Jai Ho (transl. Let there be Victory) is a 2014 Indian Hindi-language action drama film directed by Sohail Khan, who also produced the film under the banner Sohail Khan Films, and co-produced by Sunil Lulla of Eros International, which distributed the film. It stars Salman Khan, Tabu, Daisy Shah, Aditya Pancholi and Danny Denzongpa. It also features Sunil Shetty and Genelia D’Souza in cameo appearances.
The film is an official remake of the Telugu film Stalin (2006), directed by A. R. Murugadoss, which is also inspired from the American-drama film Pay It Forward.
Jai Ho was released on 24 January 2014, during the Republic Day weekend. It received mixed reviews from critics. However, the film grossed ₹1.40 billion at the box-office.
Jai Agnihotri (Salman Khan) is an ex-army officer who is short-tempered and passionate about helping citizens and fighting criminals. He was a major in the Indian Army, but was suspended after he ignored orders from his superiors to rescue a group of children from terrorists. After this incident, Jai moved in with his mother and sister Geeta (Tabu).
One day, Jai is unable to help Suman, a physically disabled girl (Genelia D’Souza), take an examination while her brother Rohan (Vikas Bhalla) was stuck in a traffic jam. A depressed Suman commits suicide. Jai is greatly disturbed by this incident. With Suman’s death fresh in his mind, Jai creates a system that would encourage citizens to help each other. Each day, citizens are to help three people. These three people would in turn help three more people, and so on. Jai believes that this network would foster kindness and a sense of community among the citizens. His system, however, faces challenges.
On one occasion, for one of his daily good deeds, Jai loses his temper and beats a rich man who had injured a child beggar. In an act of revenge, the rich man employs some men to kidnap Jai’s sister Geeta and friend Rinky (Daisy Shah). Jai is able to save Geeta and Rinky, but injures one of the captors in the process, who happenes to be the henchman of a member of the Legislative Assembly named Patil, the son-in-law of the Home Minister Dashrath Singh.
Dashrath is not pleased that Jai has injured one of Patil’s henchmen. He attempts to avenge this injury by kidnapping Jai’s nephew Kabir. Dashrath, however, loses Patil out of Jai’s rage in the process. Chief Minister Ashok Pradhan (Mohnish Behl) meanwhile finds out about Jai’s system after his own life is saved by a schoolgirl performing her good deeds for the day. He decides to intervene in the dispute between Dashrath and Jai in an attempt to put an end to their fight. Dashrath, who does not appreciate this intervention, attempts to kill Ashok and frame Jai. However, Jai is able to save Ashok.
Dashrath’s son Arjun Singh and his hired men attack Jai, who kills Arjun, but not before the latter is severely injured after getting stabbed by his sister and Patil’s widow, Kavita (Sana Khan) and she being stabbed to her stomach. A rickshaw driver (Mahesh Manjrekar) and Jai’s former colleague, Arjun Kaul (Suniel Shetty), together help Jai get to the hospital. While Jai is at the hospital, Dashrath spreads rumors that Jai had attempted to assassinate Ashok. Once he recovers, Ashok reveals that it was Dashrath and not Jai who was behind the attempted murder. An enraged crowd beats Dashrath to near death after hearing the truth.
Doctors are able to save Jai, who has survived, thanks to his own help-three-people concept. When Jai emerges from the hospital, he finds thousands of people waiting for him. Jai thanks them all for making his concept a success and this is how the film ends.
Salman Khan as Ex Major Jai Agnihotri, who wanted to help people
Sunil Shetty as Captain Arjun Kaul (special appearance), who knew that Jai was innocent
Tabu as Geeta Agnihotri/Geeta Rehaan Khanna— Jai’s Elder Sister
Daisy Shah as Rinky Shah (Pinky)
Danny Denzongpa as a corrupt Home Minister Dashrath Singh
Aditya Pancholi as Inspector Kadam
Mahesh Manjrekar as Rickshaw Driver
Sharad Kapoor as Inspector Siddiqui
Mukul Dev as Shreekanth Patil— Kavita’s Husband
Haroon Kazi as Harmesh Singh— Dashrath’s Son
Nadira Babbar as Sulochana Agnihotri— Jai’s Mother
Pulkit Samrat as Senior Inspector Abhay Rajput
Sana Khan as Kavita Singh Patil— Dashrath’s Daughter
Resham Tipnis as Meghna Shah— Rinky’s Mother
Ashmit Patel as Sumit
Yash Tonk as Babu
Mahesh Thakur as Rehaan Khanna— Geeta’s Husband
Naman Jain as Kabir Khanna (Chhotey Choohe)— Rehaan and Geeta’s Son
Tulip Joshi as Mrs D
Nana Banana as Class Wrap
Varun Badola as Mr D’Souza
Bruna Abdullah as Anne
Sudesh Lehri as Pandit
Santosh Shukla as Maanik
Jeetu Verma as Bad Boy
Nauheed Cyrusi as Simran
Raju Mavani as Home Minister’s PA
Genelia D’Souza as Suman (extended cameo appearance)
Vikas Bhalla as Rohan (extended cameo appearance)
Mohnish Bahl as Chief Minister Ashok Pradhan (cameo appearance)
Ruhanika Dhawan as Sanjana (special appearance)
Vatsal Sheth as Wanjit (cameo appearance)