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Far removed from Feroz's films



Fardeen Khan and Celina Jaitley fail to elevate the film

Janasheen (HINDI)

Cast: Feroz Khan, Fardeen Khan, Celina Jaitley

Dir: Feroz Khan

SHE POUTS her lips, reveals her cleavage, exposes her ample midriff, bangs her thighs. She gives it `all' but to no avail - never was a logwood imbued with qualities of ardour.

And seldom was a girl with lesser talent seen on the big screen. She is just about tolerable when she keeps quiet, she blurs the boundary when she decides to speak. Truly, Celina Jaitley is the albatross director Feroz Khan has to carry through the film, Janasheen.

As a girl with partial visual impairment, she seeks our sympathy but wears clothes aimed at getting out all the closet emotions. Despite prancing around in the skimpiest of clothes in the role of an orphan pining for her love,

she is not a shade on Zeenat Aman of Satyam Shivam Sundaram or Urmila Matondkar of Rangeela.

Much like the film itself that is far removed from the days of Qurbani and Jaanbaaz for Feroz Khan. The debonair actor-director on his part is back in his inimitable style, the same swashbuckling ways, and the same swagger. In the well etched out role of billionaire businessman Saba Karim he seeks to carry the film on his shoulders. And does succeed to some extent. However, in doing so, and concentrating on Jaitley's well-exhibited charms, he forgets son, Fardeen, cast here as the estranged son of another businessman, this time back home in India.

The lad is in Australia, into speed biking and all that. He loves girls, including of course, Jaitley, distrusts his dad, has faith in Karim.

That is till the final denouement.

By then dad dear would have passed away, the girls - Kashmira Shah and Pinky Hirwani give competition to Jaitley - failed to sustain enthusiasm.

And all the shots of prolonged race come to naught.

Then there are basic details - never the strong point for Feroz - that are missing.

The girl plays a violin in a sea, the billionaire offers namaz the way nobody does or can, the lovers meet after a time gap of a dozen years and still recognise each other instantly!

Clearly, this is a film that won't be too close to Feroz's heart when he sits down to write his biography.

Z.S.

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