A Chirpy Beginning

Jaane Tu …Ya Jaane Na has had a good opening at the box office despite the much hyped competition from Love Story 2050. Surprisingly, there is nothing new about the storyline. We have had so many Bollywood movies in the past with similar scripts but what makes this one different is how it blends reality with fantasy.

Jai Singh Rathore,(also known as ‘Rats’) played by Imraan Khan, has made an impressive debut and shows signs of being a promising actor in the industry.

His co-star Aditi, known in the film as Meow, played by Genelia D’souza, portrayed the character well, inspite of her Hindi accent, which wasn’t perfect. This wasn’t her first time as a female protagonist; she made her debut with Ritesh Deshmukh, but has finally made her mark with this film.

She fights with her brother, loves her friends, and, comes across as being adventurous yet real. She also stands up for her best friend Jai Singh Rathore, and entered into fights with many people on his behalf. In contrast, he is a Gandhian, because his mother (played by Ratna Pathak) wants him to be so, and gets out of trouble by smiling. We can learn from his character.

The opening of the plot reminds you of the not so popular movie Chalte Chalte starring Shahrukh Khan and Rani Mukherjee. While the introduction of Jai’s late father would rekindle the ‘Hum Paanch’ tele series’ memories, there is an excellent comic timing offered by the likes of Paresh Rawal; a neighbourhood police inspector and two special appearances. The friends are not very prominent, yet, they do end up catching your attention here and there.

Abbas Tyrewala in his directorial debut has definitely made an effort to put forward Bombay collegeiates and their love lives in a new avatar. The movie makes you enjoy your time in the theatre, even though the storyline cannot be labeled as original.

A.R Rehman’s music is excellent as usual, and the audience can’t help but fall in love with the soundtrack. One or two songs could have been removed from the story, but that’s what makes it a Bollywood movie; a chirpy beginning, a medium paced story buildup, and a happy ending. In fact, the end is where the fantasy element comes in, with prince charming on horseback!

So this summer, you must go and have some fun with the real, the reel and some popcorn.

Meghna Baveja

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