I would like to begin this review by summarizing a story: Bryan once helped an old lady stranded on the highway with a flat tyre. After he had helped fix her tyre and was on his way, she stopped him to ask how much she owed him. Bryan (tired, dirty and having financial problems of his own), just smiled and told her that she owed him nothing. Instead, Bryan told her the next time she found someone who needed assistance she should help that person, and added, ''Think of me.''
The lady drove down to a cafe on the highway to refresh herself. She saw that the waitress attending to her was pregnant and worried, yet she served her with a smile on her face. When the time came to pay the bill, she left without saying goodbye. But she had left a huge tip with a note asking her not to break this chain of love.
The waitress came home, and knew how much her husband was worried about the finances. Before retiring to bed, she smiled knowing that the hefty tip would go a long way in helping them tide the arrival of the newborn.
She snuggled upto her husband and said, ''I love you Bryan.''
''What goes around comes around'', is the title of this story. It can be found in the book FWD: Stories From Your Inbox
, compiled by Yours Truly
. Or you might have already read it sometime or the other in your inbox!
The whole plot of Jai Ho is based on the principle of doing good. Jai Agnihotri (Salman Khan), an ex-army officer, tells people who he has helped not to say thank you, but instead help three people in return and in-turn ask those three to help three more! CHECK OUT: JAI HO Movie Dialogues
Sohail Khan has got the message right as well as the reigning Bollywood Star to essay this 'do good' message. But where he lacks is in the presentation, which at times oscillates from average to poor. But thanks to the aura of Salman, he pulls off the story just by his fiery fists.
Just his presence on screen is 'paisa vasool' for his legion of fans. When the ambulance refuses to start, with an injured Chief Minister inside, and goons swooning around to finish them off, Jai gives it a mighty kick! This action in itself draws thunderous applause from the audience. ''I knew he would do something out of the ordinary,'' yells a 24-year-old youth somewhere in the back seat.
This and many other fight scenes where he beats the bad men to pulp to help the common man are the USP of the film.
''Aam aadmi sota hua sher hai
,'' he tells one of the goons, ''Ungli mat kar
In the end, Jai, who has recovered after being critically injured, comes to the hospital balcony to witness what he had started. He is greeted by thousands of aam aadmi
who have or will be following the 'do good to three people', request.
The film ends with Jai locking his thumb and little finger, leaving three fingers upright. CHECK OUT: JAI HO Movie Special
Three-and-a-half stars for that and for the effort put in by Salman Khan to send a very positive and uplifting message through a medium he knows best. Just imagine what would happen even if a small percentage of his fans start doing what he is asking!
And in case you want to make a difference, please do buy a copy of the book, FWD: Stories From Your Inbox
. If you like it; ask three friends to buy it and request them to FWD that request. The book, released in December 2006, is published by Tej-Prasarini, Don Bosco Communications The reason is simple:
every penny from the sale of that book goes towards charity... for the street children of Shelter Don Bosco.