Starring: Irrfan Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Shabana Azmi, Atul Kulkarni, Jackie Shroff
Directed by Sanjay Gupta
South Korean cinema should be protesting. In his obsession with remaking Korean films in Hindi, Sanjay Gupta continues to make a hash of them, although this time he does it officially. What stands out in Jazbaa (original, Seven Days) is all that’s wrong with it: the needless stylistic gimmickry (aerial shots of car chases with deja vu written all over them; they seem to occur in the same areas in Mumbai) an all-round loudness, a terrible colour palette dominated by icky yellows and greens and a perennially overcast, orange sky. What Gupta doesn’t realise is that all this feels like a terribly fake attempt at creating moodiness rather than being organic to the film.
Aishwarya plays a supermom-cum-bigshot lawyer, Anu, who always seems to be driving when she is not arguing in the courtroom. Her daughter, Sanaya, gets kidnapped by a stranger. The ransom is unique—Anu has to defend a criminal accused of rape and murder. Her friend and confidant is a corrupt, suspended cop, Yohan (Irrfan), who nurses a strong, one-sided affection for her. The relationship had the potential to crackle but it fizzles out even before any sparks can fly. Irrfan, who had been wonderfully romantic with Konkana Sen in Life in a Metro and more recently with Deepika Padukone in Piku, just isn’t able to share that inherent chemistry with...