Jalsa Movie Review: A Mind Messing Portrayal of Inner Conflict

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Jalsa Movie Review: Jalsa is basically an intense drama that looks like a psychological thriller.

The film narrates an unfortunate story of an incident that makes a well known journalist-single mom Maya Menon (Vidya Balan) along with her cook Ruksana’s (Shefali Shah) lives upside down. The film tries to give a clear picture of various notions and challenges of survival, morality and truth.

When we have to discuss Jalsa movie review, the only thing that comes to mind is how the makers have made this film which looks like a kind of psychological thriller. The film behaves well by showcasing the intricacies of human values and behavior, especially when pushed over the edge.

Above and all, Jalsa film is better a portrayal of self-reflection and guilt. The film stars Shefali Shah and Vidya Balan in their respective pivotal roles. The best part of the film is that it has one of the best kind of start.

Jalsa Movie Review: Shefali Shah Manages to Rescue the Film At Last

The film shows two women who live together and mainly occupy the opposite sides of social and financial divide seem to have an impact after a terrible accident takes place one night.

The film has specifically taken the renowned actress Vidya Balan to enact under the direction of director Suresh Triveni. Jalsa is an emotional drama having an impressive start. But as the film progresses, the plot starts developing into an old bump.

Shefali Shah and Vidya Balan have proven their abilities in the past. They are in fact one of the most versatile actresses in Bollywood. They are also known of doing role of substance. In this film too, they have been picked to showcase their real talent to the audience.

Jalsa was earlier released on Amazon Prime Video and even managed to grab rave reviews from the audience. Jalsa was released in many languages like Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Hindi.

After the film was released on OTT platform, there was a buzz from the audience regarding the film. There are so many tweets available that say different words in favor of the film.

Jalsa starts with young lovers who are currently enjoying their ride on a two-wheeler. After the ride, they are back home in the wee hours of the morning. At this time, Maya looks like completely exhausted and accidently runs over a teenaged girl and moves away.

This leaves the poor girl shocked who is in a pool of blood. She’s the only daughter of Ruksana. After the incident happened, Maya decides not to reveal it in front of her cook even when she happens to be an integral part of the family.

The accident makes Ruksana’s daughter Alia (Kashish Rizwan) lies in a hospital. At this time, Maya decides to take her boss into confidence. Although, Maya tries to cover up the entire incident, but a trainee journalist named Rohini (Vidhatri Bandi) decides to expose the trap laid by Maya.

During the entire film, both Shefali Shah and Vidya Balan perform best to make the audience glued with their seats. The film tries to put human weakness just under a scanner and then articulates some points that actually make sense.

Jalsa is a good film not just because it has two great actresses perform. It’s also because of the subject. Both of them are at their best when the overall performance of the film is judged.

There are various tweets of users who judged the film as per its performance. For example one user wrote, “Shefali – Vidya Duo has never disappointed and with #Jalsa, they continue to maintain that streak. @vidya_balan & @ShefaliShah_ are the reason why one gets connected to film instantly. Add on to this, a good music & BGM”. Another user took to the micro-blogging site and tweeted, “#Jalsa easily one of the best ethical dramas I have seen to come out of Hindi cinema. The value system of Maya is so starkly different from @vidya_balan, it sure must have been a task to commit to the character. @ShefaliShah as always is great. Hard hitting. Must watch.”



As the film was released on March 18, 2022 on the occasion of Holi, Vidya Balan has high hopes from the film. She has stated that Jalsa happens to be a nice gripping story with a lot of drama in the end.

Vidya also praises Shefali Shah with whom she has teamed up for the first time in Jalsa. This is what she told to ETimes, “I have loved and admired Shefali’s work for as long as I can remember. Just the prospect of getting to work with her was an exciting one,” she said.


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