I'm surprised when Jai Ho kicked off with a groovy EDM song, believed that it would be a surprising cliche-less entertainer. But that's just me assuming something that would never happen. Thank you Salman Khan.
Thinking far too beyond, there is nothing inside to enlighten the plot. It's just Salman portraying his normal Being Human character who emerges with a noble idea, which was only effective on paper. Everything beyond this minimal initiative was just a mixture of commercial elements which includes Salman's throbbing roars and massive punches.
Talk about an obtuse witless screenplay, Jai Ho is a perfect example. Enormously layered with repetitive cliched scenes dealt with a social message, the story completely rushed with absolutely no development in it's approach which didn't really intrigue me even when it's playing safe with melodramatic ingredients in the first half.
Taking an immense turn with the introduction of an under developed villain, things started to make no sense whatsoever which ultimately leaves everything to Salman being the only hope for the humanity.
Considered as a movie for the masses, Jai Ho was even a huge mess when it tries to be commercial, over-the-top dumb action sequences, unamusing humour and impervious emotion was not pretty easy to take in.
Well shot with an impressive gorgeous canvas at times, the cinematography was tremendously outdated with it's retro zoom-in and zoom-out approach which is obviously terrible to look at.
Debutant Daisy Shah was decent with her performance, her character was hardly there for 20 mins in the movie similar to the other supporting actors namely Tabu, Danny Denzongpa, Pulkit Samrat and Sana Khan. The centre lead Salman Khan was not surprising for the most part, his terrible expressions during the action sequences and not so emotive appearance during the sentimental scenes are completely flat and was definitely a let down.
Nevertheless, Jai Ho tries to be a game changer with a strong social message, but was hugely misleaded with it's dreary screenplay and in-your-face commercial elements. It's definitely far away from being another blockbuster remake, but may entertain Salman's fans who don't really care about watching a well made movie. If you're not a supporter of the big guy decline it completely and save it for a rainy day rental.
My Rating - 2/5
Grade - C (Meh! Probably a rental)
-By Surya Komal aka KM