Producer & Director: Suneel
*ing: Akshay Kumar, Karisma Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty, Mohnish
Behl, Shakti Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana, Aditya Kapadia, Johny Lever, and Ashish Vidhyarthi
Music: Anand Milind
Released on : December 24, 1999
Reviewed by: Aniket Joshi
Jaanwar is a story about a child changing a
criminal into a good human being. This film is also supposed to revive Akshay Kumars slagging career. But I really
dont see how. Akshay proved he had talent and was capable of carrying off
challenging role in Sangharsh, but here he doesnt do
full justice. Jaanwar may become a hit or flop, but it certainly doesnt give us any
new insight on Akshay Kumars acting.
Baadshah (Akshay Kumar) is picked up when hes a young child by
Sultaan (Shakti Kapoor). Sultaan turns
Baadshah into a hardcore criminal who robs and kills. Baadshah comes across Sapna (Karisma Kapoor), a dancer, and both fall in love
and decide to get married. On the day of the wedding, Baadshah gets into a fight with one
of his rivals and cant make it to the temple where hes supposed to get
married. He finds a baby boy, lonely without any caretakers and decides to change his way
of life (and name) and be the guardian to the boy. Later, when the boy (Aditya Kapadia) is 8 years old, his biological
parents (Mohinsh Behl and Shilpa Shetty) come back to take him. Sultaan also
comes back to haunt Baadshah, now known as Babu Lohar, because he wants his money back
that Babu lost in a deal.
The screenplay is very poor. Hardly any of the scenes seem like anything
new that Ive seen. There is also a lot of crying, which I think the director put in,
so the audience would cry. But low and behold his efforts misfire, completely. All I was
thinking of while watching the movie is when it would end, since there is hardly anything
new in the film. The story idea itself is good, but the director and writer fail to take
any advantage of it. The only plus points of the film are a few catchy songs (Mera
yaar dildaar bada sona, Kasam se, and Mausam ki
tarha) courtesy of Anand-Milind and a couple of performances.
Akshay Kumar isnt excellent, but hes not that bad either. He
doesnt seem to have the same confident he had in Sangharsh, but he does look fresh
in some scenes. Karisma doesnt have any scope at all, except in the songs. Ashish Vidhyarthi gives a commendable performance,
but with a film thats mediocre such as this one, his work will be easily forgotten.
The worst part of the film, at least for me, is to see a talented actor such as Ashutosh Rana being wasted in such a small role.
Shilpa Shetty has something different here than what she normally gets, but in every scene
all she has to do is cry.
All in all, Jaanwar is certainly not worth anyones time. Only watch
it if youre a big Akshay Kumar fan. If you watch Jaanwar just for him, you might not
get as bored as I did.