|J A A L- the trap|
Starring Sunny Deol, Tabu, Reema Sen, Amrish Puri, Anupam Kher, Mukesh Rishi, Ashish Vidhyarthi
Banner: Parth Productions
Producer: Harish Shah and Vinod Shah Director:Guddu Dhanoa
Kaul and Praful Parekh
Anand Raaj Anand Background
Cinematography: Sripad Natu Action: Tinu Verma
18th July 2003
ReViewed by Akshay Shah
Sunny Deol returns in yet another patriotic action flick after MAA TUJHE SALAAM, GADAR, INDIAN and THE HERO. This time he reunites with his ZIDDI director Guddu Dhanoa hoping to recreate the same sort of magic at the boxoffice...sadly enough the movie is a failure! Bar some well canned action scenes and a twist that will leave the viewer gape-faced, JAAL-The Trap is BIG disappointment.
film revolves around Ajay (Sunny
Deol) who is fully
trained army commando but aspires to be a singer. His father Major
Amrish Kaul (Amrish
Puri) is a Major in
the indian army whose job is to protect the home ministers (Virendra
Anita (Reema Sen).
is kept under tight security in New Zealand so that terrorists cannot
get hold of her.
in India Ajay falls in love with Neha (Tabu)
who is a widow and lives with her father-in-law (Anupam
Kher). One fine day
Neha is kidnapped by terrorists led by Junaid Afghani (Mukesh
Rishi) who tell
Ajay to kidnap Anita from New Zealand and hand her over to them in
return for Neha life.
Ajay succeeds in going over to New Zealand and kidnapping Anita...& in the process Anita falls madly in love with him.
returns to India and much to Anitas dismay he is all ready to hand her
over to Junaid......untill he realises that he himself has fallen into
a trap?....How Ajay manages to get himself out of the trap forms the
crux of the story.
terms of a story writers Rajeev Kaul Praful Parekh seem confused. They
start the movie off as a family entertainer with many light
scenes...and latter head the movie towards a hardcore patriotic action
thriller with a breakneck pace. Sadly, the first half is so diluted
and contrived that by the time the second half arrives one has lost
all interest!! Despite a twist that one would NEVER expect, they still
dont manage to completely grip the viewer. Also the screenplay of the
movie is full of loopholes and the film keeps jumping from one place
a director Guddu Dhanoa is back at what he does best......ACTION! And
one cannot fault him there. The action scenes in this enterprise are
some of the best witnessed one the bigscreen lately. They may not be
as technically advanced as say QAYAMAT or
THE HERO, but unlike the previous two
there has been no CGI used here at all. Its all blood, gore, guts and
sadly, Dhanoa cannot keep the film together. The first half is
absolutely stale and the scenes between Amrish and Sunny are
disinteresting. The film moves at a extremely inconsistent pace and by
the time the big TWIST arrives the viewer loses interest. Although the
second half is better than the lethargic first half, it still isn't
all that great!
In terms of acting the film is just OK.
Sunny Deol does a role that he has done a MILLION times before. As a Sunny fan iam actually highly disapointed here. He sleepwalks through the entire role and even seems bored in parts. His performance in THE HERO was of a much higher standard and so was the film for that matter. Yet he is in top form at what he does best..A C T I O N and the action scenes in the movie shoudl satisfy fans of the genre.
Sen is fairly impressive in a second fiddle role. She looks
absolutely attractive on-screen and performs her role ably. Although
she does seem to go overboard and shouts too much in some scenes. Her
pairing with Sunny Deol also looks OFF!
supporting cast in the movie is top notch. Amrish Puri enacts
his part with utmost conviction, he shares great chemistry with Sunny
as proven in the past(GHAYAL, GHATAK,
GADAR) and acts like a true veteran.
Sadly, his role is hardly award worthy!
is good to see ANupam Kher onscreen after such a long time. He
is great in his role and his death sequences has been well canned, iam
surprised to see Mr Kher take on a negative role after such a long
time (Dr Dang anyone?)...he still has it in him!
Khan, Mukesh Rishi, Ashish Vidyarthi, Virendra Saxena, Farida Jalal
and the rest of the cast all do their jobs accordingly.
the film is ace! Sripad Natus cinematogtaphy is captivating and
perfectlly captures the entire movie be it the snow capped mountains
of New Zealand or the dusty terrains of Rajasthan. Good work!
Vermas action scenes are the mainstay of the movie!!!!!! Verma is
one of the few action directors in Bollywood who doesn't rely heavily
on SFX, CGI and gimmicks when it comes to action, he shoots his action
on real life locations with as many explosions, fist fights, blood and
fore as it takes without losing impact! He is superb at directing
extravagant and overblown action scenes as the ones witnessed in GADAR,
and CHINAGATE...and yet again here he is
FANTASTIC! The boat scene or the train sequence at the end are just
by Anand Raaj Anand is WEAK. Sher Dil Indian is the only song which
manages to catch the listeners ear.
Srivastavs background score is a mixed bag. It is good in parts
keeping the excitement building, while in other parts it goes
overboard with OM NAMAH SHIVAY and SHAKTI!
up JAAL-THE TRAP is one of the weaker action films and Sunny Deol
starrers to be release in recent times. The film does boast of a very
tricky twist and some wicked action sequences....but FAILS in almost
every other department!! Fans of the genre will be entertained while
Sunny Deol fans will find the film watchable but will be disappointed.
I personally found QAYAMAT and THE HERO to be better action films!
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