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The film claims to champion the power of the common man, but it looks more like Khan and his director brother, Sohail, are intent on underestimating their common sense.
Carries to a new level of slapdash vulgarity the blunt-force, post-"Matrix" style of action moviemaking that rules the roost now in Hindi cinema.
While the notion that the power of the common man shouldn't be underestimated is noble in Jai Ho, I wish its makers had also remembered not to underestimate their common sense.
If you accept that there won't be a semblance of sense in the screenplay, and that the... film is essentially a showreel for Khan to show off his sculpted body, action moves and dance steps, then perhaps you can enjoy the madness that is Jai Ho.
The lead is unbelievable as a common man and the relentless violence overwhelms any message of social uplift.
In all honesty, I'm confused about how to evaluate Jai Ho. Because it's not a film. It's a cartoon.
The film has the heart and the haath (read: fist) in the right place. But there's more than just 'do-gooder' drama in this potboiler with purpose.
Austerity has no place in Bollywood. You do it loudly and brashly, with hundreds of precisely drilled dancers extending into the horizon, or else you don't do it at all.
This is one for the legions of die-hard Salman Khan fans, who will happily bask in his brilliance without question. No-one else really needs to watch it.
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