CAST & CREW
“ Jackpot” has been officially labelled as an action thriller, with comic punch lines thrown in. But the story behind the film also has a twist. The film signifies the repeated revival attempts of director Kaizad Gustad whose earlier film “Boom” several years back bombed at the box office. It is also the third time comeback attempt of industrialist son Sachin Joshi, who is also the producer of the movie, in his desperate bid to become a star in Bollywood.
Plot: 'Jackpot,' is set entirely in Goa, with its backdrop of unbridled fun and pleasure and easy money exchanging hands on casino boats. In fact, Jackpot is also the name of the famous boat casino which is open round the clock and has its clients thronging it all the time. The scene of action commences in the casino with the arrival of conmen hell bent on outsmarting each other in a game of cards. The plans go awry, and the conmen start suspecting each other. At this juncture, things get further complicated with the arrival of a gun-toting lady named Maya (played by Sunny Leone, and a rich business man named Francis, portrayed by Sachin Joshi. Actually both Francis and Maya are small time fraudsters attempting to pull off a one-time heist of bigger proportions. But they are pitched against a cunning Casino owner, portrayed by veteran Naseeruddin Shah, whose attire is as colorful as his witty retorts. Although he speaks with a lisp, he is a sharp shooter and proves to be a most formidable opponent for the conning duo. However, Maya seems to have been able to make this scheming rival fall for her sensuous looks.
What follows is a series of con tricks that each player poses to the others to be matched by an equally cunning counter move, till one gets confused as to who holds the aces at which point. However, through a hurriedly gathered series of linkages to the open-ended scenarios that had unfolded earlier, the plot ends with a conclusive and credible answer to the riddles. Although Kaizad Gustad has made genuine attempts to deliver the unfolding events in a glitzy and absorbing manner, the authentic sense of thrill is absent at several places. As for acting, Naseeruddin Shah has to draw upon all his reserves of acting talent to appear credible in a the incompatibly conceived character conceived for him, to hide which a lot of cosmetic props seem to have been used.
One wonders what made the veteran actor accept such a role in the first place, especially after having committed the mistake of appearing in Gustad’s earlier unsuccessful film. Sunny Leone with her uninhibited attitude need not have to emote to appear as a beautiful sensuous woman. However, this does not in any way substitute for her lack of acting abilities, whenever she needs to emote, looking quite bland and fleeting in such scenes. In fact, Daniel Weber, Sunny's husband, delivers better performance through an unexpected cameo. What sounds positive is, however, the music of the film, with Toshi and Sharib coming up well both in the romantic scores as well as the sensual item numbers. Taking advantage of the Goan ambience, the cinematography appears eye catching.
Verdict: The movie might prove to be a good attraction for those who want to catch Sunny Leone in her uninhibited Goan rendezvous, but there may not be much more to pick up for remembering, except for the disappointment at seeing veteran Naseeruddin Khan being cast in a role none to becoming of his stature.
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