A Flying Jatt

A Flying Jatt directed by choreographer turned director Remo D’Souza is a funny film in my opinion. Not just because it has certain moments of actual comedy, but even when it tries to be serious you somewhere giggle a bit at the lameness of the narrative. With all the clichés in the world about a typical superhero movie getting fused in to an 80’s Hindi melodrama kind of story, A Flying Jatt ended up being a real sloppy work that even kids may find just okay.

Aman is this martial arts teacher in a nearby school. He is a Sikh, but doesn’t wear the turban or grow the beard as his friends teased him long back. His mother is this eccentric character. The plot reveals around certain incidents that happen after a businessman comes with an offer to buy their land in order to build a bridge for his convenience and how the furious reaction of Aman’s mother triggers problems between the two. How Aman gets to save his property and the holy tree within the plot is what this movie ultimately showing.

In many ways, Remo’s Jatt is a miniature version of what Hollywood studios do. If Spiderman has stopped a train, Jatt here stops a small truck in similar fashion. You can see the awkward version of Man of Steel type flying. If Batman and Superman destroyed huge buildings, our hero and villain are mostly destroying vegetable boxes and glass doors. The lamest of them all was the copying of the terrific Quicksilver scene from X Men Days of Future Past. The only area where the movie survives is in that first half where they have added certain quirks and spoof on the typical notions of the super hero stuff. I did laugh at those humorous moments. But the problem is that the movie takes its silly and preachy plot way too seriously. The second half is much similar to the “Sorry Shakthiman” advices we used to get from Mukesh Khanna.

With his acrobatics and dance moves, Tiger Shroff is definitely one actor directors can confidently cast for the role of a superhero. In the case of A Flying Jatt, the main requirement is indeed those along with a performance with earnestness and Tiger has done justice to whatever was asked from him. Amrita Singh also performs well as the Punjabi mother.  Jacqueline Fernandez should ask directors to use dubbing artists for her if she is playing a desi character. Her annoying nerdy portrayal along with that diction is way too much to tolerate. Kay Kay Menon gets reduced to an insignificant villain. Nathan Jones as Raka is still inside that WWE ring of over acting.

Remo D’Souza as a director has tried to be ambitious, but in terms of uniqueness and budget he is very much on the lower side. The “inspirations” from western movies is too much and you get to see really tacky visual effects. The slowness and abruptness with which Raka and Jatt leave planet earth in one scene itself shows the scarcity of money. The story has no real grace to its credit. Like I said earlier, towards the end we get to see this preach which is strictly targeted at those 5 year old kids. Raka gets power from pollution and Remo uses that idea as a solution for the conflict in this movie. And there is a quote at the end of the movie by Remo (as if we didn’t get the point). Visual effects are completely shoddy. The sets do look like sets. The music from Sachin Jigar wasn’t that great this time.

So to conclude, A Flying Jatt is strictly for kids and that too for those kids who have just started watching cartoons. I wasn’t expecting a Marvel or DC level super hero movie, but A Flying Jatt doesn’t even have an identity to its credit.

Rating : 1.5/5

Final Thoughts

A Flying Jatt is strictly for kids and that too for those kids who have just started watching cartoons.

Signal

Green: Recommended Film

Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films

Red: Not Recommended

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