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(U/A) (2015)



2 hrs 2 mins

11  Audience Reviews

110 Ratings

Release Date

09 Oct 2015
Critics Reviews Audience Reviews Updated: October 09, 2015 05:33 PM IST

Jazbaa Review

Director Sanjay Gupta has managed to give an entertaining, gripping thriller to watch this weekend, with the stunning world beauty leading the story.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is made to seem like the star of the movie, while she has given her best and performed really well, barring some overacting scenes, she gets overtaken by others. Irrfan Khan stands out as the uber cool cop and his camaraderie with hyper active Aish is quite commendable.

Sanjay could have spared us the over exaggerated melodrama but at the end of the day, Jazbaa is a great weekend watch and entertaining movie that you will enjoy watching!


Jazbaa's narrative has pace and power. From screeching car sequences to emotionally-charged showdowns between his accomplished lead cast; the film throbs. Which is not to say that there are no flaws. The green hue overshadows Mumbai's skyline.

Aishwarya is rusty at the start but eventually takes charge of the dual aspects of her character. Once in the groove, her eyes breathe fire. Irrfan breezes past with clap-trap Kamlesh Pandey dialogues, such as --Mohabbat hai is liye jaane de raha hoon, zidd hoti toh baahon mein hoti. Shabana is flawless. Aishwarya has made a judicious screen choice after that five-year hiatus!

Director Sanjay Gupta already has half the battle won, as the story inspired by Korean film Seven Days is fast paced and guaranteed to keep you hooked for most part.

Aishwarya perfectly looks the part and even does a fairly decent job, barring certain emotional scenes where she clearly goes over the top. Sanyal's character is caricaturish. Otherwise a good actor, he seemed to be struggling to find a solid footing. Shabana Azmi, who plays the mother of a rape victim, is effortless and adds value to the film.

If only Sanjay Gupta had gone a little easy on the unnecessary and intrusive melodrama. Even then, it's a good one time watch for sure.

A top female lawyer is forced into defending a criminal after her daughter is abducted. ‘Jazbaa’, based on Korean thriller ‘Seven Days’, is fashioned as a hard-edged courtroom-drama, where the protagonist wears sharp power trouser suits and wields a smart mind, and the tale is sprinkled with kinks, drugs, rape, violence and murder.

The trouble with the film, all familiar green-tones and dark angles and panoramic views of the Mumbai skyline, is that it sticks too close to its brief, which is, clearly, to bring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan back in our midst. And to topline her above all else.

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