[If you have not yet seen Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, this post should serve as good preview material. If you've seen it already, what did you think?]
Happy fourth of July, everyone! Just returned from the cinema having seen Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. I say, go watch it as soon as you get a chance! For fear of disclosing too much, I'll table a formal movie review for a few days. However, here are some things to look out for:
1. Imran Khan and Genelia D'Souza are excellent! Never should have doubted Genelia's talent -- her acting is perfect for the film (I've hopped onto the Genelia bandwagon). Imran makes a memorable debut indeed. Expect both to be sought after, after their performances in this.
2. Their group of friends really reminds me of my groups of friends, and will likely remind you of yours too. The chemistry between the cast works in superb fashion.
3. We knew the songs were excellent. But after seeing the film and how a couple songs (including my favorite) were split across scenes, it's even better. This is coupled with an excellent background score, which I hope they release as a separate album some day.
4. The entertainment quotient is very, very high, and the dialogue very, very good. There are guest appearances by some very well known names: Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak (Naseeruddin Shah's wife -- in the film and in real life), Paresh Rawal, Arbaaz Khan and Sohail Khan, Rajat Kapoor, and others. They are all very, very good.
5. Several parts of the film remind me of some of Aamir Khan's roles and scenes. Once done with this post, I'll scramble to document them. There is even a song that reminded me of a Shammi Kapoor song (what in a red saree and all), but we knew that from the trailers.
6. I loved (LOVED) that Bombay was such a centerpiece for all the action. One of the first frames showed the Queen's Necklace (it's the most talked-about filming location on this blog, for sentimental value carried over from the years I spent living in Bombay), and it showed up at least another four times. St. Xavier's alumni, I do envy you, for your school made it yet again. And Fort, the site of my school, made it yet again too! This has to be one of the most Bombay-centric movies in recent times (from the opening credits to the climax). Excellent!
7. Remember during the last 15 minutes of the film that it is a piece of fiction, and you will not be disappointed with the end result at all.
I was fortunate to be a college sophomore when Dil Chahta Hai (2001) released, and in grad school when Rang De Basanti (2006) released. While Jaane Tu might not have Aamir Khan, it does have the flavor of two of his several most well-liked films. I reckon college students and groups of friends (I miss mine in South Florida, and shall be calling them this weekend) will look back at this film in a similar light a few years down the road. Spoke to several members of the audience during intermission and after the film, and the reaction mirrored the reaction of the audience at this link.
My rating: 4.25/5 (Excellent!)
My classification: PG-13 (for language)
Well, well, worth the wait, and a film that exceeded my expectations (and that is quite difficult to do, given how wild my peak of inflated expectations can be). It excels in never ceasing to be entertaining, and for that, deserves to be categorized as one of the best films this year (the other being Jodhaa Akbar, but comparing the two would not be fair)!
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