A Flying Jatt movie review 2016: Sardar Spins Uncontrollably In Space
Super heroes are always based on the implausible. But writer-director Remo D'souza kicks the unbelievably ridiculous literally into the stratosphere.
The shenanigans begin on planet earth where ruthless businessman Malhotra presides over a roomful of business suits. The suits need to build a bridge over a river they're polluting but they can't buy off a tiny piece of land that's strategically placed. A stately 200-year-old tree the Sikh community worships stands there. It has the power to make a believer's wishes come true. Besides, the land belongs to a slap-happy Sikhni who screams non-stop from frame one. The suits are petrified of her.
But her son Aman is a meek martial arts teacher and Sikhni mother can't tire of telling him how strong and fearless his dad Kartar Singh was.
Remo D'souza's writing is so weak that after the menace shown in Malhotra's wicked introduction, he really does nothing except to hire an ace assassin who's a foreigner but is strangely called Raka. And all Raka is asked to do is to bare his fangs and hack the tree down.
That's when the docile Aman stands up for the tree and in the process magically transforms into Flying Jat, a super hero who can fly around. He despatches Raka to a watery grave in the much-polluted river.
The first half which has action and comic moments holds the promise of a fair entertainer at least for kids. A timid hero who can't even tell his girl that he adores her, is a stale premise for humour but Remo keeps it light with scenes like Aman's sidekick Rohit pretending to be the Flying Jat.
But once you take a popcorn break, the film goes pop out of control. Suddenly Malhotra is not the villain anymore and Raka returns as a pollution-eating monster, an uncontrollable Frankenstein. Sidekick Rohit's role is inexplicably lengthened and he is curiously turned into Aman's brother.
Malhotra sacking an employee for believing in the tree is left without a neat follow-up. The powers of the tree should've been better utilised in the finale. Instead, Remo prolongs the climax by propelling Aman and Raka into a different planet for the final showdown.
Tiger Shroff's dancing and action skills continue to be his winning traits. Kay Kay Menon is reduced to a caricature as villain Malhotra. Amrita Singh shouts instead of acting as the mother. Remo's desire to milk Sikh sentiments by explaining the significance of barah baje and the turban, is too blatant for the community to fall for it in a big way. Sachin-Jigar's music lacks chartbusting appeal.
The vital message of how pollution is sheer evil gets lost in the bizarre second half.
For a superhero theme that's too spaced out to thrill, A Flying Jatt gets a 2 star rating.