''Calls for a Modest Celebration...''
Hindi Cinema has witnessed some great films with the theme of Victory of the Underdog. But any film that comes quite soon after 'Rock On!' based on Music and dreamers should be ready for some inevitable comparisons. This Friday, Jashn arrives with the very baggage of a cliched concept and similarity to a contemporary cult film.
This concept of a Young Dreamer who wants to make it big on his own terms would connect big time with the Youngsters. But then, this is a Vishesh Films product. And this story is more about Human beings and their Relationships and lesser about Music. Yes, the romantic track is very typical and veers towards irritation initially but otherwise, There are some true-to-life connecting stories and characters written with a certain kind of ugliness and no-holds-barred quality, which may make one feel uncomfortable.
Mahesh Bhatt is alleged to have wielded the megaphone for some portions of the film, and his trademark actually shows in many scenes. At times Jashn appears like a blend of many Bhatt works with a new backdrop (though of course with hummable Music as always to accompany).
However, The narrative overall lacks conviction and One never completely gets engrossed with the characters. The Story is not that gripping as it could be and takes it own time to come to the point, which may mean boredom for a layman.
Having said that, the protagonist and his Sister's character are pretty well written and we can feel what they are going through. There are some really good scenes which showcase the harsh reality that Life sometimes makes us see.
Jashn’s Music is another of its strengths and helps the writers to convey the characters and their state of mind. Many a times when the speed drags, its the Music which keeps us interested.
The performances however do justice to their well written characters. Adhyanan Suman puts up quite a sincere act, though honestly the role needed a more competent character. Shahana Goswami too is very nice. Anjana Sukhani is the most surprising performance of the lot, while Pakistani actor Humayun Saeed is just brilliant, though his character wasnt justified towards the end and could’ve had more flesh in the beginning.
In Short, for those who like the “victory of the underdog” kinda stories and can have a little patience while the film takes it time to grow on you, Jashn indeed is a highly watchable film. A sincere product from Vishesh Films; Recommended, though with reservations.
Rating – 2.9