Jazbaa - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

Warped and not in a good way. After a decent start, completely warps logic and the associated human element.

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31 reviewers have given Jazbaa an average rating of 2.4/5.0 (?)

9 yays
10 nays
12 so-so

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Thumbs down by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...All the megawatt casting, stylish camerawork and blue-gray tints in the world cannot alter the fact that when it comes down to brass tacks and a scrutiny of the climax, Jazbaa is a hollow film. ... full review

Thumbs down by Githa Vanan, Bolly Spice ...Remakes are not something new in our industry and this too is a remake of a Korean film. Yet Sanjay Gupta’s everlasting love to extenuate and exacerbate the melodrama is once again at the forefront of this movie. The end result is watching for the sake of watching but not actually connecting with anyone. Jazbaa proves to be emotionless. ... full review

So-So Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, JAZBAA is a captivating thriller with good performances that make it a decent one-time watch. ... full review

Thumbs up by Tushar P. Joshi, Bollywood Life ...An edge of the seat thriller that delivers because of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Irrfan Khan’s able performances, Jazbaa won’t disappoint. Book your ticket today. ... full review

Thumbs up by Juhi Matta, BookmyShow ...Featuring strong performances, combined with an engaging story and stunning cinematography, Jazbaa is a thorough entertainer. If you’re looking for a high-octane crime-drama to watch, this is the film for you. ... full review

Thumbs down by Kusumita Das, Deccan Chronicle ...A film like Jazbaa needs a constant tension in the story and in its characters given the straitjacketed situation they are in. The pace needed to transcend inane car chase sequences and seep into the restlessness of the characters. Gupta had a good story to work with and he lifts up the second half by several notches. But sadly, he gets too caught up in pandering to his Korean cinema fetishes to polish the story. He lands on a punch line every now and then, uses one slide of text in the end to make the film seem like one that is fighting the cause of rape, thereby completely stripping it of any character. He told us how to hold a coffee mug. If only he could hold on to a script as tight. But we guess handle se pakadne se faasla reh hi gaya. ... full review

So-So by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini ...Verdict - Jazbaa is a fairly entertaining thriller. Ash makes a decent comeback with this one. ... full review

So-So by Kritika Goel , Desi Martini ...Verdict - Behind the pile of evidence files, lies an emotionally drained and wrecked mother. But the pain still doesn’t reach the audience. ... full review

Thumbs down by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini ...Verdict - Melodramatic comeback leaves lot to be desired ... full review

So-So by Aneela Zeb Babar, Desi Martini ...Verdict - No Jazbaa, only Jazbaat! ... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...What to do: If you enjoy whodunits, watch it. You won't see the suspense coming. ... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Good actors in a not so good film, is a scenario all too common in Hindi cinema. Jazbaa is another addition. Sanjay Gupta has brought in all his trademark moves, the green tinge, the slow motion shots and the jumpy editing. But while the visuals look slick, the story is really all too old and the presentation feels jaded. Watch this if you must for Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who’s still in top form. Pity her comeback film doesn’t measure up to her efforts. ... full review

Thumbs down by Deepanjana Pal, FirstPost ...The only thing that tops the number of questions Gupta fails to answer is the amount of glycerine Bachchan and Azmi use in Jazbaa. Or maybe they spent all of their non-shooting hours weeping over the decision to do this film and therefore appear red-eyed in every other scene. ... full review

Thumbs down by Gayatri Gauri, FirstPost ...Several new characters emerge, one of whom is a politician, played by Jackie Shroff. Mercifully, he plays it subtle. By the time, certain twists unfold; you don’t really care if mom and daughter will unite. All you care about is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who shows so much sincerity that you wish she had worked with another Sanjay who brought out the best in her in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.... full review

So-So by Zehra Abbas , fullhyd.com ...he second half is stronger and more interesting. The music is average, and used in the strangest way in the film - the soulful "Jaane Tere Shehar Ka" is immediately followed by the item number "Aaaj Raat Ka Scene". Jarring, yes, but that seems to be the general trend in this movie.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...The suspense is taut as Gupta keeps oscillating from the courtroom to the crime scene to establish the motives and alibis of the different characters. What is jarring though is Jackie Shroff's character as a powerful politician. That aspect is a weak link in this whodunit. Overall, JAZBAA is a well-made film true to its genre. It has a message and it has a motive!... full review

Thumbs up by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...Jazbaa is a film which thrives on style and Gupta knows how to present a thriller. Aishwarya Rai and Irrfan will take you to a new territory and then keep you there for most of its 130-minute duration. Jazbaa is a good watch this weekend. ... full review

So-So by RAJEEV MASAND, IBN Live ...My heart wept for poor Shabana Azmi who tries - and occasionally succeeds - in infusing some genuine emotion into the proceedings. Others like Chandan Roy Sanyal (playing the accused), Atul Kulkarni (as a public prosecutor), and Jackie Shroff (as an influential politician) are largely wasted in a script that's focused single-mindedly on reminding us that Aishwarya Rai looks great when she's running in heels - in slo-mo. Hurrah! ... full review

Thumbs down by Suhani Singh, india today ...Aishwarya Rai Bachchan spends ample time screaming, shedding tears and looking perturbed but her pathos rarely resonates thanks to a script which is more occupied to give its leading star a comeback than present a poignant, compelling drama. Irrfan is left to deliver Gupta's wisecracks which become tiring as the film progresses. When Khan accuses a character of watching far too many Bollywood films, the irony is not lost. Jazbaa is a ham-fisted drama which is loud and never hits the right notes. ... full review

So-So by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...More than Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, this film is laced with unmissable performances of Irrfan Khan and Shabana Azmi. I am going with a 2.5/5 for the film. ... full review

So-So by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...If only Sanjay Gupta had gone a little easy on the unnecessary and intrusive melodrama. Even then, it's a good one time watch for sure.... full review

So-So by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...The background score complements the story and though there are quite some flaws in the screenplay, it's not a major disappointment as such. The suspense element in the story is quite thrilling and will keep you on the edge of your seat as you keep guessing who the kidnapper is. ... full review

Thumbs up by Minu Mishra, MoviezADDA ...Sameer Arya's cinematography shows Mumbai in a gritty avatar. I think the only weak spot is the film's music. Unlike other Sanjay Gupta movies, this one lacks a chartbuster. But all said and done, Sanjay Gupta's Jazbaa will leave a mark on you. It is 'just' the thriller the fans were waiting for because murder mysteries and investigative procedurals are enthralling in the darkened theatre. You won't find a well-crafted thriller that's more fun to feminists out there than Jazbaa. ... full review

So-So by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...But it has just enough for Aishwarya Rai Bachchan fans to justify a trip to the multiplexes. Jazbaa, however, is just as much, if not more, Irrfan Khan’s film. ... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, Rediff ...Earlier, Khan offers a fellow policeman a bribe of the very purest Shilajit, but that might have come in handier for Gupta’s flaccid film. You can give us red eyes in a green film, Mr Gupta, but that doesn’t make it Christmas.... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Despite the story being highly far-fetched, the film is still arresting for its pacy storytelling, actors who perform with conviction, and a few interesting surprises in the finale. Whether it's the performances, the characters, the motive, or the storytelling-there are traces of jazbaa everywhere. Worth a watch! ... full review

Thumbs up by Jyothi Venkatesh, Star Blockbuster ...Last Word: The film is riveting and for a change Sanjay Gupta succeeds in making a film which eschews unnecessary melodrama. ... full review

Thumbs down by ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu ...Things do improve in the second half and the big reveal is nicely wrapped deep into the narrative but by then one has little Jazbaa left to back this lacklustre exercise. ... full review

Thumbs up by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...Gupta, known to be sounder with technique than story-telling (many of his films have been foreign inspirations), has got it right this time. ... full review

Thumbs down by Karan Bali, Upper Stall ...All in all, Jazbaa is not quite the right comeback vehicle for Asihwarya Rai Bachchan. For one, she needed a better director to guide her as her limitations as an actress too show up rather more than she would have hoped. ... full review

So-So by Rummana, yahoo! India ...Post interval ‘Jazbaa’ becomes immensely watchable as the investigation proceeds and you try to wrap your mind around the various findings of the seemingly open-and-shut case. ... full review