Arjun Dikshit (Emraan Hashmi), a compulsive gambler finds himself in trouble once every other day with the loan sharks. One fine day he sees Zoya (Sonal Chauhan), a call center executive eyeing a beautiful diamond ring. A bit of a Casanova, Arjun spends the last of his money and buys it for her.
Somewhere along the way, he realises he is so good at predicting cricket matches that could well make a living out of it. By now he is in love with Zoya and so he impresses her with his singing and driving abilities just like Rajesh Khanna did in Aradhana. That is not to mention the expensive gifts he buys for her every other day, while exercising his vocal chords simultaneously.
About a couple of songs later, he finds himself in Cape Town. He graduates from betting to fixing matches for an underworld don.
Zoya, of course, is under the impression that his ‘import-export’ business has suddenly flourished. So she’s quite happy, (though not quite because she can’t spend as much time with him anymore) till a CBI Inspector tells her the truth.
She gets him arrested and in the process, Arjun’s ring falls dramatically to the ground. How Arjun manages to get out of the fixing game forms the second half of the story.
At its very heart, Jannat is a story that begins and ends with a ring. Arjun and Zoya meet because of the ring. They fall in love and Arjun goes all lengths to make sure that the ring finds its rightful place.
But with each passing moment the weight of ring starts bearing upon his conscience (yes, our very own Frodo from Lord of The Rings!). The ring continues to be a major part of the film, till even the climax scene where by its very being it shapes the future of our lovebirds.
If the gem on the ring does not impress you, the ones in the dialogues will. Zoya is justifying her handing Arjun over to the police. In a fit of desperation she yells out – “I love you, so I got you arrested.” Now, that’s unconditional!
Then there’s another where Arjun catches one of his players eyeing a good looking girl. Cheekily he says, “I know on the ground you like fielding at fine leg and off it you like looking at fine legs. But let me take you to a place where you will not only find fine legs but also gullies, slips and deep cover.” Profound.
There are some very clear references to certain cricketers and real-life incidents. Those who follow the game would probably find many parallels between this movie and real life. There are clear references to Azharuddin, Shahid Afridi and of course Bob Woolmer throughout the 140-odd-minute long movie.
By itself, a film on cricket would have made for great viewing. But as the narrative unfolds, the movie loses its focus – after the girlfriend comes in, there’s the father and finally also a child.
Cricket used to be a family game, but not any more. And as far as we know neither is betting or fixing. So the whole family connection somehow is lost on us.
Sonal Chauhan is a known model. She has done some popular commercials and falls in line with all the rest of the models who simply cannot act to save their lives.
As a senior colleague pointed out a few days ago, shave the guy’s beard and you’ll know how expressionless he is. There is a scene where he has indeed shaved. And we couldn’t help agreeing better.
But besides that, he isn’t entirely unbearable. And now that his kissing scenes
If you are an Emraan Hashmi fan, go watch it. The film belongs to him (he’s the producer’s nephew, after all!). If not give it a pass.