Cast- Aarti Jha, Goraksh Sakpal, Sanjay Suri, Boman Irani, Divya Dutta, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Govind Namdev, Joy Sengupta, Akhilendra Mishra.
Director- Brahmanand Singh
India is a big country and there are lots of issues going on. One can easily pick any subject and make a film on it but if one has to choose a subject then why not something which will bring some change in society? On the other side there are so many real heroes whom we don’t even know but the kind of work they have done is something which we should really know. Jhalki directed by Brahmanand Singh focuses on both the things mentioned above, it brings a story that should bring some change in our society and also it tells us a glorious and brave tale of a real life Hero Kailash Satyarthi.
A life-altering disappearance of her 7-year old brother sets Jhalki off on a mission to find him at all costs. Armed with an intimate folk-tale and her own sharp mind, is Jhalki’s journey the start of a spiral that will change the lives of thousands for good? What price must she pay to get what she wants? Inspired by true events, with a backdrop of human-trafficking and child-labour, Jhalki is an atypical thriller of hope, courage, self-belief and perseverance, seen through the eyes of a 9-year-old girl, who will not stop anywhere short of a triumph. Although the story revolves around a girl, the real life hero and the real hero of the film appers in the climax and that part might force you to clap for him and for the film as well.
Coming towards the acting section, Aarti Jha as Jhalki is quite promising. She is loud at some occasions for no reasons but you enjoy the same stuff once you get used to it in the film. Goraksh Sakpal as her brother Babu is innocent but hardly had any scope as the film mostly belogs to Jhalki. Sanjay Suri as IAS Officer and Divya Dutta as his wife looks a perfect husband-wife couple on screen, and their experience as artists can be seen in the characters. Tannishtha Chatterjee, Govind Namdev, Joy Sengupta, Akhilendra Mishra and Boman Irani got small but important roles and they all have done a good job.
Talking about the story telling, Jhalki has that content but it is not explored in expected manners. Screenplay looks very ordinary because it lacks that high moments and thrilling elements. A predictable plot doesn’t really excited much but like I said earlier, when you see the true faces behind it at the climax you might want to clap for them. Music is average but that opening and theme song “Khajan Chidiya” is really engaging and impressive. Cinematography is okay and could have been better because most of the film is shot at real locations and that gives you an advantage to capture more. Director Brahmanand Singh takes this story through realistic lane and that was needed but the problem appears in the narrative when you find it predictable and can easily guess what gonna happen next.
Cinespeaks Verdict– Overall, Jhalki is like an extended version of Crime Petrol episode where a child trafficking case is solved. But you really take something home when you finish the film because this is not a fictional story, this is inspired by true events that happened around us. Jhalki lacks entertainment and commercial value but somewhat it fulfills the hunger of content for that particular fanbase. With more tight screenplay and thrill, Jhalki would have been a Terrific film but at the moment it is a one time watch for sure.
Reviewed By :- Sameer Ahire.