Monday, October 29, 2007

Fun and Romance all d way ….. Jab They Met!!!!

The Promos were enough to suggest that “Jab We Met” is a one kind of Khichdi of many movies. But we’ve seen in past that skillful treatment of hackneyed storyline churns out a winner and if treated miserably, it turns out a big dud at the box-office as all the situations and so-called twists and turns were more-or-less predictable. This Imtiaz Ali’s flick falls in which category, to know this lets start our Journey from Mumbai to Bhatinda…

The Voyage on and off the Track: The story kicks off with a Train-Journey starting from Mumbai and ends up at Bhatinda via a roller-coaster ride with lotzz of fun. The interactions between a complete babbler, Kareena and a poised-looking laconic guy played by Shahid were really funny. The way their relationship shapes up from complete strangers to special-bonded friends looks real on-screen. Through-out the movie you will see the glimpses of many other movies. But the credit must go to Imtiaz Ali for re-creating the magic with the sequences and situations seen umpteen times on-screen. The pace of ‘Jab We Met’ Express slackens a bit in early part of the second half but it catches up and compensates for the lost time and reaches to the destination well on time with a smile on the faces of all the passengers, read- Audiences. Imtiaz Ali proves that Chopras and Johars don’t have the copyrights-reserved for sugary-romance and can be showcased in a splendid manner without the shooting in foreign locales and Designer suits.

Pritam on the Roll: The most under-rated Music Director of recent times is Pritam. It seems he believes in the mantra of “Work will Talk” as you hardly see him in the limelight yet he keeps on delivering the blockbusters one after another. He has shown in his previous compositions that he uses the Sufi singing with panache and in this flick he has shown that he has Punjabi folk too in his repertoire. Nagada Nagada and Mauja hi Mauja gives the testimony of the same. While former was sung by the arguably the best singer of our times- Sonu Niggam, the latter is crooned by Mika who sings in his peculiar nasal style which makes the lyrics hard to understand, but its such a peppy track that its topping the charts for some time now. Aao milo Chalo and Yeh Ishq Hai has been plunged deep in sweetness by the melodious voice of Shaan and Shreya respectively. Aaoge Jab tum by Ustad Rashid Khan and Tum se hi by Mohit Chauhan (lead vocalist of ‘Silk Route’ fame) makes their presence felt. Both of the songs are good and can be enjoyed in your i-Pod but one feels, in the movie it almost stagnates the pace of the events.

Finally they MET: I’m not talking about the rumors surrounding them in real life but the reel life chemistry which is quite evident for the first time on the silver screen. They looked stunning together and their body-language was confident. Shahid Kapur has done a commendable job of shouldering the movie as a solo hero. Not only he looked sweetie-cutie in the movie but also played the role of a frustrated and irritated industrialist with élan. He has done justice to the emotional scenes as well and he’s just mind-blowing at any kinda dance, and that’s no secret. Pawan Malhotra, Kiran Juneja and Tarun Arora does their titsy-bitsy roles with ease. Ageing Dara Singh has a one-liner that he reprised through-out the movie and each time it’s a total knock-out punch. Kareena Kapoor leads the pack by-far. She is just fantabulous as a loquacious chatter-box and as a self-proclaimed shrewd Punjabi girl. It would be an understatement if I call whole first half totally dedicated to this Kapoor-gal. In second half, she portrayed emotional and comparatively serious facets of her character with finesse. Surely, this movie will add one more feather to her, already garnished, cap.

Harjeet’s Verdict: If you are in love OR ever had a love-life OR waiting for love to blossom OR got betrayed in love OR don’t believe in love, then Go watch “Jab we Met”.
Or else……yesss, you know that….Stay in Peace!!!!

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