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Massy affair with an extremely sexy & stylised SRK Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Nayanthara, Vijay Senthupathi, Deepika Padukone, Sanya Malhot...

Massy affair with an extremely sexy & stylised SRK

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Nayanthara, Vijay Senthupathi, Deepika Padukone, Sanya Malhotra, Priyamani, Sunil Grover

Rating: 4.5/5


We won’t get back 90s SRK ever again. The era of romantic films is officially over; Shah Rukh Khan came out with Pathan, an icky action blockbuster some months ago and now he’s back with the much-awaited Jawan, the literal definition of mass; from the action set-pieces which are larger than life to the stylized cinematography. The plotline itself is unbelievable but somehow it’s believable during the film. The film has a mammoth runtime (169.14 minutes) but it never gets boring even for a split second. 

Azad Rathore (SRK) is a prison officer at a woman's prison, on a mission to clear the name of his soldier-father Vikram Rathore (SRK). Keeping a promise made to his mother Aishwarya (Deepika) he becomes a vigilante and brings justice to the oppressed with his gang of women consisting of Lakshmi, Eeram, Ishkra, Kalki, Helena and Janhvi, where they face challenges from senior cop and Azad's love interest Narmada Rai (Nayanthara) and a global weapons dealer Kaali Gaikwad (Vijay).

SRK can play the sophisticated hero or antihero (Don and Don 2) and really dumb characters (Duplicate and Chaahat). He can play the romantic hero (countless films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kai Ho Na Ho or Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge), the psychotic antihero (Darr and Anjaam), but what we see here is totally different from every character we’ve seen him play over the last 31 years. He is sophisticated, stylish and funny and kind of the desired romantic hero (in a few scenes) and extremely cool as Vikram Rathore. He puts his heart and soul into his characters and the outcome is an effortlessly good-looking SRK.

While the film is predictable from the first scene, it never lets you off the hook. It throws at you everything it has - from political messaging to over-the-top stunts and action set-pieces which might seem a little ridiculous when viewed out of context - to keep you hooked and it works somehow. Atlee directs the hell out of this, using every technique in the book from excessive slow-motion to having a gritty color grade. The action set-pieces are extremely well constructed and riveting. and it shows that this has six action directors.

Vijay Sethupati brings just the ride sort of sophistication needed for Kalee. Nayanthara is excellent, bringing the female empowerment arc to the character deftly along with Sanya Malhotra, Sangeeta Bhattacharya, Lehar Khan, Priyamani and Girija Oak. Deepika Padukone looks beautiful and is really good in a special appearance. Sunil Grover has hardly any screen time. Sanjay Dutt rocks in a seeti-maar, crowd-pleasing surprising appearance. His entry is welcomed with thundering claps and whistles. 

The slow-motion shots look the coolest in the film, the cinematography and production design are really good. Atlee does a brilliant job of keeping the audience emotionally involved with the characters and their past till the end. The VFX though could have been better. Anirudh’s songs are catchy but not great. The dance sequences are well choreographed and the dancers seem full of energy.

The whole film is fan service and a mass entertainer done right, especially the climax which is riveting, and is full of adrenaline, that makes it even more fun to watch. Definitely a spectacle not to be missed. The mass entertainer of the year for sure! 

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