I've written much about Aamir Khan Productions' Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008), and I do fear boring some of you with more on it (so please bear with me), but I couldn't not dedicate a post to its DVD, which I finally spent a day with last weekend (been watching very few films, as it is). Besides, following a discussion on Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) with one on Jaane Tu is apt because of the Hussain Khan family's involvement, and because there's Juhi Chawla involved here too!
The two-DVD set includes the film with an optional audio track with Director Abbas Tyrewala's commentary, which is fun and includes a lot of insight on the film. There's an interesting admission by Abbas of the inception of the plot stemming from the desire to have a filmi hero lead a climax at the airport, while poking fun at the ritual by arriving on horseback!
You've seen the film, of course. I like it more now than when I wrote my little review. Here are reviews by Ajnabi, Bhargav, Darshit, Nida, Pitu Sultan, and Shweta. Filmi Girl and Veracious know they're in the minority ;) And Sita-ji reminds us, as she often does, of the more important things in life and how films inherently capture them.
The second DVD is packed with special features, beginning with two songs that did not make the final edit (I think, for the better) -- Jaane Tu Meri Kya Hai (translation) and Jaane Tu Mera Kya Hai (translation). The former was filmed with Imran Khan in a desert, which is where only Genelia D'Souza can get away with wearing this...
...and the latter, which was also the subject of this discussion initiated by Aamir, and followed by this experiment. I like this song more, if not for a cool music video, for a rather glamorous Genelia looking amazing (as always).
There's a 90-minute long documentary of sorts, which is where we get input from almost everyone from the cast and many from the crew. Abbas confesses his concerns with proving his competence to Aamir. Producer Mansoor Khan talks about the music. A. R. Rahman discusses how the immensely popular Pappu Can't Dance wasn't even part of the initial soundtrack. Aamir talks of the only time he made it to the sets. Genelia talks of turning lemon into lemonade. And hair treatment involving mineral water!
There's a lot more to Abbas Tyrewala that is a lot more fun and just plain interesting, that we learn from others, including from Naseeruddin Shah and Paresh Rawal. Abbas specifically mentions what he wrote in a comment to this post on Nazrein Milaana (it's him!). Kudos to Nirav Mehta (Jiggy) for composing and singing a hilarious Gujarati version of this song. It went like, "Dil, kyaare gandu, kyaare chhe nek bandu," and I'm sure if you understand the language, you'll find it very funny.
There's nothing funny about Genelia being off-screen who she is in the film. She really is. Awesome.
The rest of the gang is featured prominently, and let me tell you, the 'freak out steps' and especially 'Pappu Dance' are well-integrated into the vocabulary of my fellow clubbing friends ;) Aamir's on the sets of Ghajini here:
This is also where we learn some about Prateik Babbar and this weird look:
Abbas, *what* in the world are you doing, sir? :D
Production stills include some very cool ones. Sample this:
On to my favorite bit, the video from the premiere. (Here's a related video of the event, not from the DVD). Now, I realize I might be going overboard with the upcoming screenshots, but can you blame me when Juhi Chawla (haaye Allah!) is in the house?
Or when Tabu graces everyone with her presence?
Or when Sridevi is there too?
Or when Sonam Kapoor walks in?
Darsheel Safary from Taare (2007) is going to star in an Aamir Khan Productions film again, some day.
Ashutosh Gowariker, of course.
A. R. Rahman is just cool, man.
Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir in 2008, versus Amitabh and Aamir in 1988 in that Filmfare Awards video in the QSQT post.
Only Style Bhai (ONLY him) can show up in jeans...
...and still fit right in.
Pooja Bedi and Aamir go back a long way.
And you must see and hear this segment of the footage to believe how many were present at the foot of this theater in Nagpur.
And finally...there's an interview of Aamir and Imran to CNN-IBN, in which we see this picture of Imran.
That yellow sword is of none other than He-Man!!! This sword was awesome. Available only in the United Kingdom under a limited edition line, it had the sound that typically followed 'I have the power' in the He-Man ATMOTU series in the mid-1980s (yes, the one with Battle Cat!), and included blue and red flashing lights at the press of a button. Now, please don't ask me how I know (or remember). Some things are too precious to hold on to for life. For everything else, there's...oh well, I'm not about to market any brand other than AKP, so adios, and have a great start to your week, everyone! I'll go have some bhel puri while the weekend lasts ;)
Consider this UTV release a must-have if you enjoyed the film. I wish they'd included a compilation of highlights from the background score with it (as they did with TZP), because that unsung hero of the film is a masterpiece in its own right. We'll just have to make do with the soundtrack.
DVD rating: 4/5 (Excellent!)
Helps to have a fine film to put onto disc.