Direction: Kunal Deshmukh
Jannat presented by Vishesh Films (Mukesh and Mahesh Bhatt) and directed by Kunal Deshmukh has Emraan Hashmi and Sonal Chauhan in lead roles. Emraan delivered a great performance in Mohit Suri’s Awarapan. Jannat revolves around cricket, match-fixing and even Bob Woolmer’s case. But the core of Jannat is the love story between Emraan and Sonal.
Jannat is the story of a man caught in a quagmire of crime and consumerism as he struggles to find heaven on earth.
Arjun is a reckless young man with an obsession for making money at card games. A chance meeting with a girl in a mall, Zoya gives him the reasons he was looking for to move out of his ordinary life. He steps up from playing small-time card games to becoming a bookie. Stuck in a triangle of sorts between the woman he loves and his addiction to make a quick buck, Arjun moves on from being a bookie to a runner for the mafia. He steps into the world of match fixing. Arjun switches on the limelight to bigger, better, faster, more, until his dizzying rise attracts the attention of the police. Arjun has to now choose between the love of his life, Zoya, and this new found success and power. As Arjun struggles to choose between the two, the Don offers the forbidden apple of limitless wealth in exchange of his soul and draws him into his core entourage of money spinners.
How far will the horizon of reality stretch as Arjun and Zoya tread a fine, fast-blurring line between right and wrong to find the heaven they have been looking for?
Cricket is a religion in India and that’s one of the biggest advantages of Jannat. Cricket will help pull the crowds in. The story is different, interesting which makes it an engrossing watch. The match-fixing and betting world has been scripted and executed quite well too. But unfortunately after a great first half, the movie starts to fall apart in the second. The pace is slow and a few songs just worsen things, they need to be edited off. Music of Jannat rocks!
But it’s in the performance department that Jannat scores. Emraan Hashmi delivers a brilliant performance yet again; it’s really high time the bigger banners start considering him. He is the soul of Jannat and carries the movie on his shoulders. It’s actually Emraan who makes Jannat work to a certain extent. Sonal Chauhan is good for a newcomer, looks gorgeous. Vishal Malhotra is just ok. Javed Sheikh is good. Samir Kochar is excellent.