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Anuradha Verma is a prominent criminal lawyer and a single mother who has never lost a case. One day her daughter Sanaya is kidnapped and no ransom is demanded, but instead the kidnapper contacts her and tells her that she has to defend a convicted felon to get her daughter back. The felon is Miyaaz Shaikh who is convicted for rape and murder of a young woman and the case against him is set for judgement in four days. The kidnapper keeps track of Anuradha very closely to make sure she complies with his demand. With the pressure of time against her, Anuradha tries to get help from her suspended police friend Yohan who has been suspended from the police force for flaunting the rules and regulations too often. The case against Miyaaz Shaikh is handled by a renowned public prosecutor played by Atul Kulkarni who has been defeated by Anuradha and hence has a long time professional rivalry against her. How Anuradha races against time and saves her daughter by twisting the laws to win the ...Written by
Jackie Shroff was replaced in place of Anupam Kher. See more »
(Around 1:40:35) Since her mission had been accomplished after Miyaaz was set free by the court, Ms Chaudhary had no reason to text Yohaan about the whereabouts of her partner-in-crime, Vijay. For the same reason, Yohaan could not have received that text at all. See more »
Whats good about the film is its fast paced with enough suspense to keep you engaged. Jazbaa is tight, gripping and shot in Gupta's signature style. Clearly the film belongs to Aishwarya. She manages to make Anuradha believable. Atul Kulkarni, Shabana Azmi, Jackie Shroff, Irrfan Khan fill up the frame with their strong performances.
Despite having a good story, the director has badly written characters that stands out like a sore thumb in an otherwise stellar star cast. The slow motion scene where Aishwarya runs and screams her daughter's name before interval is too over the top and theatrical. It ruins the subtleness. The flawed moments in Jazbaa are those where Gupta asks his actors to do more, whether it is to scream louder, fight harder, or say the lines with more drama.
Over all, the film is an edge of the seat thriller that delivers because of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Irrfan Khan's able performances, Jazbaa is definitely not a worst film. Had it been a different director, then the film would have been the best.
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