Jawan Movie Review: Shahrukh Khan’s latest movie, ‘Jawan,’ has taken the box office by storm on the occasion of Janmashtami. The excitement both inside and outside the theaters is truly remarkable. Shahrukh fans have celebrated this day like a festival. But to be honest, ‘Jawan’ feels like a slightly improved version of his previous film, ‘Pathan.’ However, the magic of Shahrukh Khan’s name in the film gives ‘Jawan’ a unique touch.
Jawan Movie Review: Story and Screenplay
When it comes to the story and screenplay, ‘Jawan’ is on par with ‘Pathan.’ Making a commercial, pan-India film often prioritizes financial considerations, and with Atlee Kumar as the director, expecting a drastically different story is unrealistic. Atlee has presented ‘Jawan’ in his established style, which undoubtedly appeals to the audience. However, if you expect something entirely fresh, you might be disappointed.
The teaser hinted at a father-son story in ‘Jawan,’ and it was known that Shahrukh would play a double role. The film also emphasizes various themes, including patriotism, the rights and duties of common people, a corrupt government, the security system’s flaws, and women’s empowerment. All these elements are woven together as a man takes a stand against these issues and seeks revenge against politicians and security forces. Does he finally get justice and avenge his parents? You’ll find all the answers in this film. Despite its simplicity, Shahrukh Khan’s charisma adds an extra layer of appeal to ‘Jawan.’
While the story itself is straightforward, the treatment and fast-paced narrative keep ‘Jawan’ from becoming dull. The cinematography by GK Vishnu and Ruben’s composition are outstanding, enhancing several scenes. Notably, Shahrukh Khan’s powerful action sequences, particularly at the interval, and the thrilling chase scene towards the climax are highlights. Anirudh’s background score shines in some places and falls flat in others, but ‘Jawan’s’ music stands out from Shah Rukh Khan’s previous films. The film also contains a few surprises, which we won’t spoil.
One of ‘Jawan’s’ strong points is its impressive action sequences. It’s a joy to see Shah Rukh Khan in a ‘Don’-style fight scene with minimal use of visual effects. The action in ‘Jawan’ surpasses ‘Pathan’ because it feels more authentic. Credit is also due to the talented ensemble cast, including Sanya Malhotra, Priyamani, Girija Oak, Sanjeeta Bhattacharya, and Lahar Khan, who may not have extensive roles but deliver commendable performances. However, the roles of Ejaz Khan and Sunil Grover seem somewhat unnecessary. Casting 38-year-old Riddhi Dogra as 56-year-old Shahrukh Khan’s mother is a bit of a stretch, but it’s a minor issue. The flashback story of the imprisoned girls is more touching than Deepika Padukone and Shahrukh Khan’s flashback, making Deepika’s cameo feel like a marketing ploy.
The film primarily relies on Shahrukh Khan, Vijay Sethupathi, and Nayanthara, and they deliver their best performances. Nayanthara’s role diminishes after the interval, but she leaves a lasting impression. ‘Jawan’ reaffirms that Vijay Sethupathi is a versatile actor who excels in any role. Whether as a hero or a villain, Vijay Sethupathi proves his ability to leave a mark.
Shah Rukh Khan’s Effort
Despite his iconic status, Shah Rukh Khan doesn’t rest on his laurels. Every frame of ‘Jawan’ reflects his sincere effort to offer something different. While ‘Pathan’ was made with commercial considerations in mind, ‘Jawan’ demonstrates Shah Rukh’s dedication to his craft. His portrayal of the father’s role is particularly noteworthy. When Shahrukh appears on screen with a white beard, disheveled hair, a cigar, and unmatched swag, it’s a reminder of why he’s a superstar. Shahrukh proves once again that he’s not just a romance king but a powerful actor. His live TV speech at the film’s end is reminiscent of his final speech in ‘Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani.’ Shahrukh Khan has invested his heart, mind, and resources into ‘Jawan,’ and it shines on the screen.
‘Jawan’ offers a blend of South Indian masala, drama, patriotism, and commentary on various societal issues, from healthcare to voting rights. While the dramatic elements might be a bit much for today’s OTT-focused audience, ‘Jawan’ is an entertaining film that never disappoints in terms of audience enjoyment. If you decide to watch it, you’ll undoubtedly have a great time.
Jawan Movie Official Trailer