Every Hindi film lover has loved and cherished the magical beauty of Rekha's evergreen classic film 'Umraojaan'. The movie still connects with its viewers due to its fantastic music, mesmerizing costumes, splendid performance, cultural theme, fine direction and traditional values attached to it. Cine lovers were desperately waiting to see more such work from the director Muzaffar Ali. Sadly, except for an artistic 'Gaman' and over hyped 'Anjuman' the director failed to repeat his magic. He also started filming another such type of classic film 'Zooni' starring Vinod Khanna and Dimple Kapadia, which had Kashmir, as its backdrop. This movie took years in making and eventually got shelved and now after a long gap, the director is back with his another period costume drama 'Jaanisaar'. Thus, let's find out whether 'Jaanisaar' will portray the magical touch of, 'Umraojaan' director or might end up displaying the lost touch of the director.Story
'Jaanisaar' is a story set in the late 19th century of Avadh city and the struggles relates to it. Aamir Ali (Imran Abbas) returns back from London to his princely estate which is managed by his grandfather (Dalip Tahir). At that time Aamir meets a courtesan Noor (Pernia Qureshi) and after few meets, falls in love with her. On the other end Aamir's subject are forced by the Britishers to grow opium on their fertile land. Aamir comes to know about the farmer's problems and also about all other issues created by the British officer (Carl Wharton) and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story is one liner and has been presented with many twisted facts. The screenplay takes its own sweet time to establish the confusing plot and till the time it comes on a right track, it ends up with a predicted and a cliche ending. Except for a couple of scenes based on the history and culture of the city, there's not even a single scene which is worth mentioning. The screenplay is super confusing, as lots of stuff keeps happening in the film out of which many are un-relevant to the plot line of the film. The queen track, patriotic farmers' issues, uprising, rebels, dancers, politics and few such tracks are totally unwanted. The scenes seemed never ending and are presented in a totally tacky manner. The climax of the film is abrupt and unconvincing. The cinematography is very good, but the usage of chroma in background dilutes the flow of the film.Music & Direction:
Music has been the biggest positive point in films and here, they are presented in an average manner. The songs are as per the mood and flow of the film. Though, they are very old, stylish but still ends up being a soothing experience to our ears.
Director Muzaffar Ali fails to recreate the magic of 'Umraojaan' and presents his latest film in a tacky outdated manner. Though his minute detailing (jewellery, costume, architectural references, paintings, etc) are of top notch. Sadly, films don't work only by them and needs a decent script, which was highly missing out here, despite of being written by some big names of our film industry.Performances:
Imran Abbas and Pernia Qureshi fails to act and ends up delivering back to back worst performances. There are hardly any expressions on the face of both of these actors. Muzaffar Ali is wasted. Dalip Tahir, Abid Yunus Khan and fine in their parts.So bol meri 'Filmi Khopdi' iss film mein kitna hain Dum???
Dum??? Well, there is just one liner dum along with some good presentation about the culture of that era, but, besides that, there is no dum in this boring and dragging film. The movie is so boring that even if patients suffering from insomnia will watch it, they will get a good, deep sleep or, let's say they will have a soulless deep slumber type of feeling.Rating - 0.5/5