In the first act of the film Kareena plays a gregarious, loqacious, large-hearted, bonehead. This characterization also spills across to the rest of her surdi family - which remained a constant source of amusement for me in the film. Portray a community as fun-loving and its amazing how clueless you can show them to be and get away with it all (Kal Ho Na Ho, anyone?).
Its not that I don't know Punjabis who are ready to break out the belly dancing at any excuse, but I know a larger amount who'll nurse a diet Pepsi and engage in an incisive discussion of the psychosocial aftermath of the Golden Temple invasion. But try showing one of the latter in a Bollywood flick and all hell will break loose.
Anyway, on to Kareena. Its important to describe this character because anyone who's seen Kareena in Mujhse Dosti Karoge will tell you that she was born to play roles like these. Firmly ensconced in her comfort zone, Kareena proceeds to deliver an infectious performance - probably making legions of girls wish they were her and an equal number of boys wish they were with her. Great so far, but not much of a stretch (not that you should hold that against an actor but remember Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose and what she snagged? I'm just saying)
In the later half, where Kareena is required to play against type, she changes her body language, moves with deliberation, looks down a lot and above all looks wistful. She gets a helpful boost through a montage, played against Ustad Rashid Khan's soulful "Aaoge Jab Tum", that helps her breeze through some heavyweight scenes required to set up her second act. And she follows through with some well modulated acting. In particular, she delivers one terrific scene when she voices her desperation to Shahid in a hotel room. (This after Shahid has just rescued her from a life as a working woman in a hostel - the chosen Bollywood destination for hopeless women who can't get hitched.)
Its an enjoyable performance and Kareena's ability here to own the movie by projecting a huge presence might be an indication of a Madhuri Dixit-like career arc.
And much as I had fun watching Jab We Met I'd like to nitpick this with director Imtiaz Ali. Boss, what kind a director these days can't film a green screen scene properly? And what kind of a director is so lazy that he won't lug a camera in the dark and take some shots of a train zipping through the night instead of relying on Mithun Chakraborthy-style special effects as substitutes? Not one who aspires to be Bollywood's next hot property.
- Saritha's review
- Sania barely noticed the toy trains but may have more say later?
- sidekick was underwhelmed by Kareena, impressed with Shahid
- The toy trains were Ramsay brothers, says Amrita
- anu g overcame Kareena's shrieking to enjoy the movie and notes Kareena had never ridden a train before
- Big Moose versus Shahid - What took so long? wonders Yajnaseni
- headmistress lists her reasons for loving JWM
- Joules points out one terrific Shahid scene and dispenses up close info about Kareena's complexion
- Bella confirms this and will be watching the movie soon
- ritha links to Pritam's "inspiration" for two of the songs in the movie
- Any news on the scene stealing Teddy Maurya asks Meena
- Priti recalls her impressions of JWM (actors: shrieky and stiff)
- The dialogues were the star for leera, who thinks Geet's character nailed the Bindaas Raho Valley Girl archetype
- The men in girlie girl's family walked out but it didn't stop her from loving the film
- Mind Rush on Jab We Rebound
- Bharati dwells on the unfulfilled promise of Imtiaz's first
- So does M who is disappointed by the slipshod treatment of working women in Bollywood
- Saritha is back and dishes on Kareena's railways misadventures
- The Get Back At Bollywood for Working Women List: 1-4, 5 (Sania), 6-7 (M), 8
- Beth wishes Shahid-Kareena had the same adorability for a while in real life
- Cinderella wasn't bored for a second - a rare event