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Age old family drama tweaked to give a contemporary feel. Doesn't help the most ancient tug-of-war. Preachy dialogues and scenes that drag on manage to create a soporific effect in the theater.Read more
Remember those family feuds whose existence depended on "killing romance"? Boy king, Girl maid-servant. Boy Hindu, girl Muslim. Boy vegetarian, Girl meat-eater, Boy's family and girl's family are enemies, oh and how can I forget Boy poor, girl rich. We have a little bit of a mish-mash from some of these themes in Jashnn. Which ones? Does it really matter? It is written shoddily and doesn't do any justice to whatever charm these films had should be enough to keep you away from this one.
The film pretty much ends where it starts except for the sudden transformation of characters. Losers as protagonists have to be really, really charming and the storyline around them intriguing to make the film watchable. While the modernized love story which does a sudden about turn as the climax closes in is not palatable at all. Neither Adhyayan Suman nor his character Akash are charming.
We have to grant that Adhyayan covers a huge range of emotions. But, there is something about his personality that doesn't cut him as a lead actor. And he doesn't have that much extra talent to excuse the lack of killer looks to pull him through. Anjana Sukhani on the other hand is a mildly pleasant surprise. There are times when her dialogue delivery is flat. But there are these glimpses in which a single twitch on her face communicate what her character feels. Alas, they are very few and long distances lie in between.
I would have been able to comment on Shahana Goswami's act, if her dispeakable wardrobe didn't distract throughout the film. Sure, she needed to have a slutty look, but was it necessary to dress her in the most hideous outfits that didn't flatter her at all. Also her body language matched more that of a roadside prostitute rather than her otherwise supposedly grand lifestyle - standing with legs wide apart don't go with plush flats and flat screens, etc.
For a movie coming out of the Bhatt camp, Jashnn has non-hummable music and just about alright lyrics. None of them are very impressive and have no repeat value at all.
After going through all of this, thinking back about the film, I understand that the direction could have been a lot worse. I can also imagine the look and feel being a lot less kitschy. But that wouldn't be enough for one to sit through a movie. Sleep through - maybe. At least I felt like I was just up after a good nap when the credits rolled, though I did watch the entire film.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Manish Gajjar, BBC : ...The emotionally charged confrontations between the four troubled characters are enough to tug your heart strings due to the directors’ perfect execution of the scenes.... full review
Thumbs up, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ...But hey, Jashnn isn't just a story with a lot of heart. It's told with in a heartwarming way too, with moments that touch you with their naked pain. ... full review
So-So, by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes : ...Shagufta Rafique’s screenplay follows a predictable pattern but the writer pens some interesting sequences that work towards compelling character conflicts... full review
Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...Raksha Mistry and Hasnain Hyderabadwala direct with a moralistic eye trained on the pedestrian tribulations that befall Akash in his pursuit of stardom... full review
Thumbs down, by Jaiwantika Dutta-Dhupkar, fullhyd.com : ...the directors seem to think that becoming a somebody from a nobody has a lot to do with swabbing toilet floors at hotels and eating cold mess lunches, going by the amount of footage the fact hogs.... full review
Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...An old-fashioned morality tale with stereotypes for characters, Jashnn fails miserably because the drama's so predictable and most of the performances so embarrassing... full review
Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Adhyayan Suman has worked for his performance and it shows. Which is the problem; for when efforts become palpable, the character's authenticity is affected.... full review
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