Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na: Official website and producer's notes

Like how this piece begins (fans of Shammi take note):

Shammi Kapoor hasn't lost his zeal for life. This was quite evident when the cast and crew of Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na visited his home for the music launch of the film...

Enjoying this Saturday morning. Have a few boxes remaining to unpack, so I'll get to them while listening once more to a few new music albums, and hope to share a music review or two over the weekend. Promise to discuss Love Story 2050, which releases on July 4 as well, in addition to the film that is the subject of this post.

The official website of Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na is finally up at http://www.jaanetu.com; the bits of the storyline and characters that are revealed leads one to believe it will be maha-interesting (i.e. very interesting) and well worth looking forward to. The website is beautifully done -- a music player is present at every page (here is my music review), and its theme is consistent with the music disc artwork (not something to take for granted, believe it or not). Downloads include trailers for the iPod and iPhone, last seen on the Taare Zameen Par website.

For now, here are a few notes by producer Aamir Khan on Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na from this link:

"Taking over as director of TZP changed my life in many ways. One of the immediate ramifications was that I was no longer available to Jaane Tu... as a producer. Jaane Tu... is important to me for more reasons than one. The obvious reason is lmran, but the more delicate one is that this would be the first film from Aamir Khan Productions which I would not be acting in. As a production house we intend to produce many films which won't have me in the cast, and theses films are as important to me as the ones I act in. I believe my involvement as producer is as important to me as my involvement as an actor. Basically I am extremely particular about anything which has my name on it. Which is why when I took over as director of TZP, I had no choice but to indefinitely delay Jaane Tu... unless I found someone to take over from me, someone whose creative instincts I trusted as much as my own. For paranoid freaks like me that's not an easy one.

In fact there is only one person I trust more than myself in the business of filmmaking and that is Mansoor. But how does one get him to take over? The good old reliable method of course...emotional blackmail!

Mansoor who is taking an indefinite break from films, and who I have been trying in vain to lure back into making films is not an easy nut to crack. But I have been known to be persuasive. Bloodhound is how I am described by my near and dear ones, once I smell blood I don't let go, no matter how impossible the chase.

Well, Mansoor was kind enough to say yes. "Only the shooting stage," he grumbled. "Yes, yes," I said, "I'll handle the rest."

Mansoor was a godsend for us. And I pray that having spent these months with us afflicted people the germs would have gotten into him once again. Cinema is a very contagious disease, so please remember to thank me, folks, when he makes his comeback film. In the meantime my thanks to Abbas and his young team of actors and technicians for giving Aamir Khan Productions a film that I have absolutely no hesitation in putting my name to."

And here is a video of Aamir at the music launch in which he discusses some of this. The video can be thought of as one following the video shared in this post devoted to the music launch.


Anonymous said...

I’ve taken some time to explore the JTYJN website and I have to admit it‘s not bad. Enjoyed reading the bits about the colorful characters. But to tell you the truth, the story seems well… uninspiring.

First the part about telling a love story at the airport is similar to the love stories exchanged at the train station in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.

Two people with opposite personalities being perfect for each other, but not knowing it… sounds a lot like Jab We Met, Main Hoon Na, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, and again Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. Even the college setting and the curious but supportive group of friends seems unoriginal.

But like you, I have great faith in Aamir Khan’s judgment. He would never have given his stamp of approval and backing to just any ordinary product with any ordinary script. That is why I’m predicting a film with some unexpected surprises and plot twists. With great music, a unique take on a classic tale (I hope), and a fresh cast giving sincere performances, this film can’t fail.

Also, I didn’t see it at first, but my mom noticed that Imran Khan looks a lot like Jugal Hansraj of Masoom/Mohabbatein fame. Let’s hope that Imran’s (if he is as talented as his uncle) acting career fares beter than that of his look-a-like.

theBollywoodFan said...

Thank you for your comment, Salek. Agree with you on the story. There was a little-talked-about film in 2005 titled Kuch Meetha Ho Jaaye that was set at an airport. There must be some unexpected twists in the film. Truly, Aamir Khan's judgment must guide this (or so we hope). We'll see.

Your mom has a good point! Un ko hamara salaam. I remember how sensational everyone thought the song 'Ghar Se Nikalte Hi' was, but hardly anyone saw the film.

Imran has benefit of being the nephew of one of the biggest ever stars of Bollywood. Certainly the most influential of this decade, as far as inspiring through cinema is concerned.

It's refreshing to see a new actor trying to make it on something more substantial than a muscular physique. I'm really hoping he can carry the torch. But I'll try to be realistic and check out his acting next month first :)

Anonymous said...

hello..well i have read about previous comment..hmm kind of true..
music def rocks..
its same old story line...wat i didnt like is...this JAi in the moviee goes around with ths gal for quite sometime and suddenly breaks up saying he loves that meow..
weird....im freinds turning into lovers is common..but MR Khan think about all those pple who wud start doubting their respective lovers being freinds with other guys or gal.....
movie has only worked bcox its mr khan production house ..and pple mind set about him.
i dint like the movieee...JAi didnt acted well but the actress was good enough.

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Anonymous: Thank you for your comment. I see your point about having doubts and such, and even somewhat agree. But surely, the film didn't do anything near what a film like Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna did a couple of years ago. Now THAT is a movie I would never recommend to couples in love, especially newlyweds :)

I thought Jai did well given his role. And I'm still surprised about how many people have a very negative mindset about Aamir Khan. Having said that, the film definitely got a good start because of Aamir's label, but not sure the consistency in attendance after the first week was because of him.

Since you didn't like the film, would love to hear how you would change it, given that the tag line for it is 'so when do you know it's love'?

Again, thank you for your comment.


Anonymous said...

Hi every one !!! I have read the above comments. According to me it was not so bad . The ending was quite unique, the songs were TERRIFIC !!! I liked all the songs infact I liked the whole MOVIE !!!

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Anonymous: Thank you for your comment. I agree with your thoughts on the film (thoughts in this post), and that seems to be the consensus among others who have written as well (in this post, for example). Thanks for stopping by!