“Massy!” This is the echoing chant that reverberates throughout Atlee’s latest venture, “Jawan”, which stars none other than the king of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan (SRK). With the two big names coming together for the first time, the film aims to be a grand spectacle with Atlee’s characteristic over-the-top action and drama. But does it hit the mark or falter under its own weight?
“Jawan” tells the poignant tale of an army officer who’s met with injustice and his son’s endeavor to rectify his father’s plight. SRK’s dual role as both father and son is seamlessly executed and acts as a strong anchor in a script that often loses its footing. Nayanthara shines bright as the supporting pillar alongside SRK. While SRK’s army of girls trying to emulate a modern-day Robin Hood isn’t a fresh narrative – it’s reminiscent of the “Money Heist” or even Kamal Haasan’s “Indian” – what makes “Jawan” stand apart is its unique delivery. Every frame that captures SRK seems like a dance between the camera and its subject, and that’s where the film truly sparkles.
Despite being bolstered by the likes of Vijay Sethupathi, whose villainous turn offers a mix of menace and humor, and Deepika Padukone, who lights up the screen alongside SRK, the narrative is sketchy. The supporting cast largely remains in the background, with SRK in the limelight. Sunil Grover’s inclusion feels somewhat misplaced, and the film occasionally lapses into preachiness. The movie’s pace wavers, especially in the first half, but moments like SRK’s impassioned monologue about the importance of voting redeem it.
All said and done, “Jawan” is a cinematic feast. Though not without its flaws, in an era where every nuance is scrutinized, “Jawan” ensures an enjoyable cinema experience. Flawed yet fascinating, this is one rollercoaster you don’t want to miss.