By Goher Iqbal Punn, Film Critic & Entertainment Analyst, Showbiz Bites
Director: Kaizad Gustad
Cast: Sachiin Joshi, Sunny Leone, Naseeruudin Shah and Makrand Deshpande
Music: Various Artists
Jackpot is out…the movie has been in news not because that it is a big banner or high-budgeted movie at all (since it carries no big banner and no big budget – it is a low budget movie), rather it has been grabbing the limelight just because of Sunny Leone. Whenever Sunny is associated with any project, it becomes noticeable. And we all are well aware of the fact as to why this happens? Kaizad Gustad directs this venture that stars Sunny Leone, Sachiin Joshi and Naseeruddin Shah in main leads. Jackpot is a thriller laced with many one-liners, which utterly do not impress you at all. The film is set in the backdrop of Goa and casino boats. The film carries what the viewers want to see in the film – obviously skin show of Sunny Leone. Otherwise, it holds not much attention though the script is attractive.
The film talks about an amateur gang of young Goan con artists who plan a perfect con. But contrary to their minds and plan, they come to know that a reverse con has been played back on all of them.
The film’s beginning happens with the title track that is an inspiration from the Bond movies. As mentioned earlier that the script is attractive, but the sub plots into the narrative make the viewers confused. Here, it lacks the energy. Soon after the title track, the characters are introduced. The brilliance of Kaizad is his hiding the mystery – he does not unzip it in the beginning rather takes it to the climax. The multiple cons being played at a time make the audiences really confused, the writer (well, this credit Kaizad takes it as well) must have worked on it carefully.
The post portion of the film is really catchy and all the unanswered question on the minds of the viewers are answered in the second half of the film. The twists and turns into the narrative allure the viewers and seem apt at right places. The execution of the subject on celluloid is attractive. The camera work is simply awesome and catchy. Background score is simply magical. Editing is average. Music by various musicians is below average.
Sachiin Joshi, who is the producer of the movie also, attracts with his act. Sunny Leone shows her improvement as an actress. But you cannot rate her acting prowess higher. She still needs to improve a lot especially on her facial expressions. Naseeruddin Shah is a great actor and he shows his dexterity of the art of acting perfectly. Others too go well with the jobs.
In a capsule, Jackpot is not a big movie with brilliant performances and heart-hitting script rather an enjoyable flick to get you entertained.