“For every nobody who wants to be a somebody” is the typical underlying message of Mukesh Bhatt’s latest movie Jashnn. Throw in an interesting subject called ‘music’ and you have a winning combination for a movie right? Perhaps not then! This is hardly an innovative concept so it will have to be unique to prevent another embarrassment to the Bhatt camp but based on their recent movies, they have got used to mediocrity. Actually come to think of it, we all know this concept can still work and deliver results because we all remember last year’s Rock On!! which was brilliant from start to finish…when you bring that into the equation, Jashnn has a lot to live up to!
Aakash Verma (Adhyayan Suman) is a 23 year old under-achiever who has lived and breathed music all his life. He has no job or income but his passion keeps him going and motivates him to perform (without charge) in an attempt to achieve his ultimate dream of becoming a superstar…one day. Unfortunately through his daily ebbs and frustrations of being a musician, a brother (his only family is his sister Nisha, an alcoholic struggler played by Shahana Goswami) and a dreamer, he realises that talent is not enough to achieve his goal. So he toils blood and sweat as lead artist in a band to get some much needed publicity and a break in his life…
In doing so he meets Sara (Anjana Sukhani) and falls in love with her at first sight (yes it happens very often in Bollywood dear readers!). Unfortunately she happens to be the sister of his arch nemesis, the production mogul Aman (played by Humayun Saeed) who wants him to stay away from her or else face eviction from his house along with his sister (Nisha works for Aman’s business during the day and provides his other needs during the night)…So what does Aakash do? Choose his sister or Sara? And what about the consequences of his decision and his struggles to get a break in his music career, how does that evolve? If you can bear it, the rest of the movie unravels all these questions and more besides….
Actually let’s be frank: you are going to find it difficult to sit through this mainly because the entire script is so predictable and dragging throughout. Maybe that explains the urge to give up on it just like the other people did in the cinema hall? But then again, maybe we should not expect more given that this has become a tendency of the Bhatt movies in recent times?
At least they continue their tradition of serving us with good music which is once again the highlight of an otherwise feeble effort. Their choice of newcomers Sharib-Toshi and Nouman Javaid works a treat and whilst the music is no Raaz beater, it’s still a great listen particularly the tracks composed by Nouman Javaid (Dard-e-Tanhai and Main Chala). Having said that the song picturisation is poor.
Performances in a movie littered with relatively unknown faces gives opportunities for newcomers to make a mark. Sadly not many take their chances here. Adhyayan is pretty good but that’s only relative to his co-stars. At least his performance is an improvement from his previous films (including Raaz: TMC) but he is still raw and needs to work on his dialogue delivery and his expressions need sharpening further. The rest of the cast are average or poor barring Humayun Saeed. Direction by Hasnain Raksha is about par as is the rest of the production team but the editing could have made the movie a less of a drag. Unfortunately the script is the major letdown and as a result the movie cannot be recommended whatsoever.
Comparisons with the supremely polished Rock On don't get a starter. In fact Jashnn doesn't even deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence, it’s simply way behind in quality stakes and confirms another failure of the Bhatt’s, the ‘stale-warts’ of the industry. They need to have a major rethink on their future projects…as for Jashnn, buy the music and forget the movie ever existed!