Vashu Bhagnani's JEENA SIRF MERRE LIYE, directed by Talat Jani, brings together the successful pair of MUJHE KUCCH KEHNA HAI. Obviously, the expectations are enormous?
JEENA SIRF MERRE LIYE is about Puja (Kareena Kapoor) and Karan (Tusshar), who are childhood friends. However, they get separated after the girl's father (Vijayendra Ghatge), a tycoon, goes back to the city.
Time passes and the two cross paths, totally oblivious of each other's true identity.
But when they do get together, something prevents them from expressing their emotions. Will their timeless love survive the test of time?
Inspired by the yesteryear hit ANMOL GHADI, JEENA SIRF MERRE LIYE relies too heavily on an age-old theme. Though the basic idea is interesting, the execution lacks the grip to keep you enthralled.
The film starts off pretty well, but as the drama unfolds the grip starts loosening up. The fault lies in the way the writers and director have presented the story.
* One, the narrative is laced with too many songs.
* Two, too many sub-plots have been added to make the story lively, like the one-sided love affair of the veejay or Kader Khan's philanthropic ways ? having a soft corner for orphans ? which the wife (Himani Shivpuri) mistakes to be an affair. Even the Alok Nath track was not required.
* Three, the pace drops, picks up momentum, drops again and gathers momentum once again in the climax.
From the script point of view, the story ends soon after the interval, when Kareena finds out about her lover. Thereafter, the drama is stretched without any valid reason, making it a tedious exercise.
The writers have also relied too heavily on clich?to move the story forward. Predictability is what bogs the film down to a major extent. However, the saving grace is the climax, which keeps the viewer on the edge.
If the script is below the mark, the direction is limited as well. Barring the climax, which is deftly executed, the narrative does not boast of a single scene that the viewer carries home once the show has ended.
Nadeem-Shravan's music is alright, although the impact is diluted thanks to too many songs in the film. Of the lot, the title track is the best ? situation-wise and execution-wise. Cinematography is wonderful. Dialogues are well penned at places.
Kareena Kapoor does a fair job. She seems to be stuck up in a certain mould, which was evident in K3G and MUJHSE DOSTI KAROGE. She needs to be natural.
Tusshar is strictly average. He goes overboard in a few scenes. Amongst character artists, Kader Khan is the best. Himani Shivpuri is getting typecast. Vijayendra Ghatge is alright.
On the whole, JEENA SIRF MERRE LIYE brings the successful combination together, but it lacks a cohesive script and more importantly, the grip to sustain the viewer's interest. Thanks to the Diwali holidays, the curiosity to watch the successful combination will translate into favourable collections, but the sustaining power is missing.