'Jawan' review: A blend of mass appeal and class with Shah Rukh Khan in top form

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King Khan unquestionably succeeds in keeping the audience riveted to their seats until the credits roll. Photo: IMDb

Shah Rukh Khan's second theatrical release of the year, 'Jawan', has finally graced the screens, and in a few words, it's a resounding triumph. Directed by Atlee, the film seamlessly blends mass appeal with class. King Khan unquestionably succeeds in keeping the audience riveted to their seats until the credits roll. 'Jawan' embodies all the quintessential elements of an Atlee movie, featuring power-packed action sequences and stellar performances from the entire cast.

The film's plot revolves around Azad (Shah Rukh Khan), a vigilante-police jailer who, alongside a group of women, strives to rectify the corrupt society. Nayanthara assumes the role of a police officer, while Vijay Sethupathi portrays the menacing grey antagonist in this engaging spectacle.

Shah Rukh Khan undeniably serves as the linchpin that keeps the film intact, even though it occasionally falters despite its potent star-studded ensemble and a cameo appearance by Deepika Padukone. What seems to be lacking in the movie is a certain emotional resonance, despite its earnest exploration of various societal issues.

Vijay Sethupathi undeniably commands a formidable presence in the film, providing the perfect antagonist to match Shah Rukh's power-packed performance.

While there are indeed moments that tug at the heartstrings, at times, it appears that the film's abundance of good intentions may have inadvertently led to some missteps. For instance, the chemistry between Shah Rukh and Nayanthara doesn't quite hit the mark. Their love story unfolds with such swiftness that it might raise some eyebrows, and Nayanthara's character, despite being a police officer, doesn't seem particularly curious about delving into her fiancé's background. Another perplexing element is the consistent use of full makeup on women portrayed as prisoners within the jail. While such details may be brushed aside in a mass entertainer, they do raise legitimate questions about realism.

The movie exudes a Thalapathy Vijay-style essence, but Shah Rukh Khan's presence elevates it into a pan-Indian spectacle. However, there are numerous scenes in the film that seem tailored more towards the Tamil audience rather than appealing to a broader pan-Indian viewership.

 The fight sequences provide an enjoyable experience, especially the thrilling biking scenes featuring Shah Rukh. Supporting actors like Sanya Malhotra and Priyamani deliver commendable performances, and it's a delightful reunion to see Priyamani and Shah Rukh share the screen once again after Chennai Express.

While the film admirably addresses critical issues like farmer suicides, it occasionally overextends its reach, leading to a point where Shah Rukh's concluding monologue lacks the intended impact due to the stretching of emotional elements.

'Jawan' cleverly weaves in references from other iconic movies like 'The Lion King' and 'Bahubali', adding an element of nostalgia that certainly elicited thunderous applause from the audience.

While the movie isn't an outright no-brainer, it certainly has its fair share of such moments. It's unquestionably tailored for the theatrical experience, with action-packed sequences that demand the big screen, and nearly every frame graced by Shah Rukh's charisma.

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