Sanaya’s life at stake, her mother must go to any extreme to prove Niyaaz’s innocence. Though the concrete evidence against him is a major hurdle, Anuradha has her trusted best friend and celebrated cop, Inspector Yohann (Irrfan Khan), to help her.

Jazbaa is an intriguing crime-drama. However, it is primarily a tribute to a mother’s love. The film explores different facets of motherly love. The love of a mother who must fight to save her child, the love of a mother who has already lost her child, and the love of a mother who was never given a chance to be a parent. Jazbaa presents them in different ways – some more shocking than others – and it does this with an effectiveness that must be appreciated.

A huge part of why this works is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan‘s portrayal of Anuradha Verma. The actress gives this performance her all, and it shows. She is believable as the distraught mother who must go against everything she believes in, just to save her daughter. Aishwarya also wonderfully portrays the dichotomy between morality and selfishness. Irrfan Khan, who plays her best friend and support system, is also noteworthy in his portrayal. He effortlessly delivers zingers that are instantly quotable. However, the witty one-liners might not appeal to everyone, given their context. The lead actors share a great dynamic that makes them a delight to watch onscreen. The real surprise packages of the film, however, are Jackie Shroff and Shabana Azmi. Though they are both seen in brief appearances, their performances will leave an indelible mark on the viewer’s mind.

Another point that works in Jazbaa‘s favor is its cinematography. It doesn’t take a film critic to see that the film is aesthetically pleasing. This, combined with the intriguing plot, will make it difficult for you to look away from the screen. Yes, it might seem like Jazbaa has a fairly straightforward plot, but the movie promises more twists and turns than you might anticipate. It also has just enough sub-plots to keep you entertained without confusing the $#!t out of you.

All things considered, Jazbaa is sharp, well-acted and gritty. Though this could’ve easily led to a "too serious film", Jazbaa manages to entertain. Director Sanjay Gupta deserves a round of applause for striking this balance.

Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Featuring strong performances, combined with an engaging story and stunning cinematography, Jazbaa is a thorough entertainer. If you’re looking for a high-octane crime-drama to watch, this is the film for you.

Release Date: Oct 9, 2015
Language: Hindi
Director: Sanjay Gupta
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Cast & Crew: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Irrfan Khan, Shabana Azmi, Anupam Kher, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Jackie Shroff, Atul Kulkarni, Abhimanyu Shekhar Singh
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