Thursday, July 17, 2008

Jaane Tu...What a joy!

There are movies and there are movies. This is true in all parts of the country where cinema is a such a big part of our lives. But with more than 900 films a year (in all languages on an average) that is produced, it is indeed extremely difficult find new subjects and give a unique film (a well made one at that). Bollywood isn't different from this either. But once in a while comes a movie that has a very regular love story(what else) but with intelligent people behind it in every aspect. Jaane Tu Ya Jaane na is one such film.

Let me start with the cast. I have not seen such a fantastic ensemble of talent in a Hindi film in a long long time. The friends of the protagonists are all refreshingly normal. Having the option of being characters that are real as opposed to props to boost the fantastic hero & heroine, they do the job really well. Then there are the parents. They are so real that they could be people from your own lives. Nasiruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah, Jayant Kriplani, Anooradha Patel (What a joy to see her again) have done a fabulous job. Nasiruddin as the father of Imran Khan in a portrait is finally back what he does the best - acting. No hamming up that is required of him in every other script that has come his way in the last 10 years at least! Ratna Pathak as Imran's mother is a delight. Her timing sense in delivering the lines is just superb. Her scenes with Nasiruddin and Paresh Rawal who plays inspector Wagmare are a feast to watch. Jayant & Anuradha play Genelia's parents. There is an ease with which these actors perform, which I think rubs off on the younger actors too. Imran couldn't have chosen a better movie to debut in. He's the regular guy, just like someone you know (yes he is too cute but he doesn't over do it). Genelia does a good job of being the cute, fun girl (she's proved it before in movies like Bommarillu). Then there is Manjari who plays Imran's love interest for most of the film. Oh I almost forgot Pratiek Babbar who plays Genelia's brother. He does justice his role of this recluse, but will look out for my sister. Then there is also a fleeting performance by Raja Kapoor and Kitu Gidwani and the Khan brothers do an excellent job of being the dimwits. What a fantastic ensemble.

Now for the intelligent part of the film - the script & dialogues are the king and queen of the film people. There is nothing that we have not already seen on the silver screen before and yet it so different. The biggest clincher is that the people are very real. There are no theatrics. There is drama but no theatrics. There are no overtly sentimental situations or characters! Yes Rotlu is supposed to sentimental but he's not overdoing it. Yes, there is madness that doesn't ever happen in real life like the airport sequence in the climax or guys on horse going to discos. But isn't that what cinema is about? Take bits of life, add some fantasy into it and put it on silver screen? And Abbas Tyrewala does a superb job of it. Considering this is just his first directorial venture, we know Hindi cinema is in good hands.

My favourite parts in the film

1) Mother & son relationship. They take turns to cook, diligently. They talk about things openly. They don't hide anything from each other (well there is one secret but that's the crux of the story :D)
2) The women in the film are real. Be it the mothers or girls they are all real, from this century.
3) The men too are real. No one's bring larger than life.
4) The relationship between Genelia and her brother. Something we have never seen in Hindi cinema.
5) The dialogues were awesome. sample this

Genelia: college ke paanch saal pata nahi kaha chale gaye
Ratna Pathak: Phone pe beta phone pe

The parents in the film reminded me of the characters from Kabhie Kabhie. Rakhi and Shashi Kapoor play the parents to the young Rishi Kapoor. They were so different from the utterly sentimental morons that we get to see all the time on silver screen. This was good.

A R Rehman's music is exquisite! It lacks the usual flambouyance of Rehman. But it is exactly this quality that works in favour of the film.

And then of course an old man with the placard "Mr Godot" waiting at the airport is just the right note to end the movie with!

If you've not watched this movie, then go NOW. I am looking for rerun of it :)


I love Lucy said...

I so enjoyed the movie too!
Your point #2 : Absolutely.Including that Pammi aunty who drives Ratna to the police station towards the end of the movie.

Your point #4 : That was the highlight of the movie.I fell off in love with that Prateik Patil fellow!

Your point #5 : Oooh yeah!
Also loved when Prateik says to his sister "tumhaara ghar,tumhaare bums...baito" !!! Cuteness!

I like :)

Pavithra Sankaran said...

I think RPS had the BEST dialogues in the film. 'Phone pe' topped them all, but the 'Hoton pe seeti, chaal me uchal, majra kya hai?' and 'Woh mere pati ka beta tha' appadiye rocked!

Also, didn't you think Naseeruddin was just having a whale of a time in that role?

And I loved Prateik Babber in the film! The character he played was so very thoughtfully put into the film, and so well etched! And his lisp! Totally endearing only!

After AGES, I was appadiye thrilled with dialogues in a Hindi movie! I think the last was DCH.

Silent Melody said...

It was a cool movie...worth every penny of inflated multiplex ticket price =D Pappu can't dance is one of the most infectious song I've heard in a long long time. Hope someone uploads the lyrics of the song for me.

Abhipraya said...

ILL: I had forgotten that dialogue yes I like too :)

Pavithra: You are right after the line "hum cake khaane ke liye kahi bhi phanuch sakte hain" this is the best we've heard :)

Silent Melody: Yes it was a paisa vasool movie! And everyone's raving about "Aditi" song but my favourite is Pappu ...

guruji said...

Your review is a lot meatier than what the movie is likely to be!

Abhipraya said...

Guruji: I am guessing you haven't seen the movie...please see it and come back let me know if you still think so. I'd like to know what you thought of it.

Kannan said...

I have not seen the film as yet. But I have a nice spoiler for you. This is something that I enjoy making whenever they go ga-ga about this film. The basic plot of the film is based on a Malayalam movie 'Niram'. The same theme, even a stout friend is the same. Niram was made in 2001, that means the mainstream Hindi film is some seven years behind a South Indian film. I've had the pleasure of seeing some stung looks. Truly I am loving it.

Abhipraya said...

Kannan: I know what you are trying to do...I love doing that too :) I know about "Niram", I have seen it. But the movie comes no where near Jaane quality. Like people say "treatment is everything" My review does not claim originality of the concept. Nor does the film, it is the rest of the aspects of the film that make it brilliant. "Niram" didn't have that.