Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Sunny Leone, Sachiin Joshi, and Makrand Deshpande
Directed by: Kaizad Gustad
Produced by: Raina Sachiin Joshi
Written by: Kaizad Gustad
Music by: John Stewart
Release Date: December 13, 2013
Notorious filmmaker Kaizad Gustad has been famous for reasons both good and bad. None of his movies have been able to leave a mark on the Hindi film industry, each having a seemingly different plot every time, but all end up dooming quite badly.
While his first film Bombay Boys (1998) was an interesting cult film known more by its infamous rap song ‘Mumbhai’ than the story or performances, the next star-studded presentation Boom (2003) did little more than introducing Katrina Kaif to Bollywood, and rather blotted the records of actors like Amitabh Bachchan and Jackie Shroff.
Jackpot revolves around a group of self-proclaimed con-artists who team up with a gambling mafia to pull up a smart deal in a bid to make loads of money.
The simple plan goes awry when they find something that is likely to put all of them in deep trouble. How they get out of the pit and save their lives forms the rest of the story.
|Average plot with a little twist in the end, you must somehow pass the movie and wait for the climax.|
|Nothing impressive to write about, Naseeruddin Shah plays the colourful boss character well, the rest just play their part.|
|Kaizad’s style has been the same in all his movies and he doesn’t bring more joy this time, below average.|
|The whole outset of the film looks like some B+ grade movie, it could well have been shot in Alibaug instead of Goa.|
|Stylish songs that go with the theme of the movie, the duet is nice and melodious.|
|Signing Sunny Leone in your movie may help draw some audiences and make quick cash but a bad movie remains a bad movie. Review Scores by Saurin Shah.|
Luckily, Kaizad this time comes up with a consistent story and screenplay that maintains a decent pace until the end, as well as keep the audience curious until the truth is uncovered.
Only if the editing could have been more neat and the sequences more crisp the movie would have done better.
But you see a lot of time wasted after the interval and the real suspense remains why it was necessary to label each sequence with a strange chapter name such as ‘Fultu Bluff’ and what not!
In terms of performances, no one from the cast show any effort in doing justice to their respective roles. Sachiin looks too easy in his body language and lazy in delivering dialogues as Francis and sometimes make you forget he is supposed to be the hero and protagonist.
Sunny, the supposedly highlight and USP of the movie is done away with one-liners from beginning to end. She does well in acting out the only scenes that she is an expert in. She adds the glamour quotient and sets temperatures high as would have been hoped by the director.
In fact, Sunny had a more hefty role and better opportunity for acting in her first movie Jism 2 (2012). Naseeruddin Shah still tries to maintain his class in the role of stylish and colourful Boss. Makrand Deshpande also makes some effort to infuse a little humour in his role of cop Tukaram.
The producers have teamed up many composers and singers and have managed to get a beautiful melodious song ‘Kabhi jo baadal barse’ and club style numbers like ‘Full Jhol’.
Overall, I can give you only a few reasons to watch Jackpot; watch Sunny Leone sizzle on big screen or if you have long missed a suspense flick.