After months of great expectations and hype from both excited fans and media, Salman Khan's Jai Ho surfaced. Jai Ho, a remake of AR Murugaddos's Telugu flick Stalin that featured Mega Star Chiranjeevi, is a highly thrilling action film, targeted mainly at Salman Khan fans. In a Salman Khan movie that is created just to become a Rs 200 crore earning Blockbuster, you can see a lot of mega plot holes which you should ignore if you want to enjoy it. When you are going to watch Jai Ho, you are not going with a mindset of watching a Fellini or Bergman film. This is a superstar commercial film, catered for a particular set of audience and when taken in that context, the movie is good in its own way.
The story revolves around Jai Agnihotri (Salman Khan) who is an ex-army Major who lives to help people. The idea is that when somebody helps you, you don't tell him/her 'Thank You', but instead help three other people in return and tell them to help three others too. Jai, thanks to his never-ending fight for justice, is framed by the home minister for the crimes he never committed. Whether he comes out clean or not forms the crust of the story. The story has a progression of sorts and could be digestible even by a non-Salman fan, even though it is not at all new.
Jai Ho is, without any doubt, Salman Khan's show, but the director has cleverly cast good actors for key roles, so that the emotional conflict in the film will work fine. Irrespective of the nature of the film, Tabu delivers a mature and natural performance as Salman's sister. Daisy Shah plays the essential love interest of the hero. Salman and Daisy have a good chemistry, which is very visible on screen.
Jai Ho is a treat for action movie fans, as it has a lot of innovative and powerful stunt scenes in it. Even though the film begins with cliche scenes and songs, somewhere in the middle, it starts catching the threshold it desperately needed. If you have anything to look for in Jai Ho, it is the scenes that lead Salman to punch the villains. Sohail Khan, surprisingly, has managed to get all the actors to present their best for all emotional scenes.
Santhosh Shukla, a former Big Boss contestant, has done a small negative role, but has delivered a unique performance. All the actors have done their part well, except for Ashmit Patel who fortunately doesn't have a meaty role in this film. The climax fight scene is quite realistic and has a lot of blood in it. It just reminds you of the climax action scene in John Abraham's Force. Bangalore-based stunt choreographer Ravi Verma has done a great job and his thrills are the USP of this Salman Khan film.
The technical department of this film has done a commendable job. National Award winner Sabu Cyril served as the art director for this movie, while highly acclaimed cinematographer Santhosh Thundiyil handled the camera. Even though the songs are not that impressive, the movie has all the potential to become a blockbuster.
Jai Ho is solely powered by Salman Khan who gives his fans some cheap thrills and ends up with one more commercial hit to his credit.