'Jai Ho' Review Roundup: Salman Khan's Typical Masala Entertainer

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By Ankita Mehta | January 24, 2014 5:17 PM EST

Though Salman Khan starrer "Jai Ho" has received mixed reactions from commentators, audiences have given a thumbs up to the film.

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The film is a political drama, which tells the story of military man Jai Agnihotri. The film, which is a remake of Telugu film "Stalin" features Tabu, Daisy Shah, Danny Denzongpa and Suniel Shetty in important roles.

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Kamaal R Khan, who claims to be one of the top critics, has said: "#JaiHo is Rajive Gandhi Rozgar Yojna for all the bhoole Bisre actors actresses of Bollywood. You will be able to see each n every1 in Jai Ho. It's interval n #JaiHo got 90 out of 100 from me.

"#JaiHo is best film of Sohail Khan till date. I give 4* to #JaiHo. Bhai Jaan @BeingSalmanKhan #JaiHo is good and 1-2 jagah aap film main Gando lage ho. Hahahaha

"I watched #ChennaiExpress n #Dhoom3 also with public but today I agreed tat Salman's fans r totally crazy. They do full HUD Dang in theatre.

"If No.1 critic KRK has given 4* to #JaiHo n you still have doubt about success of the film then undoubtedly you are no.1 idiot of this world."

Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama said: "JAI HO does not fall into the WANTED, DABANGG, READY, BODYGUARD, EK THA TIGER or DABANGG-2 space. And yet it does! This one focuses on a conflict and how the protagonist takes it up, which is reminiscent of the much-admired MUNNABHAI series. One can also draw parallels between JAI HO and the current political scenario, since it looks at the power the common man yields today. Additionally, JAI HO carries a noble message that could bring about a change in the society for the better, with Salman playing a righteous Samaritan. 

"Although a remake, JAI HO follows the Rajkumar Hirani formula of addressing an issue, but at the same time Sohail Khan makes sure that the audience, especially the die-hard fans of Salman Khan, gets its dose of entertainment. Salman is *not* the prototypical superhero or the tough guy you expect him to be, in the initial portions of the film. The first half focuses primarily on the sub-plots, beginning with his relationship with his mother [Nadira Babbar], sister [Tabu] and sweetheart [Daisy Shah]. He's the aam aadmi who's making attempts to make the world a better place in his own small way. The conflict between the protagonist and the antagonist comes to the fore only towards the post-interval portions, when the two factions collide. It's at this point that the film changes tracks, with Salman donning the avatar of the avenger and setting things right. 

"On the whole, a noble, well-intentioned message narrated in an entertaining format in a Salman Khan movie, who, as we all know by now, is the much endeared hero of the masses, makes JAI HO a sure-shot winner. In fact, it won't be wrong to state that JAI HO easily ranks amongst Salman's better films. This one has the potential to emerge a Blockbuster at the box-office."

Sneha May Francis of Emiratess24/7 said: "Well, 'Jai Ho' is Salman's attempt at resurrecting another brother's career. Not just that, it's also an effort to help his closest pals, who've either done their Bollywood stint or whose career never really took off, giving them each a part that exposes Salman's immense generosity.

"While Salman loyalists might applaud and hoot, and ensure their star remains unaffected at the movie box-office, it's the other discerning movie-watchers who are left rather disappointed.

"So, with so much going on, and nothing really, 'Jai Ho' is just a glorious canvas that piggybanks heavily on Salman's colossal popularity. Head out only if you are a Salman supporter, if not, this social campaign might appear unimaginatively tiring."

 Manjusha Radhakrishnan of Gulf News said: "Perhaps, Salman Khan had a point when he said making films with a social message is tricky as it could get preachy or didactic. So what does Sohail Khan do? Insert some razzle-dazzle with newcomer Daisy Shah. She's looks good in those flimsy saris and barely-there blouses. 

"The story of Jai Ho is far too simplistic to be taken seriously. While it's laudable that Khan plays the righteous Samaritan, he doesn't progress beyond the help-each-other-out phase. The gory action sequences are all orchestrated to highlight Khan's buffed- up body and there's one too many. The climax in which Khan's shirt rips to show a gleaming, magnificent torso might make this journey less painful. Tabu of The Namesake fame plays the token elder sister who supports her brother unconditionally. She's good but when you are watching a Salman Khan, it's all about him. Jai Ho isn't any different. Physically, Khan, 48, doesn't look a day older than 35 and is in fine physical shape.

"While the notion that the power of the common man shouldn't be underestimated is noble in Jai Ho, I wish its makers had also remembered not to underestimate their common sense."

Mohar Basu of Koimoi.com said: "When it's a grand Salman Khan affair, critics' opinions are just trash talk from a bunch of envious buffoons who can't digest the man's success. But since I'm entrusted with the task of critiquing it, here I go. Sohail Khan's Jai Ho is a nobly conceived product that disintegrates into a regular Salman Khan affair ala Dabangg with high octane action and irreverent dialogues. It's bewildering to witness all the Gandhian sermons in a masala fillum but the novelty loses itself in the repetitive-ness of its plot. Finally, the film fails to ennoble itself beyond what the contours of the script holds for it. Lacking the quirky fun of Dabangg or Ek Tha Tiger, Jai Ho simply furthers Salman's Being Human status. However, it still scores over all of Salman's works put together for its ability to translate the common man's simmering anger into a Utopian and satisfying climax. A definite not-miss!

"Salman's movies are never about the script but about how well the scheme of things help in using the actor's star power. But to its credit Jai Ho has an efficient story to itself. What falls limp is the frail execution of the film.

"Sohail Khan attempts to create a positive jingoism of warmth and goodness. But the director fails to fabricate the genuineness as it doesn't emerge with the required intensity due to the over enthusiasm of its screenplay The preaching is overdone and had it not been for Salman Khan the film would have been entirely unwatchable.

"Jai Ho is fascinating in parts and fumble in the rest. Salman Khan and his convincing rendering is what makes this film work for me. The most interesting thing that comes out of it is the message that it isn't very hard being Human. Jai Ho might have overdone it but the message is memorable."

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