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Last Updated 16.02.2019 | 3:04 PM IST



Subhash K Jha on Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai

They don’t make ’em like they used to. Those wholesome take-home-to-Mama type of chicks .And they don’t make such innocent yeh-kahan-aa-gaye-hum rom-coms either. So naturally, or not so naturally, writer-turned-director Milap Zaveri gets his heroine, the toothy, endearing wholesome and fetching Jacqueline Fernandez to fly down to earth from Venus, one-way, business-class.

Women, we were always told, were from Venus. Now we’ve proof of that.

Many of this pleasant film’s most likeable moments send out inoffensive echoes of Hollywood comedies about ladies from another world, like Splash and My Girlfriend Is An Alien. The final brew is aromatic in scent and minty in taste. The effect lasts fleetingly, though.

The situations that crop up, once the alien beauty lands, range from the predictable to strained. No one in this film is in it for posterity. It’s a film done with a wink and a chuckle that communicate itself to the audience effectively.

Everyone in Zaveri’s film is looking for love. Riteish Deskhmukh, more so than others. Apparently love has been eluding his character since infancy. Baba’s searching.

There’s a touch of Ram Gopal Varma’s Rangeela in the way the vagaries and eccentricities of the film industry are brought into play. Strangely Milap’s writing skills, so much on display in many of the most successful comedies in recent times, is missing in the scenes set within the Bollywood film industry.

Sure. We get a good dekko at well-known stars. But they aren’t woven into the script as they were in other films about the film industry like Guddi and Rangeela.

The scenes where Riteish courts the delectable ingenue from outer space lack subtlety but get marks for grace. Riteish Deshmukh, a competent performer in any given circumstance, is engaging in the comic moments, but a little awkward doing the full-on roses-and-moonlight stuff. Matinee idol making girls faint, Deshmukh ain’t.

Ruslaan Mumtaz, as his adversary in love, is a pleasant surprise. Over the handful of films that this young actor has done he shows a definite growth as an actor. He plays the ‘superstar’ as a stereotype but with a dash of the human quality. Could we see more of Ruslaan in forthcoming films, please?

Jacqueline’s is more a presence than a performance. She is that mermaid with wings who flies at an altitude where the desi rom-com is comfortably positioned as a family affair. Absence of vulgarity and double-meanings is not always a virtue in cinema. In Jaane Kaahan Se Aayi hai, it is the papier-mache pristine quality that props up the pleasant proceeds.

Don’t expect to be swept off your feet. This one is meant to tickle your fancy. And it doesn’t fall short.

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