The Helping Hand

Cast: Salman Khan, Daisy Shah, Mohnish Behl, Danny Denzongpa, Tabu, Genelia D’Souza, Mahesh Manjrekar, Nadira Babbar, Ashmit Patel, Aditya Pancholi, Suniel Shetty, Varun Badola, Nauheed Cyrusi, Tulip Joshi.

Jai Ho review Salman Khan

Back with a “DaBang”, is Salman Khan with a film that not only has all the makings of a masala flick, but also carries a social message that is quite well synced with the release of India’s Republic Day. Playing the role of ‘Jai‘, the perfect Samaritan, this film is a feel good one and the drama unfolds as a mere ‘thank you’ for a good deed or a helping hand is replaced by further showing your gratitude and helping out three other people who in turn must help three other people – the chain goes on and gets stronger, you know what I mean (Let’s keep the math out of this).

Jai Ho review Salman Khan

Like almost all Hindi  movies, this one is a battle between god and bad. In this case, between a political party headed by Danny Denzongpa and the ever so popular macho man Salman Khan (ex army man) who is fighting against the injustice and corruptions that India must deal with. And while action sequences that strongly consist of roars, bites and scratches amongst the usual and of course – a shirtless battle of two buffed men (one of course who is Salman Khan) , this movie is  quite entertaining and adrenaline filled despite all this. Emphasizing that ‘one man can make a difference’, the film follows our very own Sallu’s path as he protects a young beggar, writes an exam for a handicap and finally – protects his family and even the chief minister (Mohnish Behl).

Jai Ho Danny Pulkit Mohnish

Adding an element of   inevitable but invisible romance to the film ‘s storyline is newcomer Daisy Shah who only has one feather in her hat – dancing. Her chemistry with Salman lacks an r of romance and I refrain from commenting on the music tracks of this film simply because not one of the songs created an impression and my memory fails to serve me with even one track that I could possibly hum. But Pulkit Samrat makes his debut with this film and is a promising newcomer, we hope. Crisp editing and a quick pace moves the story along and even though you know the hero is always safe, you may at times catch yourself at the edge of the seat. We, in general, are always rooting for the good side!

Tabu plays the elder sister who supports her brothers attempts at salvaging every situation and becomes universal ‘didi’ to everyone. I quite enjoyed Salman and Tabu’s mother’s (Nadira Babbar)performance because she personifies every other Indian mother out there but besides this, Salman carries the entire film on his shoulders. There are few scenes in the movie that are quite unrealistic and blown out of proportion – like Suniel Shetty rescuing wounded Salman in a tanker on the roads and all that, but hey, it’s a movie and I don’t hear anyone complaining. You cannot help smiling in the end when Mahesh Manjrekar’s character, an auto rickshaw driver, who saves Jai’s life tells him, “No need to say thank you. Just help three people next time you get an opportunity.” Things come a full circle when Jai hears somebody telling him what he has been telling people throughout the film.

Daisy Shah Jai Ho Review
Daisy Shah

In the end, all’s well that ends well but what happens to the life of a common man? Your guess is as good as mine.

I give it 3 stars.


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