In 1998 a young multitalented person named Kaizad Gustad made a film called 'Bombay Boys' for which he collected money from his friends, family and credit card companies. After lot of hard work and efforts the film finally released and fitted perfectly for its niche audience. He took almost five years to complete his next film 'Boom', which ended up being one of the worst films of that time. He started a small film called 'Bombay Central' which made news for other reasons and life of Kaizad Gustad ended up in court and jail. Now after a decade he comes back with his latest film 'Jackpot' starring veteran actor Naseerudin Shah along with porn queen Sunny Leone. So let's find out whether 'Jackpot' will bring back the director creativity of Kaizad Gustad or might prove that the director has lost his creditability and that failure of 'Boom' was not accidental.
'Jackpot' is story of Boss (Naseerudin Shah) who owns the largest casino in Goa. A con artist Francis (Sachin Joshi) approached Boss with a proposal of a project to make Disney Land in Goa. For that together they plan out a con along with Boss's secretary Maya (Sunny Leone). But things do not go as they had planned and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technicalities:
Story is just plain one liner and we have seen many films based on such theme in Hindi as well as international films. Such films need conviction and styling attached to it. There is styling but the conviction level is nowhere to be seen. The film starts very abruptly and the flashback scenes do not gel with the flow of the film. The whole movie seemed like a fast forwarded movie where nothing is established properly. The whole premise of the film looked kiddish and unrealistic. Sachin Joshi's or Sunny Leone's track is not properly established nor did Naseerudin Shah's interest for such small amount seem justified. Due to few scenes and an unwanted song you fail to connect with the film. Thankfully, in the second half especially towards the climax the torture of songs, stops and the story goes towards its final moments. But till that time your interest is the film is completely lost and you too start to feel like Naseerudin Shah's dialogue of the film -'Koi Aaya Koi Gaya, I Don't Give A Shit'. In short the whole soul of the film was missing and due to which the movie seemed stupid and lame. Technically, it is very well made film with beautiful locations of Goa. Editing in this one and half hour long film is bad and totally abrupt.
Music & Direction:
Music by John Stewart is peppy but not memorable. 'Bol Buggger Bol' and 'Kabhi Jo Baadal Barse' were the best of the rest. The songs were forced and unwanted. Title song gives you the feeling of Bond type of film.
Kaizad Gustad was the only reason for which this movie seemed appealing and when you see the film you feel that he has lost the creativity and has join all those directors who try to make a desi Hollywood type flicks. His story narration is lame, weak and confusing. If a director tries to choose to present his film in a non linear pattern then there should be some reason behind it, it should not be just for styling of the film. Here Kaizad overdoes on the styling part and forgets to even think over the content part and thus ends up delivering a bad product which goes in lines with his last released disaster, 'Boom'.
Sachin Joshi lacked the heroism in him. He looked liked one of the character actors in regional films and to top it up his voice was even terrible than Tusshar Kapoor. Sunny Leone is one of the worst 'Firang' actresses we have seen. Even her loyal audience will be highly disappointed as she fails to do the skin show, for which she is popularly known. Naseerudin Shah also matches up to the worst performance level of his fellow actors. He seems to be going on his fellow actor Om Puri's level where for commercial reasons the actor would do any given role. Makrand Deshpande was fine in his part.
So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum? Well except for the one line con based story and some good cinematography there is absolutely no dum in this weak film. It's boring, confused, abrupt and carelessly made film. Right from the actors to the writers and the director everyone seems to be competing with each other over the bad job done by them. Due to which one could term this movie as "Pot Full Of Jack'asses".