‘Never underestimate the power of the common man’, SRK had grandly told us and his adversaries in Chennai Express last year. It is now Salman Khan’s turn to warn the world of the grave perils of needling the common man.
The male protagonist of Jai Ho, suspended army officer Major Jai Agnihotri, is a comic-strip superhero that resembles a runaway armoured tank rather than a recognizable human being. On his part, however, the eponymous hero would have us believe that ‘being human’ is all that counts. What that translates into is a rather corny goodwill campaign aimed at creating a chain of good deeds. The ex-major prevents a girl from being abducted by a gang of goons, helps a physically challenged girl write an examination paper and restores a kidnapped child to its mother, among other acts of great valour and kindness.
But he is no ordinary do-gooder. He doesn’t take a mere ‘thank you’ for a response. He exhorts the grateful beneficiaries of his acts of bravery to keep the spirit going by helping three other people each. When Salman Khan flexes his muscles and bellows with all his might, nobody stands a chance in hell of standing out. As for debutante Daisy Shah, she merely withers away under the onslaught.
There is a high probability that Salman Khan will deliver his sixth consecutive hit with Jai Ho after the super-success of Dabangg, Ready, Bodyguard, Ek Tha Tiger and Dabangg 2.
An official remake of Chiranjeevi-starrer Telugu movie ‘Stalin’, which itself was an unofficial remake of the Helen Hunt-starrer Hollywood movie ‘Pay It Forward’ !!