JACKPOT is a fast paced comedy con full jhol film. It is shown in 10 chapters spread out over 10 days. Each chapter or day is about 10 minutes long. It is set in the world of casino boats and gambling in Goa.
Goa. Backwaters. Peace and silence. A lazy river. A House Boat comes into view. Rocking unsteadily. A gunshot. The boat begins to go down. We hear a splash. Over opening credits. A bodyfalls into the still waters of the Chaporariver. It makes a huge splash as it gets caught in fishing nets. The person starts to drown. A briefcase marked JACKPOT floats above the water. A pair of hands grabs it. The house boatstarts to sink into the river. The movie goes backwards all the way to 10 days ago. In the process, we see how an amateur gang of people manage to enact the perfect comedy con, wherein they rig the casino boat in such a way as to win the 5 Crore Jackpot. They then stage their own robbery, and get away with the cash as well as the insurance against the cash. In so doing, the 5 members of the gang split up, they start to suspect each other and things go horribly wrong. This is a fast paced action thriller, with lots of comedy, plot twists and turns. The movie is set entirely in Goa, mostly on the rivers and backwaters. It is also told in reverse - first we see what they do, and then we see howthey did it. In other words, this is like a murder mystery - first we see the murder itself, and then we see how it was planned. In this story – first we see the heist and then we see how it was planned. This provides a new and novel way to tell a story. It is contemporary, urban, young, fresh and funny. This is a universal story about greed, trust and love. It is told in a fast and frenetic manner – complete with song, dance and action.
Francis (Sachiin J Joshi)is in his mid 20s. Doesn’t look like a con. He’s a young boy, 24, cute. He’s very fast with his fingers and practices all kinds of magic and card tricks all day. Born and brought up in Goa – Francis is a typical Goan boy in many ways. Loves the family, laid back life, backwaters and good food. He has talented fingers and wants to be able to use them.
Maya,the sexy secretary:(Sunny Leone). In her mid 20s. She appears to be very smart and intelligent and loyal to her man, Francis and the gang. What we don’t know is what her game is – until the very end. She’s strong, independent, beautiful. Has a way with men and pretends to be very soft and un-assuming, while actually is quite the opposite.
Boss Man- (Naseeruddin Shah) He looks ferocious. Lots of charisma and power.This man is genuinely massive and threatening. Actually – inside he is a soft cuddly toy, but because of his attitude and frame, he runs the Casino with an iron fist. He’s completely mad and unpredictable. He chomps on unlit cigars.
Anthony (Bharat) - Francis’ best friend. Also in his early 20s. He’s somewhat lazy and corrupt and needs to be egged on to do something – anything at all! But he is fiercely loyal to Francis and has quite the sharp mind – if he applies it. For the past one year, he has been training in playing Poker. His ambition in life is to win the World Poker Series.
Kirti.He’s the muscle in the operation - the tough guy who takes charge of things when needed. He is close friends with Francis and Antony. He is smart and educated, also driven to succeed. He has ambition. His ambition is to clean out the Casino Jackpot in the most daring con of all. He wants them to rig the Poker Competition. Inspector Tukaram: (Makarand Deshpande) The local Goan police officer from the sleepy village in Camurlim. In his 40s. Nothing much ever happens on his beat, so when he has a double murder and daylight robbery to investigate, his life starts to look up. He is meticulous, funny and well researched.