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 Jaal - The Trap
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Starring :
 Guddu Dhanoa
 Anand Raj Anand
 Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff, Tabu, Reema Sen, Farida Jalal

By Kshama Rao

It's been barely a fortnight since we saw director Guddu Dhanoa's horrow film Hawa and we are subjected to yet another of his offerings - Jaal, the trap. But unlike Hawa, which seemed to blow in no particular direction, at least Jaal has some redeeming points. So what if the real story begins only in the second half and the film is high on action, at least it has the mandatory kahani mein twist, which is sure to keep the viewers baffled till the climax.

There is no irritating sight for an avid Hindi film viewer than of Sunny Deol dancing with his two left feet or even Tabu pirouetting sexily in chiffon saris! But what to do, Guddu Dhanoa wants his film's protagonist Ajay Kaul (Sunny) to be a pop singer which means he also had to dance to some Aadesh Shrivastava Punjab da puttar number in sleeveless jacket! Next, he has to look lovelorn like a hopeless Romeo waiting for Neha Pandit (Tabu) who can't seem to take care neither of her dupatta nor umbrella. After a couple of excruciating scenes, Ajay realises Neha can't reciprocate his love because she is a widow. Worse, her father-in-law (Anupam Kher) won't let her marry Ajay. But he finally comes around when Ajay maaroes the typical Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge line 'Babuji aap jab tak uska haath mere haathon mein nahin dete main usse shaadi nahin karunga!'

Meanwhile, Ajay is the son of an army officer, Amrish Kaul (Amrish Puri) whose only duty now has been relegated to safeguard the Home Minister's daughter Anita Chowdhury (Rima Sen) in New Zealand. She's apparently the target of an Al Qaeeda kind of terrorist outfit headed by Junaid (Mukesh Rishi). And we are also told that Ajay too is a trained commando but is not interested in joining his father's forces, as he's interested in becoming a pop singer.

But just as Ajay and Neha revel in their new-found happiness, Junaid kidnaps her. He asks Ajay to get Anita Chowdhury in return of Neha. Ajay catches the first flight to New Zealand, sings a couple of songs with Anita so much so that she falls in love with him and he manages to get her to Simla, that's where Junaid is. The time has come to exchange the two women and here the film takes a turn and a great one at that! Obviously, we can't let the cat out of the bag.

The first half makes you wonder why Tabu did this film, the second half provides you with some answers. Rima is good in the emotional scenes while Sunny when he's not shaking his hip awkwardly, does his maar dhaad act with élan. Anand Raj Anand's music doesn't give any anand to our ears. Shripad Natur'a cinematography and Tinu Verma's action scenes (especially the beginning ski chase and the train one in the climax) are other high points of this otherwise average film.

All in all, if you have the patience to sit through the first half, the second half should be a cakewalk.

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iT rEally a nice n action movie Tabu KEEp IT UP!
- Needa

Nice movie.. for sunnny
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