When you Google search the term 'democracy', it yields the result stating that, 'democracy' means a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives. In the last few years, Bollywood has witnessed a few films that were made on this theme. While some of them were hard-hitting and in-the face, there have been others that have made a mockery of the same. This week's release is JAI HO DEMOCRACY, a political satire. Does this film redefine the term 'democracy' or does it land up becoming 'demo-crazy', let us analyze.
As far as the film's direction is concerned, it is helmed by Ranjit Kapoor, the man who was the dialogue writer of the cult classic JAANE BHI DO YAARO. JAI HO DEMOCRACY is his second film as a director after the forgettable CHINTUJI. The film starts off on an extremely good note. Just when the film is settling down with the script and the viewers, the film starts lagging big time, so much so that it becomes irrational and irritating beyond a point. While the film's writers (Ranjit Kapoor, Sreekanth Agneeaswaran, Bikramjeet Bhullar) had a unique idea, the end product suffers heavily because of bad direction and editing. While the film's first half is (somehow) bearable, the film's second half starts testing your patience. One just did not expect the seasoned actors to ham the way they have done in the mid-course of the film. And sadly, it is the weak second-half that is to be blamed for this fiasco.
As far as the performances are concerned, despite having seasoned actors in the film, it is not surprising that not even a single character stays with you by the time the film ends. And the reason for this is purely because the director has not portrayed these actors as characters, instead he has tried to make a handful of caricatures of real life politicians. While Om Puri, Satish Kaushik, Seema Biswas, Adil Hussain and Aamir Bashir play their part as per the demand of the script, it is the ever-so-dependable Annu Kapoor, who excels in the role of a south Indian minister. The rest of the cast merely help to carry the film forward.
In satires like this, it is but obvious that there is no place for romantic songs, as all the tracks featured are basically 'dialogues-in-disguise-of-songs'. The film's music (Ray N Brotherhood) definitely adds glitter to the film. The film's cinematography (Arvind Kannabiran) is average. As told earlier, it is the film's haphazard editing (Roshni D'Souza, Ashwin Hegde) that takes the steam out of the film.
On the whole, JAI HO DEMOCRACY is an average film that can be skipped.