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“Jawan” represents an exceptional fusion of Hindi and south cinema, masterfully orchestrated by director Atlee. In this larger-than-life masala blockbuster, Atlee skillfully unveils Shahrukh Khan’s iconic action persona, replete with extravagant action sequences, a potent social message, and a captivating ensemble of characters. The plot seamlessly navigates through different timelines and locations, enhanced by compelling performances. Atlee masterfully crafts one of the most memorable character entrances, where SRK, shrouded in mystery, takes on unidentified assailants as his covers gradually unfold! The story then jumps 30 years into the future where the lead is accompanied by his 6 female team mates, deeply reminiscent of Charlie’s Angels, as they hijack a train in the name of social justice. 


The movie has a series of interesting twists and turns pushing audiences to the edge of their seats. Every character introduction is masterfully crafted with a jaw dropping interval block that leaves audiences asking for more.  The action sequences are flawlessly executed, complemented by exhilarating scores that intensify the excitement. The choreography and set designs are breathtaking, marked by agile and dynamic movements. the movements are reminiscent of various south indian classics and a touch of 90s nostalgia. Nayanthara especially shines in hand to hand combat scenes. 


The movie’s brisk pace often leaves audiences craving more depth, and its social messaging remains  superficial. There’s a sense of incredulity in how swiftly government bodies respond to the vigilante’s whims. The romantic angle between Nayanthara and Shah Rukh Khan, though promising to be interesting, is left largely unexplored. The relationship between the two and the elements of famous SRK romance are left fallow, only coming to fruition in the flash back scenes of the same with Deepika Padukone’s character. 


Deepika Padukone’s extended cameo adds significant depth to the story, showcasing her acting prowess and emotional range. Her presence provides crucial context to the narrative though the musical number seemed out of place and easily FORGETTABLE. Despite boasting of a female star cast, only two characters from the troop are truly explored. In a crass cut away about farmer suicides, Leher Khan’s Kalki discusses the loss of her FATHER while Dr. Eeram (sanya malhotra) gives a more impactful backstory with a more satisfying ending. The short snippets from priyamani’s flashbacks seemed like a missed opportunity both in relation to story and the mass following of the actor.


The villain arc of Vijay Sethupati also feels weak as the character seemed largely gimmicky with a short sidekick, nonsensical analogies and one liners that often missed the mark. The character of his brother referred to as “Golgappa”, the undecipherable  pep talk and the strange cheetah owning investor spill more than they contain. A short glimpse into his evil plans leave audiences even more confused and the over all election conversation is messy and unclear.  


Jawan is exactly what it promises to be, a blockbuster entertainer. It’s packed with chunks of cheer-worthy moments that give you everything from humor to revenge, tragedy to romance and the pure joy of seeing the king of khans embrace the larger than life character. Anirudh Ravichander presented masterful action scores which added value to the punch exchanges.


Rating - 3.5/5 stars

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