When the temperatures climb and my eyes burn with the sultry heat, all I can handle is a bottle of pop.
Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na is like a 2 hour 40 minute ice-cold bottle of respite. I walked into the theater expecting an entertainer with great music and ended up enjoying a walk down memory lane - full of hilarious, laugh out loud moments poignantly tempered with sunny optimism.
I can almost imagine the scriptwriter coming up with character sketches and saying: I don't need a plot: these people are my movie. All I need is to put Jai, Aditi and gang on a campus, have a Rahman ditty playing in the background and the movie will just, well, write itself. That's how perfect the casting is. It's like the end of your birthday party when you maniacally rip open your presents, avidly clutching every new gift.
A veritable feast for movie lovers in the form of Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak, Paresh Rawal, Anuradha Patel and Rajat Kapoor awaits.
And every performance is so pitch-perfect that I felt like dancing up and down in the aisles with sheer unbridled Bollywood joy. Oh, and Arbaaz and Sohail Khan enact a deliciously loony brother act that will finally allow me to lay the ghost of Hello Brother to rest.
New bhaanja on the block Imraan turns in a lovely performance as the sweet, non-violent so-not Rathore of Ranjhore by way of South Bombay while Genelia D'Souza prances across the screen as the no-holds-barred kaali billi spitfire (whose Hello Kitty barrettes I MUST HAVE).
And watching Prateik Babbar is like a salve to every art film lover who remembers that statuesque woman with the piercing eyes and those sculpted cheekbones. How lovely it was to rekindle memories of my beloved Smita Patil, like a long forgotten song, hummed in a quiet room. I look forward for more from this quiet, intense actor with the 'bolke dole' (Marathi for eyes that speak).
A review of this movie would be incomplete without mentioning the glorious soundtrack. Rahman breezily sets the mood with the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Kabhi Kabhi Aditi, a precursor to the candyfloss romance that follows, and paints the myriad moods of a 'can't live with you, can't live without you' couple with the jazz-inspired title song. But the song that really packs a Dhinchaak Bambaiyya punch is the infectious Pappu Can't Dance number.
Full marks to writer-director Abbas Tyrewala and producer Aamir Khan for a completely paisa vasool outing.
This is a solid Bollywood romance, folks. One that paints glorious rains-and-clouds scenarios only to burst out a technicolor rainbow with the promise of a shiny pot of gold at the end. And there are no leprechauns to get in your way as you RUN to the theaters.
- Anon and Mind Rush are both motivated to see the movie now
- Pitu rates the movie for kids
- Anon recommends Aamir
- Why m won't be seeing this movie
- The presence of Kitu Gidwani playing mummyji psyched Kamal
- The pressure must be mounting on Aamir says Joules
- News from Anon: Harman does an Andpersand photo shoot
- Joules shares Imraan's look at the premier and explains her lack of affinity for Kamal Hassan
- Bee loved the movie
- Never Mind!! signs up for the movie and remembers Kitu
- Amrita has a good time watching and remembers one wink-nudge moment
- Pitu remembers another and suggests trying to catch Imraan's girlfriend in a song
- Looks like college drama crapmania to fobcakes who'll still watch it
- Manish remembers a movie called Holi with the whole Aamir gang in it
- anu g's kids can't wait to see the movie