134 Min | Crime – Drama – Romance | May 2008
IMDB Rating: 6.6
Director: Kunal Deshmukh
Starring: Emraan Hashmi, Sonal Chauhan, Shakeel Khan
Jannat Review: The Bhatts always are the first on making movies on the most controversial and current topics. With the IPL fever on, they now return with a movie based on the plot of betting and match fixing in cricket along with an elaborate angle of an intense love affair. Jannat starts promisingly and ends brilliantly but in the mid it loses pace and interest as the narration stresses more on the love angle than on the interesting betting plot. The first one hour of the movie is exciting and highly enjoyable. Watching it you feel like seeing something new and an unexplored plot. The betting and match fixing scenes in the first half are brilliantly directed by the debutant director Kunal Deshmukh. And when you are expecting more of similar stuff coming later the director changes tracks and takes on the love angle as his main theme.
In Jannat, Imraan Hashmi is competent and gives a good performance. It can be counted as one of his finest. Sonal Chauhan looks fresh and ravishing. She has got the talent which will become polished with more of her movies. Jawed Sheikh as the DON shows class and he shines bright in his role. A very unexpected act is given by Samir Kochhar as the police officer. He is excellent in his small part and is an actor to watch for. Bhatts definitely have a good ear for music and lyrics. Their movies always have some good numbers with meaningful lyrics. Jannat also has got hit music by Pritam. The songs don’t interrupt the narration and have got the soothing melodies. That’s the reason audio companies fought with each other for the music rights of this movie.
As per their tradition Bhatts this time follow a similar plot as in “Two For The Money” (2005) featuring Al Pacino. But this time its only an inspiration and not a version. The script also gets inspired by the real life “Coach Murder” incident in the last world cup. One of the highlight of “Jannat” is its climax, which is unexpected and has a shock for the viewers. After witnessing the climax sequence you feel that Jannat is good enough for a one time watch. As it has a new plot, good performances and soothing music.