'JANSHEEN' FALTERS AT SCRIPT DESPITE FLOW OF GRANDEUR
By S Pankaj
It's not too often when a father and a son duo takes their charisma to silver screen. But, Firoz Khan is a man who always comes out with innovative ideas. Though, it is a fact that his son Fardeen has not been able to make a solid ground for himself in Bollywood on his own, yet his father's faith in him is still alive. Fardeen, of late, had managed to get some meaty and realistic roles in films like 'Bhoot' and before that in 'Pyar Tune Kya Kiya' both of Ram Gopal Verma, but Feroz Khan once again presents Fardeen in a role that is more superficial. Through 'Jansheen', Firoz Khan gives another chance to Fardeen to recreate the magic with which Feroz himself sailed through rough waters in his career many a time. 'Jansheen' is a very well packaged film.
It has some of the most exotic locales around the world in it and then there is sensuous Celina Jaitley who looks more gorgeous and saucy than in her debut 'Khel', where she was pinned opposite faded Suniel Shetty and Ajay Jadeja. 'Janasheen' has all that makes a good film at the box office and its release time could not have been more appropriate that this. Before 'Eid' there were hardly any big film to hit the screen and the movie watchers were literally thirsty of some big bangs. Firoz tries to encash this and more, but the problem with 'Janasheen' is that it falters where it makes the most impact. That's the script. Had it been a crispier and tighter narration, the results would have been just different. A film like 'Janasheen' with so much of gloss and glamour attached to it should have hit the bull's eye, but alas it fails to some extent. Given the situation where it has to compete with the Badshah Khan of Bollywood, Shah Rukh, it doesn't stand very bright chances.
The story moves around Lucky Kapoor (Fardeen Khan). He is living in Australia and is a maniac for bike racing. He wants to make a career of it but destiny has something else for him. His father (Harsh Chhya) meets with an accident and his death pushes Lucky to India. And, this trip to his roots begins a new chapter for him. He meets his childhood friend Jessica (Celina Jaitley). Jessica has been in love with Lucky since childhood but Lucky is not clear in his mind. Moreover, once he is in India, many things happen. He faces life with its darkest phase and also meets with the new challenges of his life. And, before Lucky could decide path of his life, enters Saba Karim (Feroz Khan) in his life. Saba is a fugitive from the land of Talibans and he passes through an altogether different life in Australia. He is rich but has no place for mercy. Once he sees Lucky, his heart seems to start melting. He sees his dead son in Lucky. He tends to play his game to make Lucky feel homely. But the game takes its own turn and engulfs Saba in it. There is nothing more in their respective lives. Before Saba could zero in on Lucky his own past haunts and he is forced to change his line of action.
Those who have watched earlier films of Feroz Khan will agree that in his films, except for 'Prem Agan', he has some thing to tell more distinctly to his fans. His films have a dark side of human beings in his film and he banks on his this instinct. His story telling has been unique in every aspect. He casts his artistes as per the character's demand. But while making second film for his son, more for giving a definite shape to Fardeen's career, the movie takes a U turn from his usual style. He has made a film to suit his son and not for a role that he had lingered on for years. And, that is a big mistake. 'Janasheen' takes good start and moves ahead swiftly along with some innovative and attractive camera work. People watch the skin show of Celina Jaitely. And, then with a typical signature tune enters Firoz Khan himself. His appearance on screen increases the flow of adrenaline of the viewers but it also raises the expectations. Every time he appears on screen people look forward for more. He also delivers some fiery and well-written dialogues and entertains the viewers. But, as the film nears climax, it starts losing its grip. Expected turns and easily guessed twists make people squirm in chairs. It becomes difficult to maintain the concentration on the film in theaters.
Apart from a brilliant performance, Feroz Khan has also doubled up as a brilliant technician in the film. His way of excuting the shots and making things glow with grandeur is his uniqueness. The film falters when it comes to scripting. It has many jerks and is not as smooth as one would have expected of a Firoz Khan film. The film's packaging deserves special mention especially its costumes and production designs. And, music too has an appealing part in 'Jansheen. Songs that make you hum when you come out of the cinema hall are 'Nashe Nashe Mein Yaar' and 'Teri Chahat Mein Paagal Hoon'. But there are songs like 'Ab Ke Baras' and few more that create hurdles in the free flow of the story. Technically speaking, cinematography and editing are good. In fact, the picturisation of certain scenes keeps the viewers glued to the screen at times. Dialogues of Firoz Khan are well taken care of, but not those of others.
As far as acting is concerned, Firoz Khan emerges as a winner. He is miles ahead of his son Fardeen, who still looks uncomfortable playing a macho. He seems to be camera conscious even after doing so many films. Celina leaves an impression as a glamour doll though; she fails to get even pass marks as an actress. She has to learn how to emote and how to react to certain situations in Hindi cinema. Much was expected from Johny Lever in a film like this but his charisma has now faded away. He looks repetitive and doesn't impress even in a single scene. Kashmira Shah is lost in a film that requires a more mature work. On the whole, 'Jansheen' has little chance to meet the challenge of another release of the week 'Kal Ho Naa Ho'. 'Eid' celebrations may lend some support to it, but in the long run it lacks a winner's qualities.
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