Jazbaa- Stylishly thrilling
Anuradha Varma (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) is a successful criminal lawyer whose life turns topsy-turvy when her young daughter <g data-gr-id="29">Sanaya</g> (Sara Arjun) is kidnapped suddenly. As ransom, she is compelled to handle the case of a murderer and rapist Niyaaz (Chandan Roy Sanyal) and has to ensure he walks out free. Loaded with grey characters, “Jazbaa” is the transformation of a confident criminal lawyer into a helpless and frustrated mother, trying to rescue her daughter from her kidnappers. Aishwarya, seen on screen after a long hiatus, has a pivotal role, which she <g data-gr-id="26">fits to</g> perfection. Confident, erudite as a lawyer, she portrays the anguish of a single mother searching for her daughter with equal ease and aplomb. Irrfan as Inspector Yohan, who is Anuradha’s childhood friend, delivers one of his best performances. His character is multi-faceted: quirky, emotional, caring, efficient and corrupt. Cumulatively, these make his character interesting and endearing. Convicted for the rape and murder of Siya, daughter of professor Garima Chowdhary (Shabana Azmi), Chandan Roy Sanyal as Niyaaz manages to look the part of a dodgy and brazen criminal, but tends to overdo his character in certain scenes. Veteran actor Shabana Azmi with her commanding presence on <g data-gr-id="28">screen,</g> essays her character of an anguished mother, who has lost her daughter, brilliantly. Her balanced portrayal, juxtaposed with emotional but controlled outbursts, is a treat to watch. Jackie Shroff as Mahesh Maklai, an ambitious and ruthless politician, is competent, but adds nothing new to this oft-seen character. Siddhanth Kapoor as Sam Maklai, son of Mahesh Maklai, fails to impress even though he tries to bring histrionics to the screen in the bit role he has. Atul Kulkarni, as the public prosecutor, merely mouths dialogues and delivers those well, as expected of an actor of his calibre. But it’s just another lawyer in a Hindi film. There is no nuance to his flat character. The music is subtly and cleverly used and there are no unwarranted song sequences to break the uninterrupted viewing experience. “Jane <g data-gr-id="30">tere</g> <g data-gr-id="31">sheher</g> ka kya <g data-gr-id="32">irada</g> hai”, sung by Vipin Aneja, is soulful and touches your heart. With ample thrill and entertainment, this one is a good weekend watch.