The Movie Review – Jaane Tu Ya Jaane NaJuly 7, 2008
Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na is the directorial debut of writer Abbas Tyrewala of Maqbool, Main Hoon Naa and Munnabhai MBBS fame. And true to his work, Abbas provides the perfect narrative for the story. The movie’s story is not woven around a new subject, but the storytelling approach used by the director makes it completely different than what you had ever seen. The movie revolves around two friends- Jai Singh Rathod (Imran Khan) and Aditi (Genelia D’Souza), and their warm friendship despite their completely contrasting nature. During the five years of their college, they were the closest friends and everyone from their friends to their parents believed that theirs was a match made in heaven. However, they don’t agree to this, and after their college is over, they decide to look for the perfect spouses for each other. In the event of looking for one another’s prospective love interests, they realize that they love each other.
Though we have heard the same story so many times over and over again, but it is the director’s approach that would appeal to the audience. The movie starts with a bunch of college pass outs that have arrived at the airport to receive their friends. Since the flight is late, they start relating the story about Jai and Aditi to their disinterested friend Maya. Although the screenplay keeps zipping from the flashback to the present, it is able to hold the audience’s interest completely. In the end, after the story is completed, we see Jai and Aditi coming back from their honeymoon and Maya hugging them as if she has known them for years!
With the right punch in the narrative said at the right time and backed by excellent performances, one is sure to be gripped to their seats till the very last minute. The rom com has some superb music scores by AR Rahman and lyrics written by Abbas himself. Every character in the movie has portrayed their roles to perfection.
Imran’s boy-next-door looks and Genelia’s wildcat attitude adds a gust of freshness to the movie. Apart from that, there are some superb supporting performances by Naseeruddin Shah who plays Jai’s dead father in a portrait, Ratna Pathak Shah playing Jai’s mother, Paresh Rawal playing the ungentlemanly policemen, Arbaaz and Sohail Khan who play cowboys and Jai’s cousins. Even the performances by the couple’s group of friends are perfectly pieced.
All in all, the movie is surely worth watching, with a completely fresh narrative and some well placed characters. Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na has been really liked by the audiences, and is going to reign at the Box Office for the next few weeks!