Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na!


It wasn't hard for me to like Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na!.

There was so much good stuff in this film. Imran. Genelia. The cameos. The music. The "young love" factor. How could I resist?

There's been a lot of great reviews on JTYJN lately; I struggled for awhile, trying to come up with something fresh and interesting to say. But what it boils down to is this: Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na isn't going to knock your socks off with its originality or depth (at least not for someone that's seen so many similar things in commercial Hollywood). It's just plain ol' puppy love fun, and its strength lies in its abilty to be so good at being so simple.



Ahh, I've said it before, but there's something about "teen love"...it just takes me back! JTYJN takes place immediately following college graduation, so the characters technically aren't teenagers at all, but it has that whole youthful vibe nonetheless. And the hero, cutie pie Imran Khan, actually reminded me of my own high school crush...sigh!



The film follows a group of friends that includes best buds Jai (Imran Khan) and Aditi (Genelia). From the beginning, its implied that the two are in love, but as the film unfolds, we discover they're "just friends". However, after being questioned by Aditi's parents, they start to date other people, and their true feelings begin to surface.



Like I said, the story's not hard to predict, nor does it get much more complicated than that. But the performances and characters were so well developed that nothing else seemed to matter. As Ajnabi said in her review, the dialouges are so good you feel like you're actually there, sitting in on the conversations. And that's what I love about "feel good" films, something JTYJN undoubtedly is--You can watch again and again just to relive the moments with the characters, to spend time in "their world". Those are the films I tend to repeat, the timeless classics I pop in whenever I want to smile.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to tell that Imran and Genelia are here to stay--and I'm all for seeing more of them! Imran has all the qualities of a chocolate filmi hero: Good looks, connections in the industry, and acting chops to boot (Okay, not all filmi heros have that last one, but Imran thankfully does). Like Ranbir Kapoor, he's a natural, though in a more understated way. As Filmigirl would say, its time for the current Bollywood "hero-uncles" to make room!



In my Bommarillu post, I said I prefered Genelia's performance here as Aditi to her character as Hasini in that film. I'm not sure about that now--I truly loved them both. But I will say this--I appreciated Genelia's ability to add a different spin in JTYJN to a character that was, in some ways, similar to Hasini. Both were of similar age, and both required the cutesy spunk that Genelia plays so well. She could have easily slipped into "Hasini-mode" several times during JTYJN--and consequently, would have put herself at risk of being typecast. While that still may happen considering Genelia does have some distinct characteristics, I admired her for playing Aditi as differently as she did. Here, she was much more quiet, less fidgety, and even a bit spoiled--quite the opposite of the lovable, content Hasini. To add to her appeal, Genelia has an exotic look that makes her beauty unique. I'm guessing this can only help secure her spot in the industry--I can't think of any of the present-day heroines that look anything like her, can you?



The supporting cast was loads of fun, including cameos galore! My favorite?Naseeruddin Shah's role as Imran's deceased father, of course! He appeared only to bicker with Imran's mother, speaking to her through the framed portrait that hung on the living room wall. What made this cameo even better was the fact that Imran's mother was played by Naseer's real-life wife, Ratna Pathak Shah!!!



Seriously, I wish I had a photograph like this one of Naseeruddin Shah that talked to me...It would make life a lot more interesting, wouldn't it?:)

But wait, it gets even better...Pratheek Babbar, the son of Smita Patil and Raj Babbar, also had a cameo as Aditi's younger brother, Amit--And he definitely inherited his mother's good looks!



Not to mention the fact that he was perfectly cast as Genelia's brother--and did a fine job in his small role. Hope to see more of him!

While I didn't recognize Aditi's parents, their screen names were "Peachy" and "Pumpkin". Now why couldn't those be my parents' names?



As I'm sure you've guessed, Aditi and Jai both find potential love interests early on in the film. Jai's girlfriend, Meghna (played by Manjari Phandis) was an angelic beauty that almost made me root for her and Jai, despite the whole Aditi factor (almost). But Aditi's boyfriend, Sushant (Ayaz Khan) was a beast...so many times in the film I just wanted to give him a good kick in the pants!



The rest of Jai's and Aditi's friends were funloving and added to the delight of the film. I especially liked Sugandha Garg as Shaleen, one of the most spunky, colorful characters I've seen a female get to play in Bollywood. Shaleen was feisty when necessary, played the guitar, and even danced provocatively with another female...Even though Sungandha had a small role, this has got to be a sign that female roles in Indian cinema are progressively getting more interesting, doesn't it?



Other cameos include Kitu Gadwani, Sohail Khan, Rajat Kapoor, and Paresh Rawal. I'm sure there were some that I didn't catch, but you get the point, right? JTYJN was such a good time!

The music was composed by A.R. Rahman, so of course that was a no brainer. I knew I was going to fall in love with the soundtrack before the film even began! With titles like "Pappu Can't Dance", the music matched the vivacity of the movie perfectly. How does Rahman do it? He can create a sweeping melody fit for an epic (like most of the songs in the Jodhaa-Akbar soundtrack), and then turn around and give us something as hip and contemporary as the music of JTYJN. This guy rocks--no wonder he had such a great year!

Producer Aamir Khan adds another gold star to his list of filmi acheivements. What amazes me most about this one is it's the exact opposite of something I would have expected him to produce--I always see Aamir as being associated with films that make a political or social comment of some sort. But the Amazing Aamir proves that he can do good, clean fun just as well(if not better) as, say, Dharma Productions can. Bravo!

And, finally, as most of you know, Imran Khan also happens to be Aamir's nephew. As if he wasn't adorable enough in Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na!, I stumbled upon this little Kodak moment online one day and couldn't wait to share it with you all...



Aww!Don't you just want to pinch those cheeks?

19 comments:

theBollywoodFan February 10, 2009 at 10:24 PM  

Really glad you enjoyed it Nida! You so need to see Qayaamat Se Qayaamat Tak (1988) if you enjoyed the love story here!

You might know this already, but Prateik Babbar's first lead role will be in Kiran Rao's (that's Aamir's wife) directorial debut -- filming, and a while away, but worth looking forward to.

Cheers!

Darshit February 11, 2009 at 12:38 AM  

Hey, some different screencaps here. Lovely.

btw, peachy and pumpkin are 'Jayant Kriplani' (also seen in Rockford, and other films) and 'Anuradha Prasad' (cant remember any movies)

The Kodak moment is so lovely. Cutesy.

Nicki February 11, 2009 at 8:18 AM  

Yah, finally get to read your thoughts. Definitely more in depth than mine. I think if you watch more of Genelia's movies, you'll love her even more.

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat February 11, 2009 at 9:42 AM  

It wasnt unique, but still a fine example of what fresh treatment can do for an old story. And Genelia and Imran are impossible not to love :D

bollyviewer February 11, 2009 at 10:22 AM  

It was such a cute feel-good movie and I loooooved Pappu cant dance. :-) "Peachy" and "Pumpkin" are Jayant Kriplani (he's a theatre/TV actor) and Anuradha Patel (Ashok Kumar's granddaughter and a film/TV actress herself, though she disappeared from the scene for years). Prateik Babbar didnt strike me as very noticeable or great, but then I wasnt aware of his parentage when I watched! Now, I can definitely see similarities to his famous Mom and look forward to seeing more of him!

ajnabi February 11, 2009 at 11:38 AM  

I love that picture--thanks for posting it Nida! BTW, the people who've complained of Genelia in JTYJN keep on saying, "she's just not as bubbly as she is as Hasini." Which I think is weird, because, um, isn't she supposed to be an actress? Who plays different types of people? LOL I agree with you that she and Imran were really great.

Nida February 11, 2009 at 12:20 PM  

Bollywood Fan--You just made my day with the Pratheik news! :) I seem to recall someone else I liked signing for that film, now I can't remember who it was, though...And I just bought QSQT!I'll be watching it really soon...kind of bumped it up the list since I really, really want to see it!

Darshit--Thank you for the info on Peachy/Pumpkin! Glad you liked the screencaps and pic at the end--I thought it was sooo adorable!

Nicki-Yep, finally! Lol--I couldn't think of anything to write about this one for the longest. I'm definitely going to have to peruse your blog and pick some more Genelia movies out!

Shweta--True! Loved both of them, can't decide which I enjoyed more! Would even like to see them together again someday...I'm off to read your Dev D review now!

Bollyviewer--I loved "Pappu" too!!In fact, it was my favorite in the entire film...And thank you for explaining who "Peachy" and "Pumpkin" were. Wow, Ashok's granddaughter, hey? I get such a kick out of how everyone in the industry is related...

Ajnabi--Exxactly...!!!I loved Hasini, too but I really appreciated the lower-key Genelia here. It made her look more mature, which was necessary for this role. I couldn't imagine Hasini engaged to Sushant...he would have walked all over her innocence and sweetness. Aditi, on the other hand, wasn't gonna take it!:)Glad you liked the pic...I really love how Aamir is showing his soft side...

Anonymous,  February 11, 2009 at 5:15 PM  

I think Genelia's very ordinary looking. I've seen quite a few South Asians that look like her. There is a present-day heroine with similar looks, but she's a television actress.

I'm glad you didn't say Jaane Tu is "refreshing" like many others are saying - the plot and style were done so many times before in all film industries, even in recent times.

Joss,  February 16, 2009 at 5:04 AM  

I loved the movie too. I thought Imran was lovely, and my younger self would have been absolutely besotted with him! I hope he manages to keep his wiry physique, and resist the pressure to build up a ridiculously over-blown six-pack, like his uncle Aamir. Of course, he's not fully-grown yet, and he will surely fill out with time. But like this he is really refreshing change from all the 'hero uncles' out there.

The only thing that disappointed me was that my favourite track from the soundtrack, which I had actually memorised almost word for word (thanks to theBollywoodfan's lyrics and translation) WASN'T IN THE FILM. Well, there were a few bars of Sukwinder Singh's version of Jaane tu mera kya hai, but none of the vocals. I had been looking forward to the picturisation of taht one, although, it I was seriously baffled how it would fit in with the mood of a romantic comedy. It is so much a 'torch song' that I suppose that is why it was dropped. I really love it though. Do you know the song I mean?

My son's knees are still giving him trouble, he can't do full days at school, and now school are threatening to remove him! That is why I have been away from the blog comments. I've still been reading you though. I could do with some light relief. I think I'll slip JTYJN in the dvd player tonight. Thanks for reminding me!

Daddy's Girl February 17, 2009 at 4:14 AM  

I just saw this movie the other day and I really enjoyed it. My favourite thing about it was all the young, fresh, new faces, who I thought all gave really good performances. I totally agree with you about Sungandha, loved her, wish she'd gotten more screen time. Pratheek Babbar did a great job, I thought. And it was really well written and thoughtfully executed. While I can't say that I liked Aditi, I think Genelia did a very good job with her character. I really enjoyed JTYJN, and this review just makes me want to watch it again.

Anonymous,  February 26, 2009 at 3:35 AM  

well last year people talked abt two grown up teen lovestories one is jane tu and the other one isjab we met. well at the time of release people did not have any expectations from these two movies. but word of mouthe really did good things for the movie.

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Nida March 3, 2009 at 9:28 AM  

Anonymous-I'm not too familiar with Indian television or South Indian actresses, unfortunately so that could be why! I'm hoping to subscribe to Zee tv when I graduate, though;)

Joss-Aww, I hope your son is feeling better! Does he watch Bwood films with you? That'd be a good timepass for those days where he's stuck indoors, na? Glad to hear from you, but of course I will continue to pray for his recovery! I know what song you're referring to, btw--I heard it on itunes and thought to myself, Wow, that's pretty but I don't remember it from the film! Lol --And Imran...mmmm!;)

Daddy's Girl- I agree completely! I think most of JTYJN's appeal laid in the fresh talent and faces! If it would have been, say, Rani, Saif, Kareena, and Preity, we would have said, ok, we've seen this stuff before!

Anonymous--I love surprise hits, too!

Best of Hindi--Thanks for the compliment!

Nida March 3, 2009 at 9:28 AM  

Anonymous-I'm not too familiar with Indian television or South Indian actresses, unfortunately so that could be why! I'm hoping to subscribe to Zee tv when I graduate, though;)

Joss-Aww, I hope your son is feeling better! Does he watch Bwood films with you? That'd be a good timepass for those days where he's stuck indoors, na? Glad to hear from you, but of course I will continue to pray for his recovery! I know what song you're referring to, btw--I heard it on itunes and thought to myself, Wow, that's pretty but I don't remember it from the film! Lol --And Imran...mmmm!;)

Daddy's Girl- I agree completely! I think most of JTYJN's appeal laid in the fresh talent and faces! If it would have been, say, Rani, Saif, Kareena, and Preity, we would have said, ok, we've seen this stuff before!

Anonymous--I love surprise hits, too!

Best of Hindi--Thanks for the compliment!

Sujoy April 15, 2009 at 8:30 AM  

To continue Darshit's comment, Pumpkin- is Anuradha Patel, was seen in yesteryear's movies like Utsav and Ijaazat...

deepak,  January 25, 2010 at 12:32 AM  

very very nice actor genelia best of luck

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