Can you imagine what would be the state of carnivorous animals if they are fed grass? Or for that matter if herbivorous animals are fed the flesh of other animals? .
Now imagine this: an ensemble cast of actors from the National School of Drama are locked in a room, to discuss a very important issue pertaining to the nation. They form the core team of 'powers that be' in our country. At first, they are brilliant, especially Anu Kapoor who chairs this high-powered meeting, but soon it fizzles out to worse than slapstick comedy with none of the actors being aware of what they are being fed; or rather flummoxed by the fact that they are being fed the wrong food (read script).
Like over-enthusiastic kids in their first school play, you are then witness to some very fine actors [like Om Puri, Satish Kaushik, Seema Biswas, Adil Hussain, Aamir Bashir, Grusha Kapoor and Benjamin Gilani] jumping all over the place.
Director Ranjit Kapoor appears to have hit the nail on the head when he begins, taking the viewer to the Indo-Pak border and giving a rather funny twist to the animosity that exists between the two nations.
A hen, called 'Mumtaz' is in no man's land and the commander of both sides of the army wants to bring it to their side. Could that hen be Kashmir? So far so good! A brilliant stroke!
Soon, news spreads like wildfire that there is tension on the border with television channels going overboard in trying to sensationalize the issue without knowing what the real problem is. Again, very good!
We are then taken to this high-powered meeting, mentioned in the opening paragraphs, which is called to discuss the issue and find a solution to it. Again very, very, good!
But soon, this meeting turns into a farce [which it is was meant to be], but the manner in which the comedy is handled, or rather the ironic side of politics, leaves a lot to be desired.
JAI HO DEMOCRACY was meant to show the farcical side of politics. It turns out being a farce!