Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na
Director: Abbas Tyrewala
Cast: Imran Khan, Genelia D’Souza, Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah
Storyline: Best friends Jai and Aditi don’t know they love each other. Until…
Bottomline: Fall in love with the magic of movies
Every generation cherishes a coming-of-age film they grew up watching. Two decades ago, Aamir entered the Bollywood Khan-daan with one of the most definitive films of that generation. ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak,” Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander,’ ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ and now…The new generation has ‘Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na,’ a film that will live on for years as another Khan arrives in style.
Despite its inspired origins (a structure borrowed from ‘Forget Paris,’ ‘Celeste and Estrela’ and also employed earlier in ‘Chalte Chalte’) and being derived from the Hollywood school of romantic comedies, ‘Jaane Tu..’. is one of those movies that instantly connects to the youth simply because of the world it is set in and the characters who inhabit it.
Full of ordinary people
This world where ‘Pappu can’t dance’ is about a bunch of friends who are as ordinary as they get in the real world, leading perfectly normal lives with friends who sing out of tune. A world where a boy and girl can be the best of friends and yet had somehow never really considered seeing each other. A world where it’s no big deal for people dealing with unrequited love to settle for love where it is available. A world where people are never sure of their feelings. And where compatibility is the necessity for romance.
What’s interesting about Abbas Tyrewala’s storytelling is how he makes a simple slice-of-life story turn larger than life by exploiting the age-old unwritten law of machismo buried in our films.
Tyrewala also has extremely believable support characters, whether it is the circle of friends or family… Ratna Pathak Shah has to be one of the best onscreen moms in recent times. The ensemble is an example of flawless casting. What makes us like Imran Khan instantly is that right from the start, he’s just the quiet boy next door who never tries to impress (no fancy bikes or complicated dance steps other star-sons use to launch themselves), always doing exactly what the character demands him to do.
Genelia’s Aditi is easily excitable and hence, those who hate her may still hate her and those who love her would love her more.
Right from the jazzy opening credits, A.R. Rahman seems to have a blast with a fitting genre-tribute to Harry Connick Jr’s ‘Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off’ (from the ‘When Harry Met Sally’ OST) with ‘Tu Bole’… The album is a must-buy.
Yes, it may not be a wholly original film, but it has those magical moments that make you forget everything else.