Jawan Movie Review: King Khan Shah Rukh Khan in his most deadly action avatar delivers a full massy paisa vasool blockbuster
What: The power of King Khan Shah Rukh Khan is unstoppable in Atlee’s action-packed bonanza that sees the phenomenon SRK in his most deadly action avatar ever.
Jawan movie synopsis
A masked man (Vikram Rathod) and his gang of women - Laxmi (Priya Mani), Eeram (Sanya Malhotra), Ishkra (Girija Oak), Kalki (Lehar Khan), Helena (Sanjeeta Bhattacharya) and Janvi (Aaliyah Qureishi) have hijacked a Mumbai metro train during the busy hours. The masked old bald man played by Shah Rukh Khan asks for a ransom of whooping forty thousand plus crores from a top shot businessman Kalee Gaikwad (Vijay Sethupathi). In the hijacked train daughter of Kalee is also travelling. The masked man whispers a name to the daughter of Kalee – the name Vikram Rathore. Who is Vikram Rathore?.
In the next mission the masked man kidnaps the health minister and again a ransom is demanded through the same negotiator - police officer Narmada (Nayanthara). What is this mysterious masked man upto?. What is the connection between Kalee and this masked man? What is the mission of this women gang? What is the agenda? All questions get answered.
An out and out action bonanza. A true mass appealing action dhamaka. The trailer gave a hint of a blockbuster and Atlee in his trademark style has delivered what the public wants in style.
The opening gives the feeling of an epic and after a while when the mask man enters the metro train, it does remind of those money spinners like Gabbar Is Back, Aparichit, Indian etc. a common man revolting against the system and raising relevant concerns like farmers suicide, health facilities in Govt hospitals etc.
Here the aam aadmi/common man is old like Kamal Hassan in Indian, Naseeruddin Shah in A Wednesday but Atlee’s style is more similar to Shankar or say the mega budget entertainers coming from south that carry a message.
Atlee knows the pulse of the audience and in Jawan he makes the fans of Shah Rukh Khan and action buffs happy with continue adrenaline rush and mind-blowing action sequences. The audience will be at the edge of their seat.
Atlee plays to the gallery in his narration though there is a strong south air surrounding the proceedings but still the emotions and actions are earned for every entertainment/mass/action masala hungry soul anywhere in India.
The dialogues will make the front benchers happy.
Anyhow, the creative liberties taken here is of high order and non-takers will find it difficult to digest such massy action-packed entertainers coming without much logic. Jawan has sequences after sequences of been here done that, people popping without any build up in abundance.
However, the golden rule of a solid mass entertainer is followed – Jawan has a bang on start, a terrific whistle blowing interval point and a keepworthy climax.
Shah Rukh Khan is deadly, a show of the phenomenon called SRK all the way, Jawan is a testimony that the King of romance always wanted to be an action hero ( Baazigar, Darr, Ram jaane) just to name a few. The dimples here are replaced by fiery eyes, blood rolling, swashbuckling avatar as the man who is unbeatable in those awesome combat scenes. The cigar smoking avatar – killer true killer.
Vijay Sethupathi is villainous and uses his unique mannerism and subtility to make his villainy rise above the norms.
Nayanthara is outstanding and looks fabulous with Shah Rukh Khan.
Priya Mani is fantastic. Sanya Malhotra is excellent. Lehar Khan is fabulous. Girija Oak leaves her mark. Sanjeeta Bhattacharya makes her presence felt. Seeza Saroj Mehta as the cute little girl is adorable. Sunil Grover is wasted so are Eijaz Jhan, Ridhi Dogra and Ashlesha.
Other supporting actors like Omkar Das Manikpuri, Naresh Gosain, Ashwin Kaushal, and Mukesh Chhabra are fine.
Deepika Padukone in a special cameo shines.
And last but not the least, Sanjay Dutt is marvellous – an added bonanza.
Production values are top-notch. G K Vishnu's cinematography is excellent. T Muthuraj's production design is adequate.
Action by Spiro Razatos, Anl Arasu, Craig Macrae, Yannick Ben, Kecha Khamphakdee and Sunil Rodrigues' is visually stunning and mind blowing. Ruben's editing is crisp.
Anirudh’s music is a major let down, however the background is fabulous. What was this Ramaiya.. thing.. seriously.., why?
Jawan – final words
Jai Jawan, Jai Shah Rukh Khan. Love action packed mass masalas? Go for it now.
Going with a happy four stars, as Happy days are here again for Hindi cinema bole toh Bollywood (one star extra for that SRK in that deadly avatar – smashing bones while smoking cigars). You just want to get up and clap.
Watch Zinda Banda song from Jawan