After a year long wait Salman Khan returns to screen with this week’s release ‘Jai Ho’ directed by Sohail Khan. On the onset would like to clarify that if you are going to the theaters expecting another Dabangg, Wanted, Ready or Bodyguard then you will be heavily disappointed. However the movie has its staple dose of mass entertaining fight sequences and one liners as seen in previous Salman starrers but this one comes with a social message.

Jai Agnihotri (Salman Khan) is a suspended Army Officer who along with his bunch of friends played by (Ashmit Patel and Yash Tonk) starts a mission of helping people and asking them to help three people each and give rise to a chain of goodness. In his endeavor of helping people he ruffles few feathers and in turn encounters a block in the form of the ruling Home Minister Dashrath Singh (Danny Danzongpa) and his group.

The movie has a good message however on the script level the movie falters. The first half of the movie seems to drag along as Salman is shown helping victim after another with the same set of dialogues repeated to form a chain of goodness. Instead a voice over with montages would have helped to fasten the pace of the movie and also to establish the fact that he has helped a number of people and the formation of the ‘Goodness Chain’.

There are many sub-plots and a number of actors from the 90’s (who have been out of action) like Vatsal Seth, Sharad Kapoor, Ashmit Patel, Nauheed Cyrusi, Aditya Pancholi, Tulip Joshi, Mukul Dev, Yash Tonk etc., gets a break in them.

Newcomers Daisy Shah and Sana Khan gets less screen time and they seem to do well in their parts. Danny Denzongpa and Nadira Babbar are good and Tabu after a long hiatus seems to be the perfect actor to be cast as Geeta (Salman’s sister). Child artist Naman who enthralled us in Zoya Akhtar’s segment in ‘Bombay Talkies’ and ‘Chillar Party’ does a fantastic job. Genelia D’souza does a fantastic portrayal of a disabled college girl who commits suicide, would love to see her more on screen.

However the movie belongs to Salman Khan, Salman Khan and only Salman Khan. If it was any other actor the movie would have fallen flat on the face. Salman showcases a wonderful performance which is not reminiscent of his earlier outings. 

The cinematography is good, fight sequences are thrilling, editing could have been crisper especially in the first half, background score is good and sound designing is wonderful.

Director Sohail Khan does an average job but shows some good streak in the emotional scenes. Music is plain average compared to normal Salman movies however two songs “Tere Naina” and the “Photocopy” are good.

On an average the movie is a good one time watch for every Salman fan.

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