Jai Ho, Bollywood's this year's jackpot, hit the theatres last Friday and is receiving mixed response. The film, on which a lot of expectations are riding on, hasn't netted the expected opening sum but still considered a hit. The nature of reviews came from the critics were same. As Jai Ho is a masala entertainer, it couldn't impress the intelligentia of the country. From a business point of view, Jai Ho has collected 60.68 crores within three days and Salman camp expects it to hit the 100 crore club within the coming week.
Salman Khan said in an interview, "people loved the film and response was phenomenal but I think my fans don't have the money to go to theatres." One of the reasons of Salman-Daisy Shah starrer Jai Ho's luke warm opening in the country would be his visit to Gujarat to Meet CM Narendra Modi. Anyway, film can still charge up from the coming Monday and meanwhile, let us take a look at what the critics of the country have to speak about Jai Ho.
Raja Sen, Rediff- Jai Ho: Critics' Review
Imagine a movie theatre full of 14-year-old girls getting their first glimpse of Michael Jackson (Or McCartney. Or Bieber. Pick a generation) except with grown men shrieking instead of preteen girls. (During the climactic fight sequence, these men raucously yelled 'kapda utaar', breathlessly exhorting their bhai to peel off his shirt and make their day. It's more blatantly than any of our leading ladies get objectified, that's for sure.)
Rajeev Masand, IBN live
Salman Khan goes into messiah mode as he rescues innocent children from a terrorist outfit, returns a kidnapped baby to its harrowed parents, writes an exam paper for a handicapped student, and repeatedly takes down swarms of bad guys who dare stand in his way. He's 'being human' - make that 'superhuman' - in director-brother Sohail Khan's well-intentioned but frankly naïve drama Jai Ho
Times of India
Combining the mood-of-the nation-capturing strengths of Raju Hirani with the nonsensical brutality of Michael Bay, the Brothers Khan have churned out an idealistic smartly timed allegedly patriotic drama that clocks 'mental' (incidentally its former title) on a scale of 1-to-Gadar
Rohit Khilnani, India Today
Sometimes Bollywood's heroes can give the ones in Hollywood a run for their money. Salman Khan is our very own Hulk. Except turning green, he does everything that the Hulk does. When someone gets him angry he can beat people to a pulp!
Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV Movies
Jai Ho is a virtual parade of actors whose movie careers are in desperate need of assistance - Ashmit Patel, Yash Tonk, Mohnish Behl, Nauheed Cyrusi, Tulip Joshi, Bruna Abdullah, Sana Khan, Aditya Pancholi, Sharad Kapoor, Varun Badola, Santosh Shukla and the like.
Salman Khan and his ground smashing, perfectly done, action scenes. For a change, the actor has to himself, a story that has its heart in the right place. Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters India: Five minutes into Sohail Khan's "Jai Ho", lead actor Salman Khan beats up scoundrels, saves a damsel in distress and breaks into a dance number (along with thousands of background dancers wearing orange sunglasses), singing about what is wrong with India.
Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters India
Five minutes into Sohail Khan's "Jai Ho", lead actor Salman Khan beats up scoundrels, saves a damsel in distress and breaks into a dance number (along with thousands of background dancers wearing orange sunglasses), singing about what is wrong with India