Jaane Tu … Ya Jaane Na – Movie Review
In this romantic comedy – Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na (whether you know it or not), it was refreshing to see collegians behave like collegians. The same feeling I got when I saw Taare Zameen Par where it was refreshing to see a child act like a child. And this is what Poonam has mentioned in her review too – that “College kids finally look like college kids.”
The director, Abbas Tyrewala, has portrayed the characters in this film like normal college kids without a care in the world, with only love on their minds and only a vague idea of what the future held for them. I couldn’t help remembering Rang de Basanti where the collegians are shown to be vengeful and resort to murder and violence. All in a good cause, but it’s rare in real life.
In Jaane Tu, the youngsters laugh at each other’s jokes, chatter incessantly and generally chill out. It’s all so natural that one forgets that one is watching a movie. One could be simply a bystander, watching these people have a great time from the next table.
The movie brought back some memories from my own college days. We too had our group and we used to generally hang out. And yeah, we’ve taken a ride in a truck too…only it wasn’t when our car broke down, but when our bus broke down!
The movie is funny almost throughout. Everyone has their comic parts, and the situations are funny too. Worth mentioning are two stalwarts who play comic roles – Naseeruddin Shah and Paresh Rawal. Shah plays a dead character stuck in a portrait who manages to make us laugh with his repartee with his wife. Paresh Rawal plays the typical comic Bollywood cop, and as usual his acting is superb. Two other characters Bhaloo and Baghera (Arbaaz and Sohail Khan) also have their comic place and make us laugh whenever they appear on the screen.
What the movie is about
The movie is about love. We realise this right at the start because the movie opens with scenes of couples and families along with the titles and the music. The movie is about love between friends. Love between married people. Love between lovers. I didn’t know that the movie would be a comedy as well, and was pleasantly surprised.
The film revolves around the relationship between Jai, called Rats by friends (played by Imran Khan) and Aditi, called Meow by friends (played by Genelia Dsouza). These two are best friends who don’t know they are in love. Circumstances light the fire…and well, that is what the movie is about.
The title is an apt one. Who doesn’t know about the importance of that one song between a couple? All those who have ever been in love know the significance of that one song. A song that becomes associated with the romance, a song that brings forth a rush of memories. Jaane Tu…ya jaane na is the song of the couple in the film. And the song has a haunting ring to it.
I enjoyed the music (A R Rahman ) a lot, particularly the song Pappu can’t dance. You can read the music review of the film here.
The acting and characterisation
Everyone looks their part, starting from the hero, Imran Khan. He plays a nice guy who doesn’t like to take panga with anyone and he fits that role perfectly. When it comes to characterisation, I guess the character that Imran plays (Jai or Rats) is believable, down to the nightmares he has about his dead father. Aditi was less believable as a character. Well, I guess a certain amount of exaggeration is required in any movie, but I think the director went a wee bit overboard in showing her wild side. Also I think Genelia comes across as an amateur in some scenes but well, it is her debut. Overall she was okay and so is Imran. Both have shown that they have screen presence and that is a great start to their careers.
Ratna Pathak, who plays Jai’s mother does an excellent job. She plays the cool mother who is not so cool when it comes to her work. And it was wonderful to see a mentally balanced mother for a change. A mother who doesn’t get into a fit when she realises that her son likes a girl. The same with Aditi’s parents. They don’t become hysterical because their daughter hangs around with a guy, that too a poor one!
The character of Meghna, a girl who Jai is attracted to, is seems sketchily drawn. Even by end of the movie one can’t quite figure out what she is really like, or what it is about her that Jai likes.
There isn’t a strong story-line or suspense. The movie is about relationships. What I didn’t quite like about the story was the way the characters start thinking about marriage the minute they realise they are in love. I wonder if the director was playing to the gallery here. I guess there are parents who want to see their daughters married off at 20 and that is the audience the directors was trying to reach out to! Marriage at 20! Yucks! I don’t think there was any need for this because the audience for this film is the young college-going crowd.
But you don’t have to be 18 or 20 to enjoy this movie. You can be any age, as long as you haven’t become an old fogey. If you have a sense of humour you’ll enjoy the movie although the editing is pretty loose in places.
Overall, the film is original, charming, and a delight to watch. And I am not the only one who thought that. I saw this movie on a Tuesday night and even then just barely managed to get tickets. The cinema hall was packed and full of young people enjoying every minute of the movie. They laughed at all the jokes and were absolutely engrossed in every scene.
(Photograph is from Sify)
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