Kaizad Gustad who last made Katrina Kaif's debut film Boom marks his return to filmmaking after eons with Sachiin Joshi and Sunny Leone starrer Jackpot. True to his filmmaking style, this time around too the movie revolves around men, money and molls. But whether this attempts finally helps him taste success or leaves a bad taste in mouth let's find out.
Based in Goa, Francis (Sachiin Joshi) is on his con job once again, this time around to steal the jackpot prize worth 5crores from casino boat owner Boss (Naseeruddin Shah). His partner in crime in Maya (Sunny Leone) who helps him execute his master plan. Whether he succeeds in his con job or not is what follows through the rest of the plot.
If there ever was an award category for the laziest story/screenplay of the year, Kaizad Gustad's Jackpot would be the undisputed winner of it. The movie has a linear plot for a perfect con story but it's the back and forth of the narrative and the non-linear approach which makes for a boring watch. Worse still there's ample repetition within a mere 92 minute movie and more discussion than action.
Jackpot is highly verbose. There's a lot of jibber-jabber by each and every character and discussions on their planning to such extent that you tire of their schemes and scams in no time. The entire suspense around the Jackpot money is extremely trite, insipid and goes on in circles most of the time. The thrill and drama fizzles out even before it gets a proper build up all courtesy the verbose element of the script.
On the acting front, there's more Goa in each character then there ever would be in any Goan. The conversations are all about sudden shift to Konkani language, lots of "what men and hey men" and tattooed actors with funky wardrobes. Only, in this case, the funky appears very caricaturish. Even the dread locks on Naseeruddin Shah appear extremely forced. Sunny Leone appears to be roped in the film only to bend down and show off her assets time and again. Gutka Baron Sachiin Joshi tries way too hard to fit into the character but falls short and fails to impress yet again.
The only place one can see the efforts of the direction is in directing the song shots. The romantic/dance numbers are shot slickly almost as if they were shot specifically for promotional purposes to entice the audience into the theaters. The tracks also do justice to the profiling of Sunny Leone and Sachiin Joshi but when placed in the film, they only add up the run time and break the flow of the story.
Jackpot is a complete yawn-fest and sleep inducing con-film which really tests your patience despite a short run-time. Best avoided.
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
(1 / 5) : Poor