A Flying Jatt
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A Flying Jatt is a 2016 Bollywood superhero film co-written and directed by Remo D'Souza and produced under the banner of Balaji Motion Pictures. It features Tiger Shroff, Jacqueline Fernandez and Nathan Jones in the lead roles. A Flying Jatt narrates the story of an ordinary man (Shroff) who gains superpowers. The film released worldwide on 25 August 2016 on Janmashtami weekend. It has received negative reviews due to its poor plot.
|A Flying Jatt|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Remo D'Souza|
|Written by||Aakash Kaushik
|Screenplay by||Tushar Hiranandani
|Story by||Remo D'Souza|
|Cinematography||Vijay Kumar Arora|
|Edited by||Nitin FCP|
|Distributed by||ALT Entertainment|
Wealthy and influential businessman Mr. Malhotra (Kay Kay Menon) has built a factory on the shore of a lake into which pollutants and toxic waste are released. He wants to build a bridge across it for faster transportation but cannot do so due to a sacred tree present on the other side of the lake on a piece of land which belongs to Mrs. Dhillon (Amrita Singh), a religious but irrepressible Punjabi woman living with her two sons Aman Dhillon (Tiger Shroff) and Rohit Dhillon (Gaurav Pandey). Aman is a martial arts teacher in a school, and has a crush on Kirti (Jacqueline Fernandez), a fellow teacher.
After Malhotra fails to intimidate the Dhillon family into selling their land, he brings in Raka (Nathan Jones), a mercenary, to get the job done. Raka arrives at the tree with a chainsaw but Aman is present there and tries to stop him. Raka beats Aman badly but moments before he tries to decapitate him with the saw a lightning bolt hits the tree. The impact flings Raka away and he lands amongst barrels of toxic waste outside Malhotra's factory.
The next morning, Aman finds himself in his bed alive with no sign of any injury and presumes all that happened to be a dream. He also does not notice a khanda that has appeared on his back, the same symbol which was carved on the tree and had been imprinted on him during the attack. Later that day, he and his brother notice a few unusual things happening to him, such as increased agility and the ability to absorb information by touching objects. After escaping an ambush using super speed, Rohit and his mother confirm that Aman has somehow gained super powers. She immediately declares him a superhero.
After making him a costume and showing him several superhero films for inspiration, Aman's mother tells him the story of his father Sardar Kartar Singh Dhillon, a Sikh who went to Shaolin to learn martial arts and was named "Flying Jatt". She asks Aman to take up the legacy of his father and keep Flying Jatt as his superhero name to which he agrees. Although his superhero exploits get off to a rocky start, Flying Jatt is soon recognised when he saves hostages from a terrorist attack at an airport. As he gains even more success being a hero, Aman proposes to Kirti and reveals his secret identity to her.
Raka is found alive but is now stronger and more dangerous than before after being exposed to the pollutants at the factory, which further exposure continues to make him even more powerful. Aman goes on to battle him several times, beating Raka each time before finally becoming gravely injured in a brutal fight. To save him from further pain, his brother Rohit goes in his place as Flying Jatt and gets killed. Not wanting to lose her remaining son, Mrs. Dhillon decides to leave. However, Aman decides to stay, saying that the cries and sounds of pain of the people would never leave him. Aman then prepares to fight Raka one last time.
However, believing Flying Jatt to be dead, the people decide to take on Raka on their own, with even Malhotra joining them after his daughter is affected by the increasing pollution. Raka returns to kill them once and for all, but Flying Jatt suddenly appears. Raka, in a fit of rage, drags Flying Jatt to the sacred tree and tries to kill him when his mother reappears before them and prays, giving more inspiration to Aman who gets up and takes Raka to an asteroid near Earth. Raka becomes vulnerable on the pollution-free asteroid, and after a long fight, Aman finally inserts his kara (steel bracelet) into Raka, causing him to explode.
Firstpost said "The film's comedy, occasional inventiveness and aura of innocence are what make it effective in its own way, despite the lack of depth. D'souza had displayed his natural wit even in his first film F.A.L.T.U. in 2011. A Flying Jatt could have been so much better than what it is, if he had not kept one eye fixed Westward for inspiration. This one is perhaps best suited to the very very young."
The Economic Times said "Overall, the director seems to have lost the plot after the second act, as the narrative meanders making the entire comic affair agonising."
Anupama Chopra from the Hindustan Times gave the film 1.5 stars out of 5, and said "The first half of A Flying Jatt has moments of fun — I loved that despite being a superhero he has a fear of heights, so he flies very close to the ground. But post-interval, laughter takes a back seat."
|A Flying Jatt|
|Soundtrack album by Sachin-Jigar|
|Released||3 August 2016|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Zee Music Company|
All music composed by Sachin-Jigar.
|1.||"A Flying Jatt"||Vayu & Raftaar||Mansheel Gujral, Raftaar, Tanishkaa||4:36|
|2.||"Toota Jo Kabhi Tara"||Priya Saraiya||Atif Aslam, Sumedha Karmahe||5:05|
|3.||"Beat Pe Booty"||Vayu||Sachin Sanghvi, Jigar Saraiya, Kanika Kapoor, Vayu||3:17|
|4.||"Bhangda Pa"||Mayur Puri||Vishal Dadlani, Divya Kumar, Asees Kaur||3:58|
|5.||"Khair Mangda"||Priya Saraiya||Atif Aslam, Divya Kumar||4:17|
|6.||"Raj Karega Khalsa"||Priya Saraiya||Daler Mehndi, Navraj Hans||5:28|
A Flying Jatt has been made into a graphic novel by Thought Bubbles Studio Planet. The story continues where the film ends.
Awards and nominationsEdit
|Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result||Ref.|
|9th Mirchi Music Awards||Best Song Engineer (Recording & Mixing)||Eric Pillai - "Beat Pe Booty"||Nominated|||
|Zee Cine Awards||Best dance||Tiger Shroff - "Beat Pe Booty"||Won|
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