Nothing much celebratory in this film about an aspiring singer caught in a tangle of relationships
By Nikhil Kumar
Fri, Jul 17, 2009 16:22:31 GMT
There are many confrontational moments between Akash and Aman and Nisha. And there are sequences that reflect Akash’s despair and dejection – how he hits the bottle and resorts to theft when he sees his dream dying. And even though the climax, set in a music competition, is predictable in the sense you know beforehand who’ll win, it still makes for an interesting watch because the build-up in the story prior to that creates momentum for the film to hit the crescendo. It’s these touching moments that make ‘Jashnn’ an above-average film. Otherwise the film’s elongated and over-stuffed second half, and not to forget the thanda love track between Adhyayan and Anjana, almost grates on your nerves.
Adhyayan has a long way to go before he’s nominated at the awards, but the lad does show a sincere earnestness in his performance. Shahana is easily the scene stealer in the film, even though she gets less footage in the second half. Pakistani actor Humayun Saeed is very promising. Anjana Sukhani shows a few flashes of good acting but mostly ends up looking pretty.
The script by writer Shagufta Rafique has a few holes here and there, the film’s music glosses over it with melodies that strike an instant chord.