• Frankly it delivers more than its awful trailer promised. But good luck protecting your eyes and ears from this sensory overload.

  • Shubhra Gupta
    Shubhra Gupta
    Indian Express


    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is over-the-top in this convoluted, over-plotted crime-drama…

  • Raja Sen
    Raja Sen


    Jazbaa is a mercifully brief movie, just about two hours long, but that’s about it in terms of the good part…

  • Rohit Vats
    Rohit Vats
    Hindustan Times


    Jazbaa is a film which thrives on style and Gupta knows how to present a thriller. Aishwarya Rai and Irrfan will take you to a new territory and then keep you there for most of its 130-minute duration. Jazbaa is a good watch this weekend.

  • Kusumita Das
    Kusumita Das
    Deccan Chronicle


    A film like Jazbaa needs a constant tension in the story and in its characters given the straitjacketed situation they are in. The pace needed to transcend inane car chase sequences and seep into the restlessness of the characters. Gupta had a good story to work with and he lifts up the second half by several notches. But sadly, he gets too caught up in pandering to his Korean cinema fetishes to polish the story. He lands on a punch line every now and then, uses one slide of text in the end to make the film seem like one that is fighting the cause of rape, thereby completely stripping it of any character. He told us how to hold a coffee mug. If only he could hold on to a script as tight.

  • A mostly watchable thriller marred by its director Sanjay Gupta’s penchant for excesses — a greenish yellow filter that renders the frames more sickly than stylish unless it’s some sort of bizarre metaphor for Ash’s light eyes brimming in agony, a pounding background score that’s so commonplace it serves little purpose and terribly reckless use of slow-motion.

  • Overall, Jazbaa feels like a wasted effort, a clear case of superficial style triumphing over substance by a fair distance.

    But it has just enough for Aishwarya Rai Bachchan fans to justify a trip to the multiplexes.

    Jazbaa, however, is just as much, if not more, Irrfan Khan’s film.

  • Meena Iyer
    Meena Iyer
    Times Of India


    Jazbaa’s narrative has pace and power. From screeching car sequences to emotionally-charged showdowns between his accomplished lead cast; the film throbs. Which is not to say that there are no flaws. The green hue overshadows Mumbai’s skyline. Aishwarya is rusty at the start but eventually takes charge of the dual aspects of her character.
    Aishwarya has made a judicious screen choice after that five-year hiatus!

  • Sarita Tanwar
    Sarita Tanwar
    DNA India


    If you enjoy whodunits, watch it. You won’t see the suspense coming.

  • Jazbaa is not quite the re-entry to Bollywood Aishwarya’s fans had been expecting. But she does do a largely good job of nailing her mother-in-distress act… when not screaming her lungs out or weeping her eyes out, that is. Watch Jazbaa for the performances.

  • Suhani Singh
    Suhani Singh
    India Today


    Based on Korean drama Seven Days, Jazbaa shows the Indian judicial system working at the speed of light and also a leading lady going over the top. Jazbaa is a ham-fisted drama which is loud and never hits the right notes.

  • More than Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, this film is laced with unmissable performances of Irrfan Khan and Shabana Azmi.

  • Jazbaa is a captivating thriller with good performances that make it a decent one-time watch.

  • Post interval ‘Jazbaa’ becomes immensely watchable as the investigation proceeds and you try to wrap your mind around the various findings of the seemingly open-and-shut case.
    Like I said – ‘Jazbaa’ is flawed, but the end justifies the means.

  • Rachit Gupta
    Rachit Gupta


    Good actors in a not so good film, is a scenario all too common in Hindi cinema. Jazbaa is another addition. Sanjay Gupta has brought in all his trademark moves, the green tinge, the slow motion shots and the jumpy editing. But while the visuals look slick, the story is really all too old and the presentation feels jaded. Watch this if you must for Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who’s still in top form. Pity her comeback film doesn’t measure up to her efforts.

  • …is a well-made film true to its genre. It has a message and it has a motive!

  • Suprateek Chatterjee
    Suprateek Chatterjee


    Jazbaa is yet another testament to commercial Hindi cinema’s obsession with impact over intent, which leads to making films that they think will earn money via razzmatazz and star power, as opposed to adhering to the basics of screenwriting, acting, and direction.

    In other words, it’s a perfect addition to Gupta’s checkered oeuvre.

  • If only Gupta had gone a little easy on the unnecessary and intrusive melodrama. Even then, it’s a good one time watch for sure.

  • Subhash K Jha
    Subhash K Jha


    It’s a hardhitting unconstitutional message, packaged and projected with a precarious panache peculiar to Sanjay Gupta’s cinema.
    If you’ve ever wondered what edge-of-the-seat thriller meant, here’s your chance to find out.

  • Despite landing a great idea, ‘Jazbaa’ remains a shallow watch, where Gupta indulges his South Korean fetish but never challenges himself or his characters to create a world that could’ve been menacingly gripping.

  • Gupta takes the plot of the Korean film Seven Days, but there’s none of the tension or ambivalence that has made South Korean crime thrillers so distinctive and popular. The director appears to think that panoramic shots of Mumbai as seen through Instagram will make up for a slack script and absurd lapses in logic.

  • Gayatri Gauri
    Gayatri Gauri


    An fairly interesting plot kicks in. An official remake of Korean film, Seven Days, the screenplay moves fast in a gripping enough thriller mode. Gupta displays his old penchant for slick action and weaves a fairly engrossing tale.

  • Komal Nahta
    Komal Nahta
    Komal Nahta's Blog


    Jazbaa will fail to deliver at the box-office and will entail losses to all concerned. Class audiences may find the film interesting but that will just not be enough.

  • Shishir Gautam
    Shishir Gautam


    Jazbaa will entertain in bits and leave you bewildered at points. Watch if you are hardcore Sanjay Gupta fan.

  • …is compelling. If it were served like a food, it can be said, it was the meat of a meal with its vintage-like cinematography, pace and drama. And an ensemble that lived up-to its expectation.

  • Tushar Joshi
    Tushar Joshi
    Bollywood Life


    An edge of the seat thriller that delivers because of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Irrfan Khan’s able performances, Jazbaa won’t disappoint. Book your ticket today.

  • Despite the story being highly far-fetched, the film is still arresting for its pacy storytelling, actors who perform with conviction, and a few interesting surprises in the finale. Whether it’s the performances, the characters, the motive, or the storytelling-there are traces of jazbaa everywhere. Worth a watch!

  • Jazbaa is superficial. The mother aches for her daughter, but it is the glycerin in those pretty wide eyes that tells you so. All characters are grey which is pretty rare in Hindi films but they don’t come together to make the film interesting. The motivations are unclear which builds an air of mystery but the conclusion so convoluted that the only reaction can be a resounding facepalm.

  • Anuj Kumar
    Anuj Kumar
    The Hindu


    The plot has all the ingredients for an entertaining potboiler but the director and the dialogue writer do not create empathy for the characters.

  • The wicked climax of Jazbaa makes it a satisfying watch, but not a watertight thriller.

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  • Rakesh Jha
    Rakesh Jha


    What could have been a powerful human drama is diluted by over the top performances, incoherent storytelling and an overblown script.

  • Sanjay could have spared us the over exaggerated melodrama but at the end of the day, Jazbaa is a great weekend watch and entertaining movie that you will enjoy watching!

  • The film gives such gyan on life, love and universe that it seems less like a whodunnit murder mystery and more like a satsang. There is a spiritual spin to everything. A character in the movie says, I like holding my coffee mug close, because I want to hold my life close and feel it with my naked fingers. I laughed out so loud that my cheeks still hurt.
    Yep, you can hold the coffee mug close, hold your life close too. I am not sure if you should come anywhere close to Jazbaa.

  • Jazbaa is daring, menacing, intriguing and aptly gripping but is never more than a shadow of its original. Novelty is avoidable if the product is able to latch itself to your subconscious (My facourite example of this is Barfi), but Jazbaa barely scrapes through on those grounds. It works but it could’ve been so much better.

  • Sanjay Gupta’s remake of a Korean hit is designed as a comeback vehicle for Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, but Irrfan holds sway all the way.
    The movie loses momentum after the interval and the contradictions pile up as in a train wreck, but there is always a scorchingly lit corner in a never before-seen shade of yellow or green to gaze upon.

  • Director Sanjay Gupta has done a fine job with ‘Jazbaa’ as it has a gripping storyline which keeps you glued to your seat. ‘Jazbaa’ is indeed a well directed and a well made suspense thriller and it also has a shocking climax which is least expected. Full marks to Sanjay Gupta, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Irrfan Khan and also the supporting cast. Book your tickets right away if you like well made suspense thrillers and one with a good revelationary climax.