‘Flight Simulator’

Review of the movie Flying Jatt by G9 Divya Solgama

The 50’s era marked the genre of superhero based films with movies like ‘Mr.X’, ‘Superman’, ‘Return of Mr.Superman’, ‘Hatimtai’, ‘Mr.X in Bombay’ and few more. Sadly the genre failed to make its mark with the Indian audience. There were few more attempts in the form of films like ‘Mr. India’, ‘Shiva KaInsaaf’, ‘Shahenshah’, ‘Ajooba’ including our own Desi frame to frame version of ‘Superman’ (starring Dharmendra&PuneetIssar).

flying-jatt-fijiFinally,HrithikRoshan’s ‘Krrish’ managed to make its mark with the right amount of marketing and strategy required for a superhero type of films. Many other actors ventured into this alien territory and the latest to join them is Tiger Shroff with his film ‘A Flying Jatt’. The movie boast to be the first superhero with religious powers and promises to deliver some dare-devil action. Thus, let’s find out whether ‘A Flying Jatt’ will manage to carry forward the superhero legacy in our country or might end up being yet another clone attempt by our filmmakers.

‘A Flying Jatt’ is a story of a rich industrialist Malhotra (Kay KayMenon) who wants to complete his dream project by acquiring a residential land owned by Aman (Tiger Shroff) and his mother (Amrita Singh). Aman and his mother are also protector of a sacred tree in their land, due to which they refuse to accept Malhotra’s offers. Malhotra appoints his most powerful henchmen Raka (Nathan Jones) to destroy the sacred tree. Aman tries to stop Raka but fails to overpower him. At that time Aman gets some magical powers from the sacred tree due to which he manages to save the sacred tree from the clutches of Raka. Aman keeps discovering his super powers and with the help of his mother and best friend Akshay (Gaurav Pandey). Aman transforms into a masked super hero known as Flying Jatt but before he could save the world, Raka returns back with his share of superpowers and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.

The story on papers seems to be enjoyable, but when it comes to execution, the whole concept goes wasted as the makers have presented it in a terrible format. Right from the first scene of the film till the last, everything looks artificial. The whole idea of Tiger getting super powers from a sacred tree is brilliant but seemed unjustified and unconvincing. Nathan Jones entry scene looked like part of some MithunChakroborty’’s potboiler films like ‘Gunda’ and others from the 90’s era. If it’s a superhero film, how can our filmmakers avoid their temptation to shamelessly copy some scenes from the Hollywood films?

In ‘A FlyingJatt’, you will find many resemblances with several Hollywood superheroes based films and Tiger saving hostages from terrorists tops the chart as its frame to frame replica of Quicksilver’s track from the ‘X-Men’ series. The second half of the movie goes on a documentary mode as it starts preaching about environment issues followed by forcefully inserted scenes with religious sentiment. There are some unintentionally funny scenes like Amrita and Gaurav trying to check Tiger’s super powers followed by his training and working out over his super hero costume, Tiger’s first day as a super hero and failing to be one, Tiger Shroff and Nathan Jones fight while saving the sacred tree, Tiger trying to impress Jacqueline through his martial arts, Gaurav’s track as fake superhero and few more.

These scenes thankfully act as mini energy boosters in order to watch this movie. The length of the film also has some super powers as its super lengthy due to the preachy scenes and tacky action. The C.G.I work and special effects are outdated and looked totally weak. These scenes will remind you of all those cheap T.V serials which are made only with the help of Chroma effects. Thanks to the never ending and boring screenplay followed by a preachy tour to environmental studies, the second half of the film seems like a never-ending saga. The torture goes to its best form in the finale part where Tiger fights with Nathan in space, mood and over the nuclear satellites. The special effects did remind me of my childhood day’s experiences of watching serials like ‘Shaktiman’, ‘Sonpari’, ‘Chandrakanta’ and others. The whole world is trying to enhance the C.G.I effects in their films and deliver something unseen, Remo and his team are still stuck in the time zone of the 90’s era.

Music by Sachin-Jigar is decent with visually appealing song like ‘Beat Pe Booty’. ‘Toota Jo Kabhi Tara’ is good to hear and bad to be seen. Background music is jarring.

Director Remo D’Souze tries to make superhero film and ends up delivering a kid flick, which will do wonders on home video and television. The whole presentation and styling of the film is tacky, weak and outdated. Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Krrish’ series looks like classics in front of ‘A Flying Jatt’. It’s a huge opportunity lost for the director and the whole team as, if rightly executed the movie could have done much better.

Tiger Shroff showed great improvement as an actor in his last film, out here he gets stuck to his typical facial expressions. The limitation as an actor is clearly visible in several key scenes of the movie. But when it comes to dancing and fighting, he surely knows how to lure his audience. Jacqueline Fernandez looks good in the songs and has been criminally wasted in the film. Amrita Singh is hilarious. Kay Kay Menon looked stale and repetitive. Nathan Jones hams to the fullest. Gaurav Pandey lends good support. Shraddha Kapoor’s cameo was enjoyable.

So on an overall basis ‘A Flying Jatt’ seems like a flight simulator experience due to its artificial setup and fake treatment. It has some funny scenes, a couple of fights and Tiger’s dance moves to cherish out. The movie will be surely by the kids who feast on T.V serials like ‘ChotaBheem’ and ‘Bal Veer’. As for all others it will crash-land into the long list of trashy films.

Rating – 2/5