When I posted on Facebook that I was watching A Flying Jatt, a friend asked me, “why do you do this to yourself?”
So, I watched A Flying Jatt last night. Honestly, I did it for Tiger Shroff. When I met him at IIFA this year, he was so adorably shy and clearly worked really hard for each one of his roles. He deserved a chance. However, when the script is THIS rubbish, there is only so much that he can do.
A Flying Jatt is a story of a coward young man, Aman (Tiger Shroff), who lives in the shadow of his larger-than-life father – a sardar who was known across continents for his martial arts and war skills. In contrast, Aman is an average martial arts teacher at a local school, where he is neither appreciated nor respected.
He lives on an island that his father made habitable, while he was suffering from cancer caused by excessive pollution. The island is also home to a sacred tree, which is believed to fulfil wishes and dreams of all those who truly believe in it.
After his father’s death, many industrialists come down to buy the land off, but an aggressive Bebe (Amrita Singh) kicks them off the land.
Malhota (Kay Kay Menon) is a powerful industrialist, who needs the land to facilitate his factory’s production and dumping of toxic wastage. He comes over to ask Bebe for the land, offering twice the market price, but she insults and kicks him out as well. Malhotra doesn’t take it lightly and hires Raka (Nathan Jones) to uproot the tree, and make the land insignificant.
This is when Aman and Raka come face to face, and while Raka kicks Aman’s butt, the tree decides to give Aman super powers. He’s now a super hero, who can do all (but fly). I am struggling to stay seated at this point, and keep my fingers from accidentally hitting the stop button.
Later we find out that the tree was rather generous, and has endowed Raka with powers too – he’s now the male version of Kachra Rani. He feeds off pollution, and the current situation around the world only helps his cause.
A lot of scenes in the movie were pulled off (oh I am sorry – I mean ‘inspired’) from different movies – from X-Men to Hancock and Sin City. And you know what happens when Bollywood copes Hollywood, right? A lot of flying through buildings, ruthless slamming on the ground, and so much dhishoom that you might wince once or twice (if not more).
The only decent action sequence is when Aman takes Raka to the space (and then some other planet with oxygen and gravity – I think NASA should totally talk to Remo about this) for a fighting face-off.
Oh, and then there is Jacqueline. She is also a teacher at Aman’s school, and in love with the superhero. Aman is her best friend, but she can’t recognise him with a blue eye mask on (obviously). She doesn’t have a meaty role, and I personally find her over enthusiast, chirpy self a tad bit annoying. She makes up for it with a smouldering performance in ‘Beat pe Booty’. That’s one hot song, and she looks ravishing.
My favourite in the movie was Bebe – she’s loud, ferocious and adds highs to an otherwise flat screenplay. Tiger tries really hard, but his expressions leaves a lot to be desired for.
It’s a Remo film, and I expected a lot more dance. But he has ventured into a genre that is alien to him, and it is sorely obvious. It felt like an extension of Commander Safeguard’s advertisement, minus the entertainment and crisp script. Also, there is a lot of referencing and respect paid to Sikhism, which serves as a good lesson in history and corrects silly misconceptions about it’s heroic heritage.
Despite being a miss in cinematic arena, the movie does carry a strong message. The increasing pollution is killing many already, causing all kinds of cancers, and has endangered species of sea and forests. It’s our responsibility, yours and mine, to control the situation. Wondering what can you do? Here’s what Wiki suggests:
- Make sustainable transportation choices – opt for cycles and walk short distances. Arrange carpools and take trips together.
- Making sustainable food choices – choose local produce, and if it’s organically cultivated, all the more power to you. This also helps local farmers, and reduces carbon footprint significantly.
- Making sustainable energy choices – turn off appliances when not in use, monitor thermostat and keep windows and air-duct sealed.
- Recycle, reuse and reduce – there is no shame in going to thrift shop guys. Also, opt for minimal packaging and reusable items.
- Don’t mix chemicals with water please – keep harsh chemicals away from water whenever possible, along with pesticides and herbicides. Never flush medicines and always dispose toxic waste properly.
Lastly, I am sorry for all those people who went to the cinema to watch A Flying Jatt – I hope you weren’t too disappointed and popcorns made the trip worth it.