The general misconception is that love stories are the easiest way to enter a moviegoer's heart. And when it comes to launching your kin, romance is the first genre that crosses your mind.
Veteran writer-director Shahrukh Mirza launches son Rehan as an actor with JAANA - LET'S FALL IN LOVE. But the problem here is, JAANA - LET'S FALL IN LOVE comes across as a pale mix of ANAND and KAL HO NAA HO. It doesn't have anything novel or original to say. Also, the execution of the subject is devoid of any freshness.
Perhaps, cinema such as JAANA - LET'S FALL IN LOVE may've worked in the 1970s and 1980s, but given the fast-changing scenario, when even love stories ought to have something extra to say, its tough for a predictable fare to survive.
Rehan lives with his mother [Zeenat Aman] and sister at a hill station. He desires to make it big in life and the opportunity comes in the form of Anjana, who arrives at the hill station with her father [Rajiv Varma].
Anjana, the only daughter of a wealthy businessman, desires to go sight-seeing. Behind the bubbly and fun-loving fa'ade lies a nervous and sad girl since Anjana is inflicted with a dreaded disease. Rehan woos her and also pretends to fall in love with her. Gradually, Rehan realizes that he actually loves Anjana.
But fate has something else in store for the lovers. Anjana recuperates, while Rehan falls ill.
The only two redeeming aspects of JAANA - LET'S FALL IN LOVE are new-find Rehan's performance and music. Otherwise, there's not much in the screenplay that would make you jump with joy or feel elated.
The writing leaves a lot to be desired. Just when the heroine miraculously recovers from cancer, you're told that the hero is now suffering from it. And the end, quite filmy, doesn't move you one bit. You know the outcome before the outcome is unleashed.
The Rajesh Khanna-Zeenat Aman-Rajiv Varma prem kahani is another sore point. It looks weird. If the intention was to provide some light moments, it doesn't work. In fact, Rajesh's dancing on yesteryear hits and wooing Zeenat looks ridiculous.
Shahrukh-Farhan's direction is old-fashioned. Like most Mirza Bros. films, JAANA - LET'S FALL IN LOVE has a couple of melodious tracks, like 'Dheere Dheere Hawa Chal Rahi Hai', which is the best track of the enterprise. Even Rehan's introductory track ['Ola Ola'] is foot-tapping.
Rehan has the trappings of a fine actor. He dances very well, isn't conscious of the camera and delivers his lines confidently. Yes, he's raw at places, but a couple of films should smoothen the rough edges. Anjana is a decent actor and gives no reason for complaint in this film too. Rajesh Khanna looks ill at ease and his outfits are outrageous. Just doesn't suit him at all. Zeenat fails to impress. Rajiv Varma is mechanical. Razzaq Khan tries hard to make you laugh.
On the whole, JAANA - LET'S FALL IN LOVE will not find the audiences falling in love with it. At the box-office, this one's a non-starter!