Movie: A Flying Jatt
Direction: Remo D’Souza
Cast: Tiger Shroff, Nathan Jones, Jacqueline Fernandez
Cinematographer: Vijay Kumar Arora
Editor: Nitin FCP
Genre: Comedy, Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
What is it about: This is a Bollywood super-hero action film, where the Aman/Flying Jatt (Tiger Shroff) gets bestowed with super powers from an age old banyan tree which is worshipped by the people of that town. How Flying Jatt’s powers comes in use for the people and what happens beyond that forms the crux of the story directed by Remo D’Souza.
Why it’s disappointing: Superheroes have never been a forte of Bollywood. But the filmmakers try their best get the maximum out of the resources. One thing they forget is that along with VFX and SFX comes the plot too, which is totally ignored. That’s the case with “A Flying Jatt”.
The film focusses on how to make the superhero look cool and appealing but fails to concentrate on the story. The film is built on a vague impression which they fool the audience in liking it. And how they achieve that is by infusing nonsense comedy which packs laughs. One liners which are cheesy but the audience enjoy that cheesiness time to time. Taking advantage of that notion, AFJ manages to pierce through a weak plot.
Then comes the actors’ performances, Tiger Shroff needs to develop a style other than dance and martial arts. He can’t sail through his entire career just on that. He gives a standard expression at most points in the film. And has glee on his face like a hanger stuck in his mouth. If at all, he adds a great performance with his physical skills, Tiger will be untouchable.
Jacqueline Fernandez is once again used just for her looks, she’s potential actress and the makers should start acknowledging it.
Amrita Singh does brings in some laughs, but one can only say mostly over acting. And that was closely followed by Gaurav Pandey.
Then there are the nemesis. Kay Kay Menon who looks overly dressed to flaunt an unconventional fashion module. I’m still laughing at the tie. He was wasted in the film. And Nathan Jones, used for the nativity and the humungous attire. He looked as lost as the script was.
Just when you think, you had enough comes the action sequences which were mostly shot in slow motion to show the audience that they worked something new. And one sequence was shamelessly stolen from “X-Men: Days of the Future Past”, remember the epic “Quicksilver” scene in the kitchen? That’s right it was not even close to the “E” of the word Epic. Even the other sequences are borrowed from many.
What to watch out for: The film has hardly anything to boast of, the music by Sachin-Jigar was good with couple songs shot well to groove. The cinematography was pretty decent by Vijay Kumar Arora. But the editing by Nitin didn’t match up to it.
Verdict: Remo D’Souza in the process of creating another franchise apart from “ABCD” got lost in translation. This film could have been a good franchise model, but fails terribly with a weak plot and borrowed sequences. Definitely not worth a watch.