Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na: Your thoughts?

It's finally here! Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na has released! Those of you who saw it...what did you think? Liked it? Loved it? Didn't like it? What's the verdict? [My initial thoughts are captured in this post.]

For those of you who are going to see it very soon, here are some posts you might find interesting:

  1. Official Jaane Tu website and Producer's notes
  2. 10 Ka Dum promo featuring Aamir Khan and Imran Khan
  3. My music review with song lyrics, translations, and trailers
  4. The music launch at Shammi Kapoor's home
  5. Much more, including all trailers at jaanetu.com

Here is an interesting interview with Genelia D'Souza, in which she appears rather sensible and honest:

Thank you Buzz18 for the video

Here is part of the latest cover of CineBlitz, courtesy this link. Aamir and Imran were also present at Rajiv Masand's show at the CNN-IBN studios. Here is a preview. Watch the episode at these links: Part 1 | Part 2.

The Premiere
Check out this wonderful picture gallery of the premiere of the film. It's great to see so many actors present, including Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Kabir Bedi, Tabu, Dia Mirza, Jiah Khan, Sridevi, Sonam Kapoor, Pooja Bedi, and many, many more. Here is an excellent video from the premiere (watch out for spoilers toward the end).

Of course, this -- from the picture gallery noted above -- is a good thing (I like Mr. Bachchan's tie):

Here is what Mr. Bachchan said on the film, as noted in this post at his blog:

‘Jaane tu…’ is a wonderful sweet film; refreshing and filled with talent that is young and relaxed. There simply is no effort that can be noticed on any actor in trying to project that they are acting. Everyone so confident and cool; if I may borrow the colloquial.

The narration of the script is novel and different. The writing is ‘now’ and the atmosphere young and generation next. Imran and Genelia are delightful. For Imran it certainly does not look like the first film and Genelia has the most expressive eyes and face. Such a strange coincidence. She came in front of the ca mera in her early years for the first time in an advertisement she did along with me. It was the Parker Pen add., one of the earliest ones.

And finally
Promised to release this earlier, hence this note: The quality of visitors to a blog matters way more than the quantity, but I've had a little over 40 thousand visits since the Jaane Tu soundtrack released on May 22, the overwhelming majority of who were interested in the film and its songs. There seems to be some curiosity for the film out there! And if the music getting that many visitors to my little piece of real estate on the internet is anything to go by, the film should do quite well.

A big thank you to those who have taken time to write, adding so much to the discussions!

It's finally here. Quite confident it was worth the wait...

Addendum 7/15/2008:
Reader Prochy has put together this excellent montage of Imran Khan, and was kind enough to share it. This also contains pictures featuring several members of the the Jaane Tu team, and is made even better because of a fabulous song! Play this video:

Addendum 7/19/2008:
And there's even one with the lovely Genelia D'Souza!

Thank you Prochy!


bollywoodfoodclub said...

Very nice interview with Genelia. She's intelligent, cute, and well spoken. It's interesting for me to hear her real voice, as I think her part in Bommarillu was dubbed. Hopefully I'll make it to the film this weekend.

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Sita-ji: She is well spoken. I'm curious to see how her voice impacts her role in the film. From the trailers, it seems like she has done a good very job!

Hope you get a chance to see it soon!

bollyviewer said...

Am still waiting for the review... Have to know whether its worth spending almost 6 hrs of my time (takes pretty long to get to the theatre which happens to be on the other side of town) on it or not. So, make it soon! :-)

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Bollyviewer: Apologies for not having a review for you. I have my tickets to the first show tomorrow. Let's just say I got stuck at work today because of time spent away at this earlier in the week :)

Queen Dido has seen it, and per her comment on this post, this should be fun to watch.

I completely understand about your time constraints and geographical challenges. It was similar when I was in Miami, with the closest theater about 60 miles from home. For Taare Zameen Par, I was prepared to drive to Orlando! :o)

Will be updating this post moving forward.


Anonymous said...

Hi, I just got back from the movies, and JTYJN is AMAZING! Love it, and I will go back again tomorrow!

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Anonymous: Thank you for stopping by and for sharing your thoughts on the film. I cannot wait to check it out in a few hours!

ajnabi said...

Ack! I can't wait to read your review--but I do have to wait to see it till the film comes out on DVD. :-(

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Ajnabi: Don't tell me they aren't screening at at a theater near you! Noooo...just added my initial thoughts. It's all it was billed to be, and a whole lot more!


Queen Dido said...

Wow. Genelia is quite well spoken. I'm impressed with the way she affected her voice in the film. Cool stuff.....

Thoughts: For their first film, the cast performed very well. They seemed very comfortable with each other, as if they were friends in real life.

The place where the gang hangs out reminds me of where the gang in Rang De Basanti hung out. Anyone else? Maybe it's just me.

I liked the balance of vulnerability and brute strength in Jai's character. A Rathore with compassion, if you will. I find it interesting that Aditi changed herself (straightened hair, dresses, make-up) when she was going out with Sushant. In my idealistic world, you don't have to change yourself for the person you love, yet another reason why Jai was perfect for her.

Of the group (excluding Imraan and Genelia who was superb), I thought the girl with the red streaks in her hair was very good. She stood out to me.

I didn't think they would split up the songs. I think it worked in some parts and not in others.

This movie just reminded me so much of my relationship with one of my best friends. I loved it from start to finish, even when I had to suspend my disbelief during the last 15-20 minutes.

Shazia said...

Hey i saw the movie today. Have been waiting for it's release for weeks! :)

was simply great! The characters Imran(Rats) n Aditi(Meow) simply rock! I nearly cried cos the movie really moved me ^^ well it's worth it!


from Mauritius.

theBollywoodFan said...

Queen Dido: With you on Genelia's projection of voice in the film. I was somewhat concerned about this from the trailers (especially the bit where she says, 'don't call him Rats'), but her delivery worked to the film's advantage.

You're right about that hangout place -- by the sea -- in JTYJN reminding one of the lake that was such an important piece of Rang De Basanti. You might also recall Dil Chahta Hai had an important scene by the sea (not the ones at the beaches) as well.

Great points about Jai's character. It was well done. You might already know this, but writer Abbas Tyrewala had said that this was an autobiographical journey of sorts for him, as he's modeled most of Jai after his own self.

That character Shaleen was fantastic. I thought all of them did really well. I liked Rotlu. I have a friend exactly like him :) And Aditi reminds me too much of one of my cousins, who doesn't spare anyone of a friendly verbal assault (including her brothers!).

Hi Shazia (all the way from Mauritius!): Thank you for stopping by! It is a movie that is very easy to relate to, and way in which some conventional elements have been juxtaposed for an unconventional result is amazing. I'm with you on it being well worth it!

prochy said...

Hi, I just happened to wander across your blog while hunting for information on Imran Khan. I think he is one of the best things to have happened to Bollywood - the perfect combination of looks, talent and intelligence. (I read somewhere that he is a voracious reader). This guy rocks and I'm sure he is going to go places like his uncle. Frankly, I'm not a Bollywood fan, but this movie really impressed with me - it was so effortless. Prochy (Mumbai).

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Prochy: Thank you for stopping by, and for your comment. I like how Imran Khan has been presenting himself through the media -- he does come across as sincere, well spoken, and genuinely interested in conversations, which is nice, and surely a mark of intelligence.

Do agree that the movie looked so real. Hardly anything seemed forced, and that was one category in which the movie definitely exceeded expectations.


sujith s said...

Hi guys
I am not an enthusiast for feel good and and-they-lived-happily-ever-after kind of movies. But this flick has totally changed my perception about story telling. I was wondering how abbas would have narrated such a simple story to aamir khan. Now i am more interested to listen to his narration. It would have been amazing, looking into the fact that aamir gave the green signal after that. Hats off to the team of JTYJN for giving us hope in Hindi films (which i thought is becoming blunt)....


theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Sujith: Thank you for your comment. Glad you liked Jaane Tu. Your sentiments on redundancy in Bollywood are *exactly* why I am a huge fan of Aamir Khan. There's consistency in the quality of his (and every actors) only products that matter -- their movies -- and I sincerely hope Imran follows those footsteps!

Thank you for stopping by.


prochy said...

Hi Bollywood Fan,
Ever since I saw JTYJN, I have become quite a fan of Imran Khan's, to the extent that I took the effort of collecting quite a few of his pics from the net and making a montage of them. I have posted them on Youtube, link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VipAwulXSXI. If you like the video, you are welcome to put it on your blog, which by the way, I think is an excellent one. Keep up the good work.

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Prochy! Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. Thank you also for that fantastic video!

I've added it to the post, and will be referring to it in my next post. Really appreciate you sharing this with us.


prochy said...

Hi Bollywood Fan,
I am thrilled to bits that you liked my video and have posted it on your blog. Thank you so much for appreciating it. I take it as a great compliment that you thought it good enough to put on your blog. I am not exactly techno-savvy, but I manage to get by, with a little help from my brother, sons and students. (Incidentally I am a French teacher and all my students, who are diehard Imran fans, like me, are really happy with the video). Thanks once again.

theBollywoodFan said...

No, thank *you* for sharing it :)

It is great to see your fondness of Imran and the movie. We're hoping for big things from him! And I'm certain you and yours are too! Here's to an excellent career.

I'd love to see him opposite Genelia D'Souza again. They were very good together.

prochy said...

Hi BF (boley toh Bollywood Fan), You are absolutely right. They do look really great together and I can't think of any young actress who has Genelia's freshness, innocence and charm. She has the most expressive eyes and smile and they make a perfect onscreen couple. Though if Mamu Aamir has his way, Imran is supposed to be doing only one film a year.

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Prochy: I'm with you on Genelia being one of the best actresses among her 'incoming class', if I may call it that.

Imran in one film per year ko thodaa time hai :) I'm hoping Aamir surprises us with two films in '09, like in '01 and '06. He really tests our patience...but his films make the wait worth it, that I admit, of course.


prochy said...

Hi BF, I'm back again like a bad penny. Was just reading Aamir's blog in which he is asking readers to give their opinion whether the song 'Jaane tu Mera Kya Hai' which was earlier deleted from the film should be put back in. Afater hearing the track (as well as readin the beautiful translation you have given of it), I am firmly of the opinion that it should be put back in. I have said so in so many words on Aamir's blog, as follows, though I doubt he will read it.
"Hi Aamir, If u are seriously asking for public opinion, I
definitely feel the song (female version) should be put back in.
It is a beautiful song and gave me goosebumps the first time I
heard it (which to me is a definite indication that it is a
lovely song). The lyrics are also beautiful and actually sum up
the essence of the movie, showing Aditi's confusion about what
she is feeling and the fact that it is finally dawning on her
that this indeed is love. I cannot imagine why you would want to
drop it from the movie in the first place. This of course is my
personal opinion. Take it or leave it."
So what do you think?

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Prochy: Thank you for your comment and question. Understand your viewpoint, and the version of the song by Runa Rizvi is absolutely fantastic, so it is easily justified.

Having said that, my recommendation to Aamir (he reads them all, believe it!) was to include the song as a special feature on the DVD, and to leave the film as we saw it.

It is a tough choice, given the quality of the song. But I liked how the special feature/song turned out in the Lagaan DVD, and that's where I was coming from.

Regardless, what a customer-centric (to use a marketing term) approach?! I think it's great that he's asking us the question.


prochy said...

Hi BF, So the verdict is out. Aamir is putting the song 'Jaane tu mera kya hai' back in the movie, but only for a week, so the master strategist that he is, he is pleasing both sections of his fans - those who want the song in the movie and those who dont'. The man is simply amazing. Anyway, I've put up a video of the song for all Genelia fans (like you) on youtube, link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leBNOvj_pVs. As usual you are welcome to put it on your blog if you want to. And thanks for always replying so promptly to all the comments on your blog. I really appreciate it. Enjoy.

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Prochy: Thank you for the update. Sadly it's not being shown outside of India :'(

The DVD should have it in some form or another, which is what I'll wait for.

Thanks for that Genelia video! I'll look forward to checking it out tonight, and I'm sure I'll be sharing it too!

As always, thank you for your comments!


prochy said...

Hi BF, Many thanks for putting up my video on Genelia on your blog. To be very frank, I didn't realize you had put it up since I didn't see any comment from you on Youtube, so I thought you hadn't got around to seeing it as yet. Went last night and saw the movie again, with this song incorporated. I personally think it fits in perfectly and has also been picturised beautifully on Genelia and I hope Aamir doesn't remove it after a week, as threatened by him. Btw, your song 'Jaane woh kaise log the' from Pyaasa brought back memories of another beautiful song from 'Kaagaz ke Phool' - 'Waqt nay kiya kya haseen sitam' - one of my all-time favorites. Hope you will put it on your blog one of these days. Well, I've rambled on enough for one day. Until next time, Regards, Prochy.

theBollywoodFan said...

Thank you for your comment Prochy. Always a pleasure. We're so missing not having those prints in theaters outside of India. But glad to know you liked it. And it'll surely make its way to the DVD it seems.


Anonymous said...

Hey guys! Seriously if u see the movie n in the scene where they r all in jiggy's birthday party n when sushant kisses aditi n jai get quite alarmed,IMRAN LOOKS LIKE CUTE PUPPY IN DISTRESS!!SERIOUSLY WHICH CAN'T FALL IN LUV WITH THE MOST CUTEST DEBUTANT IN THE HISTORY OF BOLLYWOOD....IMRAN KHAN!WHEN I WATCHIN' DA MOVIE IN SOME INTIMATE SCENES I JUST WISHED I WAS DA GIRL WITH HIM!!

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Anonymous: Thank you for your comment. I might not be a fair judge of Imran Khan's cuteness (since I am a guy, lol), but he did rather well in his first film. And I feel the same way about Genelia D'Souza -- she really was/is very very cute. And Shaaleen too!

Thanks for stopping by.

Anonymous said...

this movie is really awesome imran looks very cute at last in the airport when he calls out to meow. i really love all the characters in the movie hats off to amir for beautiful production.keep doing movies like this amir you rock

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Anonymous: Thank you for your comments. And yes, we do hope Aamir keeps giving us movies like this!


Navneeth Nambiar said...

Finally, I was able to see the movie a few days ago. Willing to suspend disbelief when it comes to Hindi movies, I was relieved when I didn't have to do that too much.

A really pleasant surprise, this movie, with its story and characterization, which hasn't been overdone. My favourite character was Shaleen; sensible, mature and possessing remarkable foresight, having the ability to see what others miss. However, I didn't think much of the characters played by Paresh Rawal, Arbaaz Khan & Sohail Khan.

The songs were very good; I find it hard to pick one from 'Kabhi Kabhi Aditi Zindagi' & 'Kahin Toh Hogi Ho' (why is it so named, even though the song's lyrics are "Kahin toh, kahin toh, hogi woh..."?). The background music complemented the mood of the film perfectly; I especially loved the music in the scene where Jai first sees Meghna.

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Navneeth: Thank you for your comment. Glad you were able to enjoy the film!

Agree about Shaleen ('meri qaleen', as they said, ROTFL). Paresh, Arbaaz and Sohail did what they could with the cameos, and that's where we were to stop looking for sensibilities I guess.

It *is* difficult to pick one song! 'Kahin Toh Hogi' is how it's named, I don't know how the 'Woh' became 'Ho', I've seen it online like that in many many jukeboxes.

And finally, I couldn't agree more about the background score -- I hope they realize enough of us liked it, and release the score with the DVD (like they did with the Taare Zameen Par DVD).


Anonymous said...

Genelia n Imraan rock in JTYJN!

Real Talent and Da Songs R Amazing..!

Love Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na....Fantastic Movie!

theBollywoodFan said...

Anonymous: Agree about the songs, and the talent is there my friend! Hope they continue to entertain us for years to come! Thank you for stopping by.

Navneeth Nambiar said...

I have to say I like your blog and, most importantly, the regular interaction you have with the readers. Keep it going!

By the way, what does 'qaleen' mean?

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Navneeth: Thank you for your kind words! 'Qaleen' means carpet :) It was just funny the way it was used in the film -- Jiggy needed a word that rhymed, and all he remembered was 'qaleen' =)

Thanks for stopping by.

eMa said...

Hi.. I finally watch JTYJN. Absolutely LOVED IT!!! Genelia & Imran, looked so good together & The whole gang seemed so comfortable, as if they've known each other all their lives.. I was really irritated with Meghna's "What's this?" game & was happy when Jai finally had it when she asked abt the scooter.. Hahaha.. I love all the songs from this movie, esp Kahin To Hogi but was disappointed that they had not included "Jaane Tu Mera Kya Hai" At which part of the movie was this song supposed to be? Anyways, hope the DVD will be out soon. Cant wait!! :D

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi eMa: Very glad you got to see the film, and glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts. With you on 'what's this?'. :)

As for Jaane Tu Mera Kya Hai...they included the song in theaters in India after the first week or two, but I have no clue about where/when it appeared.

Ditto to the DVD!!! Cheers!