Manoj Vashisht, New Delhi. One of the many bungalows of Amitabh Bachchan in Mumbai is named Jalsa. Well, Jalsa means ceremony or celebration, but currently the title of Vidya Balan and Shefali Shah released in Holi weekend is Jalsa. If you try to decode the story or genre from the title of this film, then believe me you will be blown away.
This is the biggest feature of this great crime-thriller that because of the title, the audience sits to watch the film without making any assumptions and the way the story progresses and expands, the way the story progresses, it increases. Actually, this film is a celebration of the best performance of Vidya and Shefali, whose celebration is celebrated in the last scene of the film.
Tumhari Sulu director Suresh Triveni has presented the story of human emotion in the form of a thriller this time. Maya Menon (Vidya Balan) is a high profile TV journalist from Mumbai, who is a star anchor in an online news channel and is a high profile TV journalist. Rukhsana (Shefali Shah) is his house help and cook, who is very close to Maya’s autistic son. Maya is accompanied by her mother Rukmini (Rohini Hattangadi). In Maya’s busy routine, these two women are also her support system.
There is an earthquake in Maya’s life when a young girl, Aaliya Mohammad (Kashish Rizwan), collides with her car due to a nap while returning from office late at night. Maya leaves him in a dying state on the road. This girl is none other than Rukhsana’s daughter. Aaliya is taken to a government hospital by a street vendor. When Maya learns that Aaliya is Rukhsana’s daughter, Aaliya is taken out of the government hospital and admitted to a well-equipped private hospital.
However, Rukhsana does not know that it is Maya who has left her daughter to die on the road. This is also the point that takes the film on a thrilling path and keeps it engrossed in the curiosity that Rukhsana, devoted to Maya’s family, will react to when she learns that Maya has ruined her world. What will happen? Rukhsana’s reaction takes Jalsa to a great climax.
Jalsa mainly depicts Maya’s feelings of fear-guilt-right-wrong duality and Rukhsana’s restlessness-helplessness. It is a purely acting-oriented film, where more than the dialogues, the facial expressions and silence bring the characters to life. Vidya in the character of Maya is nothing less than amazing, while in the character of Rukhsana, Shefali has shown a different color of her acting. The story and suspense of the film on one side and the acting of these two on one side.
High profile successful journalist Maya, who rescues a retired judge Gulati (Gurpal Singh) for sixes during a live interview, is so shaken by a situation in her personal life that her autistic son Ayush (Surya Kasibhatla) has to fight for her condition. Considering him responsible, it rains on him. Vidya’s raining, melting and then breaking in such scenes is a wonderful expression. The strength with which Shefali has played the character of Rukhsana, a weak economic class and less educated, is an example of her acting ability, which is completely different from the previous series Human.
Jalsa, in a way, brings to the fore the dark and bright sides of human emotions. The guilt of Maya, who left Aaliya to die at the site of the accident, hurts her so much that she finds it difficult to breathe and finally wants to admit her mistake. Rohini George (Vidhatri Bandi), a trainee reporter who was stopped by Maya to cover up her crime, from covering the story with all the evidence, finally calls him and gets the story recorded by recording his confession. Knowing that after this his career will end and he will have to go to jail.
At the same time, the trainee reporter who believes in the principles of journalistic values also gets deluded due to financial constraints and on increasing pressure puts a demand of Rs 2 lakh 20 thousand to leave this story, so that Rs 2 lakh before mother’s arrival from Kochi. Flats can be rented by paying a deposit. Rukhsana, who is searching for the person who stole the car on her daughter, finally agrees to take 10 lakh rupees as a compromise. However, who is giving him this amount and why, it is a different track. When Rukhsana learns that it was Maya who had lent the car to her daughter, she wants to leave all the money at Maya’s house to pay off her debt, so that there is no burden of moral gratitude.
Police constable More (Srikant Mohan Yadav) trying to suppress Aaliya’s case breaks down in front of the reporter because the CCTV footage that captured the accident also had a clip of him taking a bribe and that’s why he accompanied her. Together they were engaged in suppressing the hit and run case. For Maya, this coincidence was like an unintentional gift of life. There are other such examples as well.
The story of such films based on human emotion is difficult to reach to a concrete conclusion, as it runs the risk of creating imbalance, but Jalsa ends in a perfect ending. The most striking feature of Jalsa’s screen-play is that the scene from which the film begins is predictable, but still the scenes are awaited. Director Suresh Triveni has also done a great job with the supporting star cast and the smallest of characters are seen contributing to the story. Jalsa is a surprising thriller, which grabs its hold from the very first scene itself.
Cast – Vidya Balan, Shefali Shah, Rohini Hattangadi, Manav Kaul (Special Appearance)