Jalsa is a spine-chilling thriller in which a perplexing hit-and-run case leaves a well-known TV journalist, an aggrieved mother, a police officer, and the judicial system grasping at straws after it becomes challenging to distinguish right from wrong. A well-known TV journalist Maya Menon (Vidya Balan) is caught up in a situation in which an 18-year-old teenage girl is hit by a car and is on her deathbed. She (Maya) resides with her Cerebral Palsy son, Ayush, and her mother. Later in the story, it is revealed that the injured young girl's mother is Rukhsana Mohammad (Shefali Shah). The entire plot revolves around who hit the girl and fled. What is Maya hiding, and who wants to end the investigation by bribing Ruksana's family? Furthermore, how do they deal with personal guilt, and how long do they have before it consumes them? To find out how the tale unfolds, you’ll have to see the movie.
Why should you watch Jalsa?
Jalsa has a distinct narrative that deals with a heartbreaking depiction of inner conflict. It explores various aspects of this world. The sensitivity and fragility of human behaviour and life are depicted in a subtle yet effective way. Moreover, the movie also exemplifies the intricacies of human emotions such as remorse, rage, grief, corruption and guilt.
The trailer is extremely deceiving, and the film will turn everything upside-down. This movie is a hundred times darker, and everything contradicts itself. The characters are designed in such a manner that they starkly contrast one another and do not belong to the same shade in two consecutive scenes, nor are they wholly grey.
Vidya Balan's character is a middle-aged woman who has portrayed herself as the pinnacle of honesty and someone who is always willing to help those in need. However, when the time arises, she flees the scene rather than helping. But she also crumbles and drowns in her remorse and regrets. Rukhsana, played by Shefali Shah, who works for Maya and looks after her son, on the other hand, comes from a marginalised community.
The plot contrasts the two major protagonists, who come from different socioeconomic backgrounds but are united by motherhood and fortitude. It's extremely satisfying to see these two strong women communicate their feelings through their eyes and subtle acting. Despite their differences, they are comparable in certain ways.
The movie's style is so intense and dark that it adds to eliciting strong emotions and giving you chills. The cinematography is flawless, as the director skillfully transforms a comfortable, opulent Mumbai flat overlooking the sea into a terrifying, claustrophobic realm of emotional struggle. Shefali Shah's portrayal of silence has an underlying sorrow that accompanies each shot of the storyline. It is a slow-burn movie, but quite a fascinating thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat for the majority of the time.
Yay! The movie is available for streaming online and you can watch Jalsa movie on Prime Video. It is not available to buy/ rent online on any platforms right now.
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