Jaane Jaan Review: Kareena Kapoor, Vijay Varma, Jaideep Ahlawat’s Killer Acting Covers Up For Weak Screenplay

Kareena's OTT debut is here!
Jaane Jaan Review: Kareena Kapoor, Vijay Varma, Jaideep Ahlawat’s Killer Acting Covers Up For Weak Screenplay
hauterrfly Rating: 3 / 5

Get ready to be surprised because our favourite star is making her OTT debut on Thursday, September 21. Yes, I’m talking about Kareena Kapoor Khan. Bebo is all set to make her big OTT debut with the Netflix mystery thriller film Jaane Jaan alongside Vijay Varma and Jaideep Ahlawat. And we just cannot keep calm. Vijay and Jaideep are known to own the OTT space with their variety of works and Bebo, as we know, is the one star who turns heads with her work. So, in case you’re wondering what this unlikely trio has in store for you, dive in and read our review of this film written and directed by Sujoy Ghosh. ICYMI, Jaane Jaan releases on Netflix on September 21.

The Plot of Jaane Jaan

Jaane Jaan is the film adaption of Keigo Higashino’s 2005 novel titled The Devotion of Suspect X. In fact, the film was initially named Suspect X but was later renamed Jaane Jaan. The film revolves around 3 main characters – Soniya/Maya D’Souza (played by Kareena Kapoor), Teacher Naren/Naroo (played by Jaideep Ahlawat) and Police Inspector Karan Anand (played by Vijay Varma). When Maya D’Souza lands in the middle of the murder investigation of her ex-husband after getting blood on her hands, her neighbour and teacher Naren steps forward to help her out while Naren’s friend and Police Inspector Karan Anand is busy chasing after clues to prove that Maya killed her husband. While Maya worries about hiding her crime, Naren has a hidden motive behind helping her and Karan struggles with his deep, dark desires. Will Karan uncover Maya’s crime? Will Naren be able to protect her? Watch the film to know more.

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Kareena Kapoor as Soniya/Maya D’Souza: Despite the lack of a character arc, Kareena Kapoor made her OTT debut by delivering a powerful performance as Maya D’Souza. The actress not only looks raw on-screen but she manages to bring out her raw emotions as well. One can see her moral and emotional struggle as she ends up killing her estranged husband who she is disgusted by.


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Jaideep Ahlawat as Maths Teacher Naren/Naroo: Jaideep Ahlawat is a nuanced actor who has time and again owned the OTT space and he does it once again. It’s an absolute delight to witness Naren’s character arc as he goes from a shy, timid teacher to a genius who solves his neighbour’s problem despite knowing the price he has to pay for it. IMHO, Jaideep totally stole the limelight in Kareena Kapoor’s OTT debut.


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Vijay Varma as Police Inspector Karan Anand: Vijay Varma proves his mettle once again in this film as he plays the role of a cop. NGL, Vijay Varma does not look like the stereotypical cop that we see on-screen but he delivers an impressive performance every single time and manages to make his cop look genuine and believable. We’re never getting bored of seeing Vijay as a cop or just Vijay act!


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Naisha Khanna looks absolutely perfect in the role of Tara D’Souza. The actress brings out her character’s emotional turmoil with ease. Saurabh Sachdeva looks menacing as Kareena Kapoor’s Maya D’Souza’s estranged husband and cop Ajit Mhatre. The actor makes you side with Kareena’s character and hate his guts as he should. The rest of the supporting cast has also played their part to perfection.

Verdict: Jaideep Ahlawat Steals The Show In Kareena Kapoor’s OTT Debut!

Let’s begin with what works for this film. Kareena Kapoor’s star power is on full display as she makes her much-awaited OTT debut. NGL but her character, Maya D’Souza is poorly written but only Bebo has the acting skills and power to save the film. The actress and her emotions look raw AF. Vijay Varma is just as impressive as you get to see his character struggle with his own feelings and desires as he takes an unconventional path to investigate the murder. Coming to Jaideep Ahlawat, where do I even begin? The actor shines and how! His character arc is interesting to witness as he grows throughout the film till the very end. The last scene will make your blood rush to your head. The actor manages to give one chills with her amazing acting skills as an actor and as a character too.

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The cinematography is also beautifully done to depict the premise of the film which is dark, twisted and emotional. However, the screenplay and dialogues fail to make a mark and the background score is not very memorable. Jaane Jaan fails to explore the interpersonal relationships between the characters. Despite being college friends, Jaideep’s Naren and Vijay’s Karan’s friendship looks shallow. NGL but I truly wish the makers had explored their sweet but complicated bond. While Naren and Maya’s relationship is adequately explored, Maya’s twisted relationship with Karan barely scratches the surface. A cop romancing his suspect, one would expect more. To make matters worse, Kareena Kapoor and Saurabh Sachdeva’s characters’ dark past remains undiscovered which makes it tough for one to feel completely and absolutely invested in Maya’s story. All of this makes the overall screenplay of Jaane Jaan shallow. I mean, Maya and Tara’s mother-daughter bond severely lacks depth. In fact, the writer seems to have forgotten all about the daughter Maya has after a certain point.

Speaking of the plot, it seems interesting and keeps one hooked. The powerful performances delivered by all three stars make one sit on the edge of their seat and wait to find out what happens next. However, the climax is not climaxing. The ending of the film seems half-baked and leaves the viewer with unanswered questions. TBH, the ending also leaves you wondering if the makers just came up with it last minute.  The investigation being conducted by Vijay lacks depth and is extremely disjointed. The plot is also very predictable as the film gives away far too much before the climax. Jaane Jaan gives you the answer to all your questions in parts throughout the film and via flashbacks and in the end, they simply put the parts of the answers together for it all to make sense but it really doesn’t because they leave just one question unanswered. Now, I wish I could tell you what that question is but if I were to do that, I would be giving away too much just like this film.


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Now, I must give Jaideep Ahlawat’s twisted character a special mention because he’s the only one who makes you love him and feel invested in his story, his emotions and his actions. It makes you hope and pray that he gets away with helping Kareena Kapoor’s Maya more than one would wish for Maya to get away with it. It’s all the shades of Jaideep’s character that had me hooked. As for the verdict, Jaane Jaan’s star cast has delivered killer performances despite the unimpressive screenplay. But only Kareena Kapoor, Vijay Varma and Jaideep Ahlawat can get away with this predictable but intriguing crime thriller.


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Jaane Jaan is currently streaming on OTT platform Netflix.

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