‘Jalsa’ Review: Thrilling Social Commentary With Brilliant Performances

‘Jalsa’ Review: Thrilling Social Commentary With Brilliant Performances

Written by
Shreya Mukherjee

March 19, 2022, 8:39 p.m.
2 minute read

“Jalsa” gives us all the elements of a social commentary thriller; earns good points.

Amazon Prime Video released its latest Hindi original on Friday, jalsawith Vidya Balan and Shefali Shah in the lead.

Writer-director Suresh Triveni presents a tightly woven narrative of social distinction and corruption, while painting a nuanced depiction of emotions like fear and guilt.

Run a little over two hours, jalsa backed by T-Series and Abundantia Entertainment makes this a great watch.

Here is our opinion.

This is the plot of the movie

The film follows Maya Menon (Balan), a famous journalist who prides herself on being honest. However, this conscious righteousness takes a hit due to a momentary lack of morality.

On the other hand, we have Menon’s cook, Ruksana Mohammad (Shah), who doubles as a best friend/guardian for Menon’s son, Ayush (Surya Kasibhatla).

Mohammad’s life is turned upside down by an incident beyond his control.

Concepts of inherent division of classes are handled maturely

While Menon and his family (his son and his mother) seem to overcome class prejudice – Mohammad is even told in one scene: “Have we ever been treated like an outsider?” – Deep-rooted prejudices come to light during times of high tension. .

And, this crack shows that the display of compassion before was nothing but the benevolence of a privileged urban family towards a family below them on the social scale.

Shah wins show, Balan delivers layered performance

Revealing plot points will take the joy out of the film, but we won’t shy away from talking about the performances of the main cast.

Balan seamlessly transitions from that charismatic news anchor to someone who brings her insecurities to the fore.

But Shah is the one who steals the show. His burning gaze and muted emotions are simply class A.

Vidhatri Bandi and Iqbal Khan give capable performances.

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There’s more to this film than just class distinctions, however, as a major suspense storyline ties the narrative together.

Interestingly, the connection to its title is made through one of the film’s most subtle yet rewarding sequences.

But all is not perfect either. Some digressions are resolved too easily and the second half sometimes seems elongated.

Verdict: jalsa gets 4/5 stars.

Lance B. Holton