The film is directed by Remo D'Souza.
Tiger Shroff becomes the youngest actor in his generation to play a superhero in his latest release, A Flying Jatt. Jacqueline Fernandez plays the heroine in the film while Mad Max: Fury Road actor Nathan Jones is the main villain. The film is directed by the ABCD fame Remo D'Souza.
Read our review of the film here...
What's it about
Superhero films as a genre have been a perennial favourite in cinema across the world. Watching an undergo or a regular Joe suddenly posses super powers and beat the baddies makes for a good movie plot. Bollywood has had its share of superhero films with Krrish and Ra.One. A Flying Jatt which is being typecast in the same genre is a mashup of everything that has gone wrong with the superhero franchise. Tiger plays Aman a Sardar, has an alcoholic mother played by the versatile Amrita Singh. Kay Kay Menon is an industrialist whose factories pollute the city with its dump. But wait before you say pollution, let me tell you that this track goes on to play a major role in the climax. Tiger gets his super power when he has a face off with the baddie Raka- a monster whose strength increases by inhaling the toxic gases of the city.
Once Tiger becomes A Flying Jatt, things start picking up. The story is predictable and you know good will trump evil.
Tiger's likeability and easy charm play a very big role in making this Jatt somewhat entertaining. He's already proved his mettle at dance and action in his first two films, Heropanti and Baaghi. Stepping out of his comfort zone, he tackles comedy and tries something new with Jatt. As the blue masked super hero, Tiger is spot on. The first half is light and the portions where Tiger struggles to adapt to his new life are hilarious. Amrita Singh who plays the alcohol loving mother and constantly nags Tiger to go save the world is outstanding. Her scenes with Tiger are the highlights of the film. Remo puts together some slick action scenes, the best ones are the hand combat scenes which don't have an overdose of VFX. Nathan Jones who plays Raka looks menacing and means business.
The film goes downhill from its second half taking a mighty tumble. There is a sudden change in Tiger's demeanour and once Jatt starts taking himself too seriously, there is very little fun left in the film. Also the climax is a royal mess. Remo sort of loses his grip on the plot and makes it into a public service announcement to curb pollution. You really smack your forehead in dismay and go 'no way!' when that happens. The fun flying Jatt becomes a sullen flying Jatt who now has the job of promoting environmental welfare. The climax fight between Jatt and Raka takes place in space and on moon and even on an orbiting satellite. Of course there is ample scope for cinematic liberty in this genre but this was stretching it way too much. There are too many brand placements that pop up till the very end and several scenes straight lifted out of Hollywood superhero flicks. What starts off as a fun, light and breezy entertainer suddenly looks burdened by the weight of its bad plot. Jacqueline doesn't have much to do but look glam in the Beat Pe Booty song and her chemistry with Tiger just didn't work for me.
What to do
A Flying Jatt would have soared had it not compromised its second half and become a preachy documentary on global warming.
-reviewed by Tushar Joshi
2.5 out of 5
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