The announcement that veteran actress Shabana Azmi has been added to the cast of ‘Jazbaa’ has helped clarify the plot of Aishwarya Rai’s comeback film. It is generally accepted that the film, directed by Sanjay Gupta, is a remake of the 2007 South Korean film “Seven Days” but new plot details revealed in an Oct. 29 article make it all but certain that this is the case.
According to a variety of sources Azmi will be playing a mother who will be working against Aishwarya and Irrfan Khan’s characters. Aishwarya plays a lawyer who is unbeaten in the courtroom and Irrfan is a suspended cop. Gupta has recently revealed that there is no romantic equation between Aishwarya and Irrfan in the film.
Aishwarya is reportedly furious at Gupta over the number of plot points he’s been releasing to the press, and is also upset that the director plans to include an item number in what is supposed to be a dramatic and intense film. There are reports that she has demanded changes to the script as well.
If Gupta stays true to the original film, here’s what happens (possible spoilers follow): Aishwarya portrays a lawyer with an incredible winning streak, but as a result has little time for her daughter. Her daughter is kidnapped and in order to save her Aishwarya must secure a not-guilty verdict for a convicted rapist and murderer. The kidnapper gives her seven days to accomplish this task.
Aishwarya enlists the help of a suspended cop (played by Irrfan) to help her track down her daughter’s kidnapper, while at the same time working frantically to win her case and free a guilty man from prison. Over the course of her work she meets the mother (Shabana Azmi) of the girl who was raped and killed by her client, and senses that the woman is particularly moved by love for her child.
Aishwarya succeeds in winning her case and the rapist and murderer walks free. She is lead to the location of her daughter, who is found in a bag and thought to be dead. In the original film this scene played out almost exactly as did the climax of the Brad Pitt film “7,” but the daughter is found alive. The murderer, however, is attacked and brought to a house where he is set on fire by the mother of the woman he murdered, who also, it turns out, is the one who kidnapped Aishwarya’s daughter. She did all of this to ensure that it was her, and not the state, who got to execute the man who ruined her family.
Of course this is merely speculative, but given that “Jazbaa” is a remake of “Seven Days” and that characters with the same descriptions as those in the original film have been cast, it seems likely that the story will follow in a similar (if not exactly the same) manner. The gist being that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will work with Irrfan Khan to free a guilty man and that this scenario will have been set in motion by Shabana Azmi’s character. The film is set to release in the spring of 2015, so we shall very soon see how true to the original Sanjay Gupta is being!