In the heart-pounding final act of “Jawan,” Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and the ever-brilliant Vijay Sethupathi face off in a scene that crowns this cinematic spectacle. A young South Indian director, Atlee, renowned for his 100 percent success rate, has joined forces with SRK to deliver a Hindi mass movie that rivals the best in recent times. This film, also available in Tamil and Telugu versions, seamlessly blends sharp writing with technical finesse to create a crowd-pleaser of epic proportions.
“Jawan” transcends boundaries, bringing together the best of two film worlds in a frenzied yet captivating manner. Shah Rukh Khan, fresh from his box-office triumph in “Pathaan,” harnesses a screenplay with substance while never losing sight of its primary goal: unadulterated entertainment.
Packed with the quintessential ingredients of a high-octane action film, “Jawan” is more than just another blockbuster. It’s a meta vehicle where a star communicates directly with his fan base, addressing pressing issues that demand attention. In this aspect, it bears a resemblance to the 2017 Vijay starrer, “Mersal,” Atlee’s earlier masterpiece.
Atlee’s Hindi debut, “Jawan,” co-written with S. Ramana Girivasan (known for “Theri” and “Mersal”), taps into Shahrukh Khan’s magnetism and explores the hot-button themes of our times. The result? A potboiler that blends explosive action sequences with intimate emotional moments.
“Jawan” tells a poignant soldier’s story without resorting to jingoism. Instead, it speaks for the masses, delving into issues that resonate with those at the mercy of the politically and economically powerful.
Without naming names or drawing real-life parallels, “Jawan” tackles crony capitalism, bad loans, farmer suicides, dilapidated government hospitals, malfunctioning military equipment, election fraud, and the struggle of a citizenry denied rightful resources.
The film spotlights apathetic ministers, deceitful politicians, and inept bureaucrats who evade accountability within a corrupt system. Yet, it delivers its message with flair, devoid of gratuitous grandstanding.
Who better to embody this multifaceted role than SRK? Even as he portrays an invincible action hero seeking justice against a powerful industrialist, SRK grounds his character in reality, endowing the film with a human touch.
Produced by Gauri Khan under Red Chillies Entertainment, “Jawan” erases the line between the actor and the star, creating a captivating one-way conversation with the audience. SRK effortlessly bridges the gap, ensuring a seamless narrative flow.
On one level, “Jawan” serves as fan service, delivering the quintessential masala film experience. Yet, it’s also a tale of revenge that doubles as a political statement. The film closes with SRK’s character, looking into the camera and echoing a powerful message, reminiscent of “Chennai Express”: “Don’t underestimate the power of a common man.” He urges the audience to question, seek answers, and use their votes wisely.
“Jawan” opens in a remote border village where a wounded soldier, now suffering from amnesia, defends the hamlet from a ruthless attack. A promise from a young boy sets the stage for a three-decade journey of discovery.
Fast-forward to present-day Mumbai, where a Metro train hijacking demands the attention of a particular police officer, Narmada Rai (played by Nayanthara). This incident unravels a complex web involving an agriculture minister, a wealthy businessman, and the captain of the operation (SRK), who leads a group of empowered women.
The film seamlessly shifts between high-octane action, emotional depth, and a budding romance between Azad and Narmada. In the second half, “Jawan” delves into Azad’s origin story, his mother’s fate (played by Deepika Padukone in a memorable appearance), and his relationship with former prison jailer Kaveri (Riddhi Dogra).
As the story unfolds, “Jawan” exposes the villainous tycoon’s misdeeds, including attempts to manipulate the electoral process with financial power. The hero and his allies set out to thwart the villain, culminating in an electrifying showdown between SRK and Vijay Sethupathi.
“Jawan” is a cinematic bullseye, offering entertainment alongside a superstar’s influential voice. It underscores its significance both on and off the screen. With an ensemble cast including Shah Rukh Khan, Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupathi, and Deepika Padukone, “Jawan” is a must-see for every movie enthusiast. Don’t miss the cinematic event of the year!