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Upperstall Review



Jannat 2


Hindi, Thriller, 2012, Color

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Sonu (Emraan Hashmi) is a smooth talking street-smart gun runner, who has the gift of the gab and knows his trade inside out. ACP Pratap (Randeep Hooda) is a hardened maverick cop, who has a personal vendetta against the gun nexus. He will go to any lengths to crack down this nexus and he handpicks Sonu to do this job, as he is the perfect candidate to enter this racket undercover and make his way to the top and expose everybody involved in the illegal gun trade. Sonu falls in love with a beautiful young doctor Jhanvi (Esha Gupta), along his journey and that throws his life's course into a tailspin with unforeseen and far-reaching consequences for all 3 of them...

Yes, Emraan Hashmi is supposed to be a likeable rogue (again) who discovers his conscience, sure he kisses the heroine in this film as well, of course there's cleavage show from her (Esha Gupta) instead of an acting show, so a couple of decent songs by Pritam creep in, and... and...?

There is nothing much to add really to the above in the latest Vishesh Films production as they now attempt to make a franchise out of Jannat following Murder and Raaz. Looking at the success rate of the 'Dilli' factor last couple of years, they have set the film, bearing more than a passing resemblance to the Nicholas Cage starrer Lord of War (2005), in Delhi against the world of the illegal gun trade. And what could have been a gritty, edge-of-the-seat thriller while exploring the relationship of a cop and his informer finally comes across as an insipid film which has an air of who cares - we already have the safe items, now we just need to make a film around them.

The indifference shows. Consequently, everything is half baked be it the narrative flow, or the characterisations - some of them laughable. The love story is weakly developed, the look into the gun mafia and how it works is not even explored superficially, and even the film's central relationship between the cop and the informer - which actually is such a strong USP - is handled carelessly barring a couple of exchanges between the two. There are no nail biting moments regarding Emraan once he becomes an informer and we fail to empathize with him as he gets trapped between the cop, his wife and the villain. The screenplay runs its tiresome, predictable path with enough contrivances, coincidences, cliches and each of the so called twists being spotted from ten if not twenty miles away. And let's not even get into the several logical loopholes.

The performances too don't help. Emraan is hopelessly weak but it has to be said the script gives him nothing to work with, Eshalina Gupta (if you see the film, you'll know) is an embarrassment making the Sonam Kapoors and Genelias look like serious actresses while Manish Chaudhari hams it up for all he's worth. Randeep Hooda as the obsessive heavy drinking cop determined to bring down the gun mafia comes off best but even he is ultimately unable to overcome the cringe worthy scenes of dealing with his late wife's answering machine each time he's totally sloshed. Incidentally, why does he dial from a public booth using coins each time? Would his mobile too not have connected to the same number, the same answering machine... oh wait, this is supposed to be an interesting character trait to flesh out his character and give him a strong back story - and sure enough we are told haphazardly his wife was killed by an illegal gun when they were travelling in a bus and the bus was attacked. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub makes a decent enough impact as Emraan's friend, Bali.

Technically, Pritam does give a couple of hummable numbers but they are let down by totally flat picturisations, while the background score by Raju Singh is nothing to write home about. If anything at all, the chase sequence through the Dargah is well handled. The odd acidic dialogue works well but the use of cuss words is so self-consciously articulated so as to sensationalize them rather than just blending naturally into the conversation.

All in all, Mr Hashmi has his own fan following and the film has opened well. But nothing heavenly here, only hell - at least for this (re)viewer.

Upperstall review by: Karan Bali aka TheThirdMan





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