January 18, 2020
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The most unbearable film of 2013. Utterly boring, inane, kiddish tale about a con job gone awry.


Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Sunny Leone, Sachin Joshi
Directed by Kaizad Gustad
Rating: *

Did I see the most unbearable film of 2013 this Friday? Most definitely. Kaizad Gustad spins an utterly boring film from an inane, kiddish tale about a con job gone awry. He makes swindling Rs 10 crore seem easier than sleeping. What’s more, in an effort to look smart, Gustad randomly picks up odd phrases and words from the film itself—Bluff, Mazaa aaya, Jhol par jhol—and inserts them in the middle of the action like placards to seemin­gly structure the film into chapters. It makes the film seem even more random, silly and wannabe. Add to all of it some terribly amateurish acting with even a veteran like Naseeruddin Shah (in the ugliest hairpiece ever) seeming ill at ease, as though he was performing in a school play, and you have a disaster of a film. Sachin Joshi, for whom Jackpot has been put together, sports kohl in his eyes and tattoos on his body, dri­nks beer and lacks expr­es­sion. Sunny Leone keeps pace with his lack of expressions and sports bad makeup. Much to the audience’s disappointm­ent, she doesn’t even titillate, something that she has made a career out of. But she does raise uni­n­t­ended laughter when she looks at a raised middle finger and asks innoc­en­tly: “Iska kya matlab?

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