The movie Jackpot, starring Naseeruddin Shah, Sunny Leone and Sachin Joshi released today. The Kaizad Gustand film is supposed to be a comedy thriller, but alas it failed to either trill or make us laugh much. I now wish that I had opted to watch either What the Fish or Lucky Kabootar today, first day first show. Read on to find out the story and review of Jackpot.
Rating – *½
Film – Jackpot (Release date13 December 2013)
Starring – Naseeruddin Shah, Sunny Leone and Sachin Joshi, Makrand Deshpande, Bharath, Manish Wadhwa, Sumit Kumar, Daniel Weber
Producer – Raina Sachin Joshi
Director – Kaizad Gustad
Story/Screenplay – Kaizad Gustad
Music – John Stewart
Jackpot – Story, Plot, Review
Jackpot is the name of an off shore casino in Goa owned by Boss – this is the name of Nasseeruddin Shah’s character – first and last name. The whole movie begins at the end and goes back in a series of flashbacks. While this is a cinematic device that is frequently used to great effect, Jackpot it doesn’t quite work and one is frequently confused as to what is present, what is past and whether the story is going forwards or backward.
The story is about con artists who get conned and then try to con the boss and then every one suspects everyone else. So there is a poker game where there is a Rs 5 crore prize up for grabs. South Indian actor Bharath (named Pondi because, he is from Pondicherry; no allusion to the lead actress’s previous profession) wins the prize but the con artists find that they’ve been conned instead when the bag that is supposed to contain money contains nothing but the Joker from a deck of cards.
Naseerunddhin Shah in his dreadlocked avatar would have been interesting had the story been a tad more interesting. I found myself repeatedly asking myself, what is he doing in this film. I still don’t know the answer. It might have amused the veteran to sport blond dreadlocks because it was something he hadn’t done before; but it seemed distinctly over the top. As it was the story was sluggish, the action limp and the acting below par. The movie simply fails to grip and more than once doing the film I felt a deep desire to take a nap. Mercifully this movie is less than two hours long.
Sachin Joshi makes very little impact, and in spite of the bulging biceps. Sunny Leone is in the film, is very decorative and she does her little bit of sizzle – she looks nice and everything, but her acting skills remain rather iffy. Makrand Deshpande is amusing – one of the funniest things in the move. The movie seemed to be a well intentioned attempt to make a smooth thriller with sympathetic con artists, but it falls way short.
Now Kaizad Gustads’ filmography was not hugely encouraging (Bombay Boys, Boom, Bombil & Beatrice are some of his previous offerings) but harking back to his film Boom, the music would be something to look forward to. Jackpot has decent music with tracks sung by Mika Singh, Arijit Sing, Remo Fernandes, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal and others. It is interesting, with different elements with some English lyrics, including a little local Goan flavour. There is Kabhi jo baadal barse, which is reasonably melodious, and then there are songs such as Full Jhol, Bol Bugger Bol and Eggjactly – so you get the idea.
I cannot in all honesty recommend Jackpot – the other weekend releases or even the releases of previous weekends may be a better bet.
By – Reena Daruwalla
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