Remember the feeling that you had when you came out of the cinema halls after watching Dil Chahta Hai? How refreshing was it? It was an amazing feeling… right? Didn’t you tend to love each and every character in the film? Well, you will have a similar feeling after watching Jaane Tu… Although Dil Chahta Hai’s storyline was mind blowing, Jaane Tu plays itself safe with the tried and tested love triangle/quadrangle story.
The plot of the movie is similar to Ishq Vishk or Niram (Malayalam). Two best friends – a boy and a girl. They like each other more than anyone else. But they don’t know that they are in love. Their friends, parents, everyone thinks that they are in love. But not these two. The story is the same, but its the execution and the casting that makes this movie special. Like Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’s story was almost similar to a dozen movies made one a similar plot. Yet even after 19 years of its release, QSQT holds a special place in our hearts.
The movie begins with a group of friends narrating the story to one of the group member’s yet-to-be girlfriend at the airport. The story of how Jai (Imran Khan) does everything under the sun to keep Aditi (Genelia) happy. They are one of the friends who cross the limits of friendship, yet don’t realize that they are in love. When their parents ask if they are ready for marriage, they are shocked. They refuse and then start searching for a life partner for the other. Aditi manages to get a girlfriend for Jai. But later she feels jealous as Jai moves away from her. Then she herself gets engaged to her father’s friend’s son. But both Jai and Aditi’s relationship with their fiancee/girlfriend turns sour and like a good hindi movie, the two marry in the end.
Both Imran and Genelia were amazing in their roles. They managed to full birdie with this one. I have seen Genelia in two other movies (Santosh Subramanium and Mere Baap Pehle Aap) and in both the movies, I did not like her very much. But this one changed it all. Imran was very natural and did not have the first-timer fear factor in him. This boy is far far better than Ranbir Kapoor (who undeservedly won all the awards last year for best new comer) and this year, Imran can easily beat Harman Baweja, who has had a very bad career launch with Love Story 2050. The other supporting cast were also very good. Ratna Pathak as Jai’s mother was awesome. Naseeruddin Shah as Jai’s late father (who speaks from a photo frame – the Hum Panch way) was too good. Paresh Rawal, Sohail Khan and Arbaaz Khan with their limited roles did well. They managed to tickle the funny bone at the right moment.
Music by the God himself – Rahman – was worth a bow. The first time I heard the music, it did not have the classic touch that every Rahman music has. But after watching the movie, I feel the music was apt for the story. Every song was composed keeping the script in mind. And the best thing in the movie was – every song was worth its presence. Nowhere will you feel that the song was not required. The songs were not used as fillers. They deserved their place. And Rahman does full justice to the script!
There were a few scenes that you will remember forever. The scene where Aditi asks her brother Amit if she can sit and he says, “You home, your bum, you can sit wherever you want!”. The dialogue was so spontaneous that you will laugh at it every time you think about it. There were many such scenes which will be remembered for a long time for its classic execution.
I spent 100 bucks for the movie and it was worth 200 bucks. Total paisa wasool stuff! And also worth watching second time.
Advice: Worth spending your hard-earned money on!