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* rating.
Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Journalist & Author