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Jai Ho
Producer: Sohail Khan
Director: Sohail Khan
Starring: Salman Khan, Tabu, Daisy Shah
Music: Sajid-Wajid
Genre: Action
Recommended Audience: General
Film Released on: 24 January 2014
Reviewed by: Pankaj Kumar Sinha  - Rating: 7.0 / 10
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Public Rating Average: 5.11 / 10 (rated by 410 viewers)
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Jai Ho has given a new meaning to the word "Thank You"! When someone helps you, don’t just say thank you but instead help three more people and ask each of them to help three more! This can be an excellent human (chain) philosophy for the betterment of society. If each of us follows this then maybe the world will be a better place to live in. Jai Ho brings a very good social message without being preachy. It is inspiring and yet entertaining. One man can make a difference to a society…

The film will connect with the audience and also connects well with the recent political scenario in Delhi. Aam Aadmi can make a difference to the society if the will is there. Intellectuals and critics can still find flaws in the film but the movie has been made in the right spirit. Jai Ho is a story about Ex-Army Man Jai Agnihotri played by Salman Khan. This is arguably one of his career best performances. The role has been played with great maturity. He has depicted his anger and emotions very well. In the action scenes he turns into a lion. His personality is overpowering and he is undoubtedly the best action star in India today. His action scenes are very powerful with emotional vulnerability.

Daisy Shah is a pleasant surprise. She is one cute actress with a good comic timing. Daisy is also a good dancer. Her entry scene is one of the best for any debut heroines in any of Indian films. She may have been limited to a few scenes but has managed to leave a nice impression. She makes a sweet pairing with Salman Khan in the film. Tabu as Salman Khan’s sister has a good role. Her role is of emotional anchor for her angry brother and she plays her part well. There are two powerful scenes in the film, where Tabu has major role to play. The scene, where the Villain henchman Santhosh Shukla tells her to call her brother and the entry of Salman in such an emotional action scene full of of high voltage. There is another scene, where Tabu takes Salman to the main Villain Danny to ask for forgiveness and he ends up insulting her brother. During the scene, Salman’s eruption of anger is another high point of the film.

There are lots of actors in the film. Genelia Deshmukh’s cameo role in the film is of great importance and had a good emotional quotient. She will be proud of this small role. Danny as a main villain is the perfect foil to Salman Khan in the film. Mukul Dev and Santhosh Shukla also leave a good impression. The film is fast paced. Sohail Khan has made a nice comeback as film-maker. Compared to the previous few action movies of Salman Khan, this movie has a nice story and a strong social message. We see Salman Khan in a new avatar. He is slowly becoming the Amitabh Bachchan of the 1980s or a Rajnikanth. The crowd in the cinema hall was whistling so much for his entry scenes or action scenes. Sohail Khan has maintained a fine balance of Bollywood masala flick with a nice message.

The movie has cute humour, high voltage action, clap-worthy dialogues, emotional scenes and romantic songs. What else do you want from a film? Negatives? Well the music by Sajid Wajid is average compared to their earlier work. There are a couple of decent songs but great music adds good value to any film and usually they produce their best music for Salman Khan films. Cinematography could have been better. It could have been glossier. Despite these flaws, the movie should pick up due to a good word of mouth.

Jai Ho has certainly inspired me in the right way so overall I’d say the film is a wholesome entertainer with a good social message. Jai Ho!!! Jai Ho!!! Jai Ho!!!

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