Jai Ho drives right ahead into the zone of box office glory with the sheer power of the right timing and a superstar Salman Khan, at the helm of affairs. The story of a common man taking his cudgels against the system with certain elements that are topically relevant; makes the movie, a must-watch.
Story of Jai Ho
This is a remake of the Telugu superhit movie Stalin, that starred Cheeranjivi and Trisha. An ex-army officer Jai, who resides with his family, has a soft-heart, always ready to help people who have been victimized, suppressed and oppressed by the system. While others, who have been at the receiving end of his giving nature, thank him, he asks them to help three other people in their lives, so that the world could be a better place to live in. Of course, some people do not really agree to this and are happy to eliminate Jai. These are the folks of the stereotypical minister who perceive Jai’s popularity as an obstacle to their progress. But Jai is too strong to be cowed down; he bashes anyone and everyone who pull stops at him.
What works for Jai Jo
Though the story is not much to hem and haw about, the screenplay and action work. And there is the one-man box office, Salman Khan who oversees the film with his fabulous screen presence. The comic relief scenes, dotted with double meanings work, and are genuinely hilarious. The climax is made purely for Salman fans to go into a frenzy. Yes, he removes his shirt and smashes the other muscular antagonist to pulp, drawing in the whistles.
What does not work
As mentioned, there is nothing much to look forward to, as far as the story is concerned. The second half becomes predictable and one dimensional. The characterization of the negative characters is quite wafer-thin. People who have an averse to violence may not like the movie much because there is bashing and smashing throughout the film.
Performances in Jai Ho
Salman Khan prevails throughout the film. He does not have to really emote, his screen presence is enough to send the right message. Daisy Shah, in the role of the female-lead does not disappoint, she seems to be natural at humorous scenes. Much of the others in the cast (and that is a huge number) could fill in for junior artistes, as you can see in the cast below. All of them are good in their own little roles. Sameer Khattar (the lovable Khopdi in Nukkad) is back, doing what he does best. Salman Khan gets his past Bigg Boss friends, Ashmit Patel, Sana Khan and Santosh Shukla, in the film, along with many others. The scene stealer is Genelia D’Souza in the role of the cameo, who is shown as a person without hands, a reminder of the Monica More train accident.
Jai Ho starcast
Salman Khan as Ex army officer Jai Agnihotri
Tabu as Geeta Agnihotri (Jai’s Sister)
Suniel Shetty as Officer Arjun Kaul (extended cameo)
Danny Denzongpa as Home Minister Dashrat Singh
Sana Khan as Dashrat’s daughter
Daisy Shah as Pinky
Nadira Babbar as Jai’s mother
Genelia D’Souza as Pooja (cameo)
Mukul Dev as Dashrat’s worker
Mahesh Thakur as Rehaan
Sameer Khattar as pensioner
Resham Tipnis as Pinky’s mother
Ashmit Patel as Sumit
Yash Tonk as Babu
Haroon Qazi as Dashrat’s son
Mohnish Bahl as Chief Minister
Mahesh Manjrekar as Rickshaw driver
Aditya Pancholi as Corrupt officer 1
Sharad Kapoor as Corrupt officer 2
Pulkit Samrat as Honest officer
Vikas Bhalla as Pooja’s brother
Sudesh Lehri as Pandit
Santosh Shukla As Maanik
Jai Ho is a sure-shot blockbuster and despite its misgivings, stands tall as one of Salman Khan’s better films, in recent times. Director Sohail Khan has a winner here!