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Jai Ho

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Critic Rating

5.3

34 Reviews
27 Ratings
41%
in favor

Audience Rating

3.9
2 Reviews
8 Ratings

Movie Info

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Running Time

Language

Hindi

Synopsis

Jai Ho is a Bollywood action Drama film whose story revolves around Major Jai Agnihotri, who creates a nation-wide movement by convincing people to do a good deed for three people, who must in turn each do good deeds for three other people. It is a remake of Telugu film Stalin.Wikipedia

Jai Ho Reviews

4

It might have its heart in the right place, but the brain appears to be missing. For all the references to the aam aadmi and the solutions it offers to inspire change, this film ultimately is about the victory of a man who lets his fists do the talking. Muddled message there.

Shubhra Gupta
Indian Express

3

`Jai Ho’ could have been a pure and simple `Dabangg 3’. It’s not. It’s not even a no-holds-barred South remake either. Jai’s ‘aam aadmi’ catches traction only a moment. In the rest, he goes back to snarling and kicking and scowling.

Khalid Mohamed
Deccan Chronicle

4

All said and endured, here’s the sort of average product which is immune to criticism. Say anything you honestly feel, down the decades it has been huffed – so what? That doesn’t make a jot of a difference. Correct. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t express your take. You may be in a minority of one or two, but you can’t help feeling that Salman Khan, like most of his peers, could do with immediate re-invention. Repetition and excess can sell. Unpleasant question: but for how long?

Raja Sen
Rediff

4

Despite the hamfisted direction (at one point Suniel Shetty shows up on a highway and starts shooting people with a goddamned tank), the film’s main problem is that Jai Ho isn’t about being a samaritan or paying it forward; it’s about a man who can smash the system all by himself. Not entirely relatable, nope.

Subhash K Jha
Indian Express

8

It's all a vehicle to enhance Salman's image as the messiah of the downtrodden. He is one helluva angry man who's not just anti-establishment but anti-antipathy. He implores the public to rise and revolt against humbug. Coming from a star with so much clout, that's quite a hard-hitting message. Regrettably, the episodes to show the superstar-hero's concern for humanity are text-bookish and illustrative.

Anupama Chopra
Hindustan Times

5

In all honesty, I’m confused about how to evaluate Jai Ho. Because it’s not a film. It’s a cartoon. So, to point out that the story is laughably ridiculous or that the characterisation has no depth seems churlish. After all, you can’t go to see a cartoon and then complain about its disconnect with reality.

What could have been a relevant crowd-pleaser with a little effort from Sohail Khan and his writers is mostly a tedious and overcrowded drivel that shamelessly depends on Salman Khan’s strapping charisma to tide them over.

Jai Ho is a tale that is about as exciting – and just as empty – as the spiel of a politician going to the polls.

Madhureeta Mukherjee
Times Of India

7

Sparking an optimistic hope of a Utopian world. Sohail presents our 'Hero of the Masses' fabulously - with all Salmanisms perfectly in place. The premise pompously alerts us of cliches and trappings of a commercial masala fare. The screenplay is not as inspiring as the noble message, the story cuts into too many episodes and the underlying idea is repetitive.

Khan’s character claims to stand for women’s rights, but thinks nothing of commenting on a woman’s underwear. He rages against politicians for blocking traffic and inconveniencing the public, but rides his motorbike onto a crowded railway station platform. If you accept that there won’t be a semblance of sense in the screenplay, and that the two-and-half hour 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”.

Quite easily, this is Salman Khan’s Gadar – with a unique concept, of course. Look out for his intricate dance steps in the ‘Baaki Sab First Class Hai’ song. It’s also refreshing to see Tabu on screen after long – she makes you wonder why she does such few films.

Rohit Khilnani
India Today

7

A Salman Khan film is an amusement ride, don't take it too seriously! Watch it with his fans and you will know what I mean!

6

Lacking the quirky fun of Dabangg or Ek Tha Tiger, Jai Ho simply furthers Salman’s Being Human status. However, it still scores over all of Salman’s works put together for its ability to translate the common man’s simmering anger into a Utopian and satisfying climax. A definite not-miss!

Saurabh Dwivedi
India Today

8

Salman's close friend Aamir Khan had aptly said in Agenda Aaj Tak that Salman Khan is the only star in Bollywood. Whatever antics he does in his films from tearing off his shirt to wearing inverted glasses, everything becomes a fad.

Suhani Singh
India Today

4

Mr Khan has been the undisputed action star for a while but with Jai Ho the actor is keen to expand on his Being Human avatar and force on viewers a social message. Don't accept the gratitude of those who you help, instead ask them to help three people in turn. Given that audiences didn't react to these words of wisdom in the theatre and instead cheered and clapped when Khan tore his T-shirt and screamed and broke bones of his many opponents, we don't know how much of it will be soaked in.

Taran Adarsh
Bollywood Hungama

9

On the whole, a noble, well-intentioned message narrated in an entertaining format in a Salman Khan movie, who, as we all know by now, is the much endeared hero of the masses, makes JAI HO a sure-shot winner. In fact, it won't be wrong to state that JAI HO easily ranks amongst Salman's better films. This one has the potential to emerge a Blockbuster at the box-office.

Audience Reviews for Jai Ho

  • Bubbly
    Bubbly
    41 reviews
    Top Reviewer
    4

    JAI HO: Kejriwal Doing Dhishum Dhishum

    Will you believe if Arvind Kejriwal leaves being an activist and returns a slap for a slap(eent ka jawaab patthar se). Aam aadmi can tolerate only so much and will go ahead in combat form if things come to a dead end. A one-man David army can topple the Goliath. Here the size does matter. And the'lion'(hero) paws, bites, roars and tears apart the villains.

    This is nothing new for Salman Khan. He has done it all. But political activism may be something new for him. There is the(Congess) villain Home Minister Dashrath Singh(Danny Danzongpa) and the(AAP) good Chief Minister(Mohnish Behl). There is a Gujarati flavored heroine(Modi, BJP) and there is aam aadmi, our hero Jai Bhai(taking over from Munna Bhai turned Kejriwal). So, you get the picture.

    But there are so many characters that instead of a review, I may have to write a biography. English movie PAY IT FORWARD(2000) paved way for STALIN(2006, Telugu) which has been remade into JAI HO(2014, Hindi). Well, brother-director Sohail Khan has proven, he cannot direct a movie leave alone Salman. And Salman merely humored his brother and obliged his commitment(ek bar commitment kar di.). But the entertaining spirit of Salman is missing. He is just going through the motions. There is nothing lively about the entire movie. This is the first time, I am thoroughly disappointed with a Sallu movie.

    Salman Khan will join AAP if the movie is anything to go by. After over a month, another super blockbuster release. With BO success written all over it, the movie is beyond review. V'll all wait for the inevitable records it'll create. What else is there in today's big box movies?

    Suffice it to say, it is a definite treat for the fans and will contribute to ever-growing Salmania. With God above and fans below, the cinema halls r the temples to hero-worship. Here, 'critics' r considered aliens and'reviews' r ineffective. Even the'critics''ve seen the movie and given their two-paisa worth review/advise. They should wisely shut-up and enjoy. Here, go with the flow. Why waste ur'bad' breath(do u daatun or brush-up)? The worst(or best) part is Salman didn't hold the'free' press show. He doesn't consider them worthy. So forget their'mighty' pen. The movie is beyond praise or criticism as it joins the predictable long list of prestigious 100+ to 300+ cr club.

    With Salman overtaking the silver screens and Kejriwal doing the same in Delhi streets, Aam aadmi is in for tehelka in India. This Republic Day, it is JAI HO.(Still waiting for a review. Don't ask for silly things and drill some sense in ur bheja.)

    By regular standards, the movie is the 80s nightmare oft-repeated. It is difficult to swallow. Heroine Daisy Shah(30, Afia Mohammed from Afghanistan) dances like a peacock and that's it. She is an eye-candy and also an arm-candy. Nadira Babbar should stop acting if at all that is what she knows. Tabu should wait for good roles. Salman should stop acting opposite kid-heroines. He in many frames looks bulky apology.

    January 26, 14
  • Alekhya Das
    Alekhya Das
    9 reviews
    Reviewer
    5

    Jai Ho has a good concept (copied though), but the execution is bad.

    Jai, an upright common man is fighting a retiring war against corruption and unfairness. Honest and incorruptible, he has made it his mission to help as many people as he can. The main theme is quite simple – help somebody and then request that person to lend a helping hand to somebody else – thus forming an ever growing circle of people helping each other. In his mission of creating a unity within a people he crosses paths with an influential political family. How Jai continues his assignment of serving others is the story of the flick.

    Just after I appreciate that Salman comes up with something new apart from his regular illogical movies, an army tank arises in the middle of traffic cutting off the hero from the bad guys to save his life. *FACEPALM*

    There are more sequences where he smashes, bites and screams like a tiger as if he inspires himself to become a tiger again, Ek Tha Tiger Returns

    The screenplay is the major weakness. The movement of the good deed piece has not been logically established. In other words, the build-up to the movement is not very effective. It is the film's backbone and should have been very wonderfully reputable so as to transfer the audience emotionally in the climax. A good screenplay is the major forte for such a film.

    Acting – Salman Khan acts better than his other films. Tabu does good work; she enhances charm to the show. Rest of the cast is Satisfactory.

    Direction – Sohail Khan does an average job. His direction in the dramatic scenes could have been better.

    Music - A big letdown. But Sandeep Shirodkar's background music is decent.

    Actions – Nothing new. Same old Salman Khan action.

    On the whole Jai Ho is a re-creation of the Telugu film, Stalin, which itself was inspired by the Hollywood film, Pay It Forward. So Jai Ho is concoction of normal Salman Khan Movie and an excellent Mimi Leder flick. So it's a moderate one time watch if you are a Bollywood fan or else I will recommend u to watch Pay It Forward

    May 16, 16