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Jab We Met October 27, 2007

Posted by Shujath in Hindi, Movies, Reviews.
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Imtiaz Ali’s highly underrated debut feature Socha Na Tha brought a certain freshness to chiche-ridden Bollywood romances….with Jab We Met he has mastered the genre completely.

The plot is the typical tried and tested romcom formula. The basic premise (more specifically the part until the protagonists meet) seems to have been a bit inspired from Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown (another underrated romcom). Aditya (Shahid Kapoor/Kapur – no idea about the correct spelling after he split with Kareena) is a failed businessman who on being dumped by his girlfriend ends up in a train with the intention of jumping out of it and ending his life. On the same train is the motormouth Geet (Kareena Kapoor) who ends up sitting next to him trying to strike a conversation. In this process she ends up missing her train multiple times at various stations and he is now given the responsibility of transporting her safely to her destination. Actually, she is on her way to meet her parents for one last time before she secretly packs off to get married to her boyfriend Anshuman (Tarun Arora). How Aditya and Geet’s journey finally gets them together forms the rest of the story.

As in Imtiaz’s previous film the thing which stands out is the brilliant characterization of the protagonists and the dialogue. Kareena’s lines are absolutely hillarious (some of which you might have seen in the promos). The scenes between Shahid and Kareena will have you in splits throughout. The emotional moments are expertly handled too. Though the purpose here is to thoroughly entertain this is not a dumb comedy. The interactions between the lead pair do make you think at times. The screenplay is so good that even the regular “highly irritating Bollywood Punjabi household” charms you.

Pritam’s score is situational and suits the mood of the film. I especially likes the song “Yeh Ishq Haae” for its interesting musical arrangement. Shahid and Kareena deliver their career-best performances. Kareena’s reputation as an actress has been marred by the kind of roles she’s done in the past but this performance of hers shows why she is one of the best actresses we have. Despite not having the best lines, Shahid holds his own with his nuanced performance and never once do you feel that he is overshadowed by Kareena. It is ironical that their pairing which has finally clicked with this film comes immediately after their break-up.

Jab We Met is one of those few flicks in which everything seems to have worked perfectly; you wouldn’t want to find any flaws because it does so well a job of regaling you….whether you are a serious moviegoer or someone just looking out for some timepass. Go watch it!