Last Updated on November 27, 2023 by SPN Editor
Bollywood’s Badshah, Shah Rukh Khan, returns to the big screen with the action-packed drama Jawan. Director Atlee, known for his masala entertainers, the film has generated immense buzz due to its star-studded cast and high-octane action sequences. With sky-high expectations, “Jawan” has finally hit theaters, and it’s time to see if it lives up to the hype.
“Jawan” revolves around Vikram Rathore (Shah Rukh Khan), an Indian soldier who takes an unconventional path to serve society. He hijacks a metro train, taking passengers hostage, with a specific target in mind – the weapon dealer and renowned businessman, Khaali Gaikwad (Vijay Sethupathi). As NSG officer Narmada (Nayanthara) attempts to unravel the situation, the film explores the connection between Vikram Rathore and Khaali Gaikwad, with Vikram’s son Azad (also played by Shah Rukh Khan) holding a pivotal role in the unfolding drama.
“Jawan” is a cinematic experience crafted for the big screen, offering plenty of crowd-pleasing moments. Atlee’s direction presents Shah Rukh Khan in a spectacular manner, catering to the masses with high-octane action and engaging sequences. The film hits the right notes, particularly during Shah Rukh Khan’s introduction and the interval segments.
Shah Rukh Khan’s charismatic presence and his portrayal of Vikram Rathore stand out. His intense performance captivates the audience, and the chemistry between him and Nayanthara adds depth to the narrative. Vijay Sethupathi impresses with his dialogues and mannerisms, particularly in his confrontations with Shah Rukh Khan.
The film strikes a balance between action and emotion, especially in the first half, where Atlee successfully blends the two elements. The stunt choreography deserves special mention for delivering breathtaking action sequences, including a memorable truck chase.
The music score by Anirudh Ravichander complements the film beautifully, enhancing the overall impact. It seamlessly integrates with the narrative, and Shah Rukh Khan’s dance sequences add a touch of Bollywood glamour.
While “Jawan” has a strong underlying message about society, it struggles to convey it effectively amidst the high-octane action and elevations. The editing in the second half could have been tighter to maintain the film’s pacing.
Plot-wise, the movie doesn’t offer anything particularly new, and it occasionally leans into predictable territory. Some over-the-top sequences, designed for mass appeal, may feel clichéd. The “Faraatta” song featuring Shah Rukh and Deepika Padukone doesn’t make a strong visual impact.
Anirudh Ravichander’s background score elevates the film, enhancing Shah Rukh Khan’s electrifying presence. GK Vishnu’s cinematography captures the action sequences brilliantly, while the production values by Red Chillies are top-notch.
Director Atlee, known for his masala entertainers, delivers what’s expected of him. He presents Shah Rukh Khan in a manner that caters to his fans’ wishes. While the film slows down slightly in the second half, Atlee compensates with high-octane sequences and humor, ensuring an entertaining experience.
“Jawan” is a well-crafted commercial entertainer that caters to Shah Rukh Khan fans and lovers of mass entertainers. It offers pulse-pounding moments, electrifying action, and stunning visuals, making it a box office contender. While the film struggles to convey its social message effectively and has some predictability, Director Atlee and Shah Rukh Khan’s performance makes it a worthwhile theatrical experience. If you’re a fan of masala entertainers, “Jawan” is a solid choice for a weekend watch.
Signpost Movie Reviewers is proud to give 3 stars out of 5.