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Jaane Jaan Review: Kareena Kapoor, Vijay Varma, Jaydeep Ahlawat Can’t Save this Disjointed Thriller

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Jaane Jaan Review: Kareena Kapoor, Jaydeep Ahlawat, and Vijay Varma will be seen in Sujoy Ghosh’s latest murder mystery in Kalimpong. Sujoy Ghosh’s benchmark with his story was hard to match, and that’s evident in most of his subsequent projects where he wore the director’s hat. With Jaane Jaan, the trailer raised high expectations, and things seemed quite intriguing, but the film could hardly reach that level of intrigue or even come close to unraveling the plot he had planned.

In the middle of Jaane Jaan, and I was convinced that Ghosh knew this wasn’t his best work, but perhaps he relied too heavily on his actors – Kareena Kapoor Khan, Jaydeep Ahlawat, and Vijay Varma – and let them carry the entire film on their shoulders without paying much attention to where the story was headed, to hold the complete film on his shoulders.

And if there’s something that saves Jaane Jaan from sinking, it’s the uneven performances. Collectively, they provide the audience with a satisfying experience. If only I had to watch them perform without thinking about what, why, and how, Jaane Jaan would be a perfect watch.

However, the film stumbles in several departments, and it’s hard to overlook it. While as a director, I have very few complaints with Ghosh’s dedication, Jaane Jaan needed more pace, more depth, and subtleties that are never present, perhaps leaving out a scene about physical abuse.

Kiego Higashino’s 2005 Japanese novel ‘The Devotion of Suspect X’ in its official adaptation, this thriller has all the elements you’d expect in that style, but what it receives and the treatment feels very disjointed. From committing the crime to helping the criminal, solving the mystery doesn’t take much time, which is overshadowed by some excellent performances just being reduced to mere showpieces.

The story belongs to Maya Disuja (Kareena Kapoor Khan), who came to Kalimpong in West Bengal with her daughter Tara (Naisha Khanna) several years ago and runs a cafe. A fateful night when she was trying to cover up her estranged husband Ajit Mhatre’s (Saurabh Sachdeva) murder, she crosses paths with her brilliant but quirky neighbor, Naren aka Teacher (Jaydeep Ahlawat), who immediately steps in to help her.

The objectives are known to be the same. Soon, a murder investigation begins, and relentless cop Karan Anand (Vijay Anand) arrives at the crime scene, who will have to dig deep into this case and uncover the truth. Although he has only one suspicion on Maya, all the evidence is in her favor, so no arrests can be made. How does Karan solve the mystery? Does Maya escape the investigation? Why was Teacher helping Maya? During the course of nearly two hours, all these questions are answered.

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Ghosh, collaborating with Raj Vasant, who wrote the story, starts with quite an enthusiasm and as it progresses, it develops well, but soon, it goes off track and loses focus. On the screen, despite everything coming to the forefront, including some gory details, you never feel that adrenaline rush a murder mystery or a thriller of this scale with such talented actors should provide.

Furthermore, Jaane Jaan bags too many giveaways during its script. For instance, one of the flashback scenes at the beginning tells me too much in one revelation, which could have been saved for the climax. There are some very convenient coincidences that exist only for the sake of convenience and never really drive the plot.

I really wanted there to be a deep, intricate, and thought-provoking story behind everyone’s actions. Ghosh indeed gives us a line to connect to Kareena’s previous story, which is mixed with a series of flashback scenes that leave you with more questions than answers.

In Jaydeep’s character arc as well, there was much more to make it more interesting than what it was. Actually, when it comes to exploring depth in his characters, Ghosh takes a step outside his comfort zone, which is simultaneously powerful and vulnerable. As a single mother, she adds a dimension to her character that emotionally resonates. In a scene where she sings the classic title track, she spices up the story without disturbing its sensibility.

Then there’s Vijay, who steals the attraction in the film, as Lin Lasharam says to Maya, “Look, handsome man.” As a police officer, Vijay is not your traditional uniform-wearing guy and uses his charm and playful tactics to extract information from his suspects. Even in the most serious scenes, he connects dots with his wit or punch lines that fit perfectly. Even in the most serious scenes, he connects dots with his wit or punch lines that fit perfectly.

Despite such brilliant natural performances, Jaane Jaan ends up as an average thriller that keeps you waiting for significant revelations in the climax, sadly never arrives, or whatever it is, it’s too little, too late.

In reality, in the climax sequence, when the entire mystery is being unraveled through a series of flashbacks, or when the puzzle pieces finally start coming together, you realize that the puzzle never existed before and that what you saw in the last two hours is a sequence of events emerging to make sense of what you’ve seen.

For some excellent performances, watch Jaane Jaan, and it’s understanding how Ghosh could have adapted this novel in a different way to make it more intricate. The film is now streaming on Netflix.

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