, Jawan Review: It’s both Shah Rukh Khan and social commentary like never before! , , , , ,

4.5 Urbanasian Rating

Film: Jawan

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupathi, Deepika Padukone, Sanya Malhotra, Priyamani, Lehar Khan, Girika Oak, Sanjeeta Bhattacharya, Aaliyah Qureishi and Sunil Grover.

Director: Atlee

Producers: Gauri Khan and Gaurav Verma


Jawan Photo Courtesy Red Chillies Instagram
Jawan   Photo Courtesy Red Chillies Instagram


This review may contain spoilers!


You may have heard the name ‘Vikram Rathore’ throughout the weekend and trending on social media, but that is just one aspect of what Shah Rukh Khan and the film, has to offer.

Jawan tells the story of how Azad, played by Shah Rukh Khan, a jailer of a women’s prison, and six inmates often team up to correct social injustices. The six inmates have been wrongfully accused or framed, and together with Azad, they create unexpected scenarios which force the government to redress injustices which they and the common-man/woman in India face. As their acts always appear life-threatening, coming in the frontline for the nation’s security is NSG officer Narmada Rai, played by Nayanthara. Azad uses the name of ‘Vikram Rathore’ when committing their rather hair-raising situations.

Azad soon finds a suitable bride in Narmada, and from there, a love story between him and Narmada begins. Just as their marital life begins, Narmada discovers that Vikram Rathore is Azad. From here, a journey into the past begins for Narmada and the viewers. While Narmada finds out about Azad’s parents and childhood, Azad reunites with his father, the real Vikram Rathore (also played by Shah Rukh Khan). From this point, a quest to avenge Azad and other Indians’ unjust circumstances begins. This puts them up against arms dealer Kaali, played by Vijay Sethupathi, who is responsible for the wrongdoings to Azad’s parents and fellow soldiers of Vikram, who is also an ex commando.

We have seen plenty of action films from Indian cinema, but what makes Jawan stand out is that the film’s foundation is solid due to the story, and from there, all other thrills and spills emerge. The credit goes to Atlee, who conceptualised and wrote the story. As a director, Atlee brings his story to life with massy execution every Indian loves.

With Jawan, Shah Rukh Khan delivers two memorable characters, and his immersion in Azad and Vikram Rathore is evident. SRK delivers his characters’ fight against injustice with full conviction and executed the action sequences like a full-blown action hero. Vijay Sethupathi gives life to the cruel and pretentious Kaali effortlessly, making the face-offs in the film quite enjoyable to watch. Nayanthara brings grace and grit to her character Narmada, and you would want to see more of her in Bollywood after this. Another show-stealer is Deepika Padukone, whose special appearance is a pivotal one. If you enjoyed Om avenging Shantipriya’s death in Om Shanti Om, you’re in for a treat! The rest of the cast including Priyamani, Sanya Malhotra, Lehar Khan, Girika Oak, Sanjeeta Bhattacharya, Aaliyah Qureishi and Sunil Grover, all deliver great performances too.

Anirudh Ravichander’s groovy and fun-filled music, is neatly woven into the film, and his background music works wonders too!

While Jawan gives the audience many reasons to enjoy and immerse themselves in a ‘paisa vasool’ cinematic experience, the film’s core contributors are undoubtedly Shah Rukh Khan and Atlee. Their collaboration will be remembered forever, and we cannot wait for their next collaboration. We hope we get to see that Swiss bank mission next… watch the film to know what we’re talking about!

Jawan is now showing at a cinema near you!

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