Jalsa Movie Review

A complicated hit-and-run case leaves a noted journalist, an aggrieved mother, a policeman, and the justice system grasping at straws after it becomes hard to differentiate right from wrong.

I can’t see a better duo than this to do justice to the story that Jalsa is. Who would have even thought Shefali Shah playing Vidya Balan’s house help after Human, Dil Dhadakne Do, and Ajeeb Dastaans?

They tap the unimagined and make it their own. Shah as Ruksana uses the silence rather than words. Her anger or dismay comes out in her body language of the activity she is doing. Her gaze is enough to tell you what she is feeling and it doesn’t need words to support.

Vidya Balan on the other hand gets to showcase her impeccable dialogue delivery and the ‘so subtle yet so hard hitting’ emotional dept.

There is a breakdown scene she has and how hauntingly beautiful she does that scene. Someone should research on how Vidya doesn’t go far away from her real self to create a character but still makes it look different in every single film.

Kani Kusruti gets to play Rohini, a trainee journalist who is looking for a path breaking story. While she becomes the medium to big revelations, her story doesn’t get the spotlight it deserved.

Probably hers was the portion the filmmaker highlighted the plight of the youngsters who come to the city with big dreams, but that deserved some more exploration.

Triveni uses musical crescendo to create tension in and around the tale he is narrating. The movie is so synonymous with its BGM that at one point they merge so well that they don’t seem Iike two different aspects.

Saurabh Goswami is another reason why the tension in Jalsa remains the same till the very end of the film. His camera believes zooming inside every frame and capturing the world tightly

Even when an accident happens, Goswami doesn’t capture it in a wide shot, rather he chooses to show you the intensity by showing you the state of things inside the car and everything thing from the dashboard falls off.

There are a very few cinematographers who can ace tight frames and Saurabh is definitely one of them.

Jalsa gets its title from a trajectory you can’t even guess without watching the movie.

It is a filmmaker evolving and two of the most prolific actors exploring their craft and maybe surprising their own selves as well.

And the process churns out a film not just fresh but also an example of how a noir can be made differently.

What’s Good:  Vidya Balan cries in the first 20 minutes breaking our hearts as things mess up, Shefali Shah makes sure her silences navigate through the mess trying to make sense of it only to give a gut-wrenching climax.

What’s Bad: Nothing to stop you from watching it.

Watch or Not?: WATCH and you must. Suresh Triveni making this right after Tumhari Sulu is a testimony of his wide range and calibre.

Imdb: 6.6 Director: Suresh Triveni Writers: Abbas Dalal, Hussain Dalal,

Cast: Vidya Balan, Shefali Shah, Rohini Hattangadi, Manav Kaul, Iqbal Khan

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video Release date: 18 March 2022