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Jhoom Barabar Jhoom June 28, 2007

Posted by Sai in Hindi, Movies, Reviews.

A hatke musical romantic comedy inspired by The Usual Suspects with a bit of Woody Allen’s style thrown in. A neat idea since nothing in the film is actually lifted from anywhere (not that I know of) but the film doesn’t have enough charm and wit to impress the audiences or the critics (and it definitely needed a generous helping of these two characteristics).

It would be difficult to summarize the plot without giving anything away but here is a brief outline. Rikki Thukral and Alvira Khan meet at a railway station in London. Rikki strikes up a conversation with Alvira who thinks he is coming on to her. So, she tells him she is engaged. So am I says he. And then they start discussing their respective fiances, past life and also dream up a possible present if they had met under different circumstances. This goes on for the better part of the film with colorful flashbacks. Through these conversations they grow fond of each other. What happens next? Do they fall in love? What happens to their respective fiances if this is the case? What secrets do these two and their fiances hold?

The blame for this film not working can be largely placed on writer Habib Faisal (who last penned consummate crap in the last offering from Yash Raj Films, Ta Ra Rum Pum) who fills the film with a lot of emptiness. I can understand a film about nothing but a film with almost nothing doesn’t work. Director Shaad Ali (who is credited for the story) disappoints this time after two likable films, Saathiya and Bunty Aur Babli. One would have hoped for better judgment from him but his decision to go along with this script is a poor one. Nevertheless, the packaging (looks, costumes, sets, cinematography) is quite good as usual. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy come up with a score that doesn’t quite match up to their previous outing with Shaad, Bunty Aur Babli. The title track and Bol Na Halke Halke are the best of the lot. The foot tapping title song and some energetic choreography helps to an extent.

Abhishek Bachchan is good as Rikki Thukral but isn’t at his best. Preity Zinta is her usual self as Alvira Khan and that is getting monotonous. Bobby Deol tries his best as Steve Singh while Lara Dutta does well as Anaida. Amitabh Bachchan is almost a ghost in the film and he serves the purpose (I did like the use of his character but conventional audiences seem to be hating it).

This film is neither very funny nor really romantic though it entertains intermittently. On the whole, this is not worth it but the attempt to do something different deserves praise.



1. Gosay - January 14, 2008

i liked this ,movie, and i havent watched the usual suspects yet, but eager to watch it soon.

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