Does anyone think that familiar storyline was not deliberate? In the first five minutes of the film, didn't we hear Maala reiterate EVERYTHING that's been said (and more) about the plot being conventional? It's a film reflecting on itself within itself, and I am surprised at the number of people using this against the film, many (especially bloggers in India, geez, there's some hatred for Aamir and Imran out there) suggesting that it intended to fool the audience but failed. They're missing the point! But that's okay. It can be a rather comfortable state to be in, as I learned after gladly missing the point of No Smoking (2007).
And Naseeruddin Shah's gig in Jaane Tu seems to remind most of Harry Potter. It was borrowed, yes. But...
...Potter released in 1997. Before that, in 1995, a deceased woman talking to her spouse from a portrait had won India over in a TV show titled Hum Paanch. This show was also where most of us first saw Vidya Balan! From this link:
Hum Paanch was the story of a father, Anand Mathur, who always found himself in trouble because of his five daughters...Anand's first wife, who was dead, used to speak to him through her photo in the living room while his second wife, Bina, generally supported her daughters' ideas.
Anyone else remember Hum Paanch? I miss Sweety :'(
Have a great start to the weekend!