Whether you are hoping for a high sleaze quotient or are expecting a taut thriller, Jackpot disappoints big time.
In the week of quirky themes, Kaizad Gustad returns with a lame thriller. When you have an adult film star (Sunny Leone) headlining your film it should not be the case but Gustad is in a mood to develop an intricate riddle of a film. Once upon a time very few were able to make out the head and tail of Gustad’s Boom and now Jackpot leaves you with a similar feeling of hollowness.
Set in Goa, it is about a casino King called Boss (Naseeruddin Shah), his secretary Maya (Sunny) and a conman called Francis (Sachiin Joshi). Francis shares a plan with Boss to make quick money but as it turns out everybody is after money in this amoral tale with the director having ambitions of making a noir thriller.
But a few minutes into the film you realise that it is clear as daylight that Naseer with his ‘beady’ hairstyle is here to chew the Goan scenery and Sunny and Sachiin have to make do with just the leftovers. The complexity in the screenplay is as contrived as Sunny’s attempt to act. When it comes to expressions, Sunny is definitely better than Sachiin but then we know Sachiin is leading the wooden pack these days.
Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Sachiin Joshi, Sunny Leone
Plot: How a casino king is outsmarted by a conman.
Bottomline: A bluff that misfires!