4 Very Good

Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na

THERE are movies which are filled with action-scenes, peppy numbers, top-notch effects, yet fail to make your heart skip a beat. That's the case in LOVE STORY 2050. And then, there are movies which have nothing special to offer, but manage to impress you with their simplicity. It's the same with JAANE TU YA JAANE NA...

The movie JAANE TU sports many new faces, right from the director to the cast members. Every face is new and fresh, and maybe it's this freshness that makes JAANE TU work. To sum it up, JAANE TU is one of the best films to come up in Bollywood in 2008. Inspite being a moderate-budget movie, everything in the movie speaks high class. The cinematography is exquisite, music filled with young and peppy numbers that add a new dimension to the film. The dialogues are fantastic, some will make you laugh uncontrollably. The presentation of the movie is to an extent, picture perfect.

The casting, as said earlier, is the best of all. Imran as Jai, Genelia as Aditi, Manjari Phadnis as Meghna, Ratna Pathak Shah as Jai's mom, Paresh Rawal as the corrupt cop, Naseeruddin Shah in a cameo (as the talking portrait) and the rest of the crew excel in their respective roles and take the movie to a whole new level. Imran Khan is a fine actor and has the capability to move further. Genelia is the best of the lot. She is the show-stealer. Her expressions are so charming, so spontaneous, that your heart instantly goes out for her. It's not an overstatement, but in my opinion, Genelia has it all what it takes to be a superstar.

Till now, everything in the movie is working in its favour. Sadly, JAANE TU fails on one ground, and fails big time. Yes, i am talking about the script of the movie. The story, though immediately recognisable, is not something new for a movie that garners freshness. Moreover, the story moves at an inconsistent pace. Sometimes, it is too slow while sometimes, it keeps you glued to the screen.

This is the biggest flaw of an otherwise flawless film. The movie, being 2 1/2 hours long becomes a tad lengthy at times. But, thank god, it's never boring. The climax of the film is its sore point too. It's too filmy for an otherwise realistic film. Yet, the climax deserves brownie points as it has been shot well and right. Also, there's a scene at the start when everyone is sad at Aditi's cats' death. Its these kinds of amateurish scenes that fail to make you render the film flawless.