Netflix exclusively premiered the brand-new movie Jaane Jaan starring Bollywood diva Kareena Kapoor. The Japanese author Keigo Higashino’s book “The Devotion of Suspect X,” which was the inspiration for the movie, was the official translator. Important parts were played by Vijay Verma and Jaideep Ahlawat. The Sujoy Ghosh-directed movie is available for streaming in Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi.
Story: The Kalimpong-based movie, starring Kareena Kapoor, is about a single mother named Maya D’souza (also known as Soniya D’souza). In order to care for her daughter Tara D’souza (Naisha Khanna), she works in a cafe. Maya divorces Ajit Mhatre (Saurabh Sachdeva) even before Tara is born since she doesn’t like him. High school teacher Naren Vyas (Jaideep Ahlwahat), Maya’s next-door neighbor, has a crush on her.
Ajit Mhatre unexpectedly appears in Kalimpong and pays a visit to Maya’s home. Maya believes Ajit came for the money, but he has other intentions. Ajit is killed by Maya, and Tara, Maya’s daughter, aids in the murder. Maya is helped by Naren to conceal the crime. Why did Maya kill her husband, and why? Did the police manage to capture Maya, Tara, and Naren? This is the subject of Jaane Jaan.
Performances: With Jaane Jaan, Jaideep Ahlawat of Paatal Lok fame demonstrated his utter talent. As a mathematical prodigy, he delivered a powerful and sophisticated performance. The most valuable aspect of the movie is Jaideep’s subtle performance, and he wins the award for this criminal thriller.
Without a doubt, Kareena Kapoor is a fantastic actress who uses all of her skills. She did an excellent job evoking important scenes. There are some suspenseful moments in the latter 40 minutes of the movie, which is handled effectively.
Technicalities: Impressive backdrop music was composed by Shor Police. Top-notch camera work is done by Avik Mukhopadhyay. The dialogue is nicely crafted, and the production values are good. The editing falls short of expectations.
Sujoy Ghosh, the filmmaker, did a passable job with Jaane Jaan. The lead actors gave solid performances, and the dramatic climax was compelling. Comparisons are inevitable given that Drishyam is a well-known brand in India and that the same Japanese novel served as its inspiration. As a result, Sujoy Ghosh ought to have made some minor changes to the screenplay for the better.
The editing staff could have done a lot better job because the first half is really sluggish. Additionally, the film ends abruptly without addressing a few questions. More information had to have been provided on Ajit Mhatre’s personality.
Analysis: The art direction team does a great job of creating the tone necessary for a crime movie with the small town location. Vijay Varma did a good job portraying a policeman. It was great to see Vijay portraying a new persona this time because the actor has been performing derogatory characters lately.
Sadly, the movie is the official translation of the Japanese novel “The Devotion of Suspect X,” which served as the basis for the hugely successful Malayalam movie Drishyam. There are obvious parallels between Drishyam and Jaane Jaan. There are obvious similarities between the Malayalam movie and the manner the alibi is made to conceal the murder.
Due to these inescapable analogies, the first hour makes one want to see Drishyam again. The same Drishyam has been translated into Hindi and other Indian languages. This hurts the movie, but luckily the lead actors’ outstanding performances and the concluding scenes save it.
Verdict: Jaane Jaan is an adequate criminal thriller overall, with some suspenseful scenes in the final 40 minutes. The Drishyam series was based on a Japanese novel, which served as the basis for the film. As a result, comparisons will undoubtedly enter the picture. Given that the bulk of the public watches Drishyam, the creators need to have thought of some fresh concepts. In a well-known setting, Kareena Kapoor, Jaideep Ahlawat, and Vijay Varma excel. This movie is made watchable by its outstanding performances and a few well-executed sequences.