Thursday, July 17, 2008

Jaane Tu - Please Don't Torture Yourself...

Its been over two weeks since Jaane Tu.. Ya Jaane Na was released.

The furor over this film, the fact that it was supposed to be "refreshingly nice and cute" and that it had a feel of what I call the Neo Indian Cinema phase made me want to see it really bad. I had been pestering Mr. Pilot to catch it with me since the day it came out. Yesterday, finally we managed to see the film.

And I cannot begin to describe my disappointment. Trust me folks, its a rubbish film. Coming from someone who actually adores films, loves a new feel to movies, and likes masala, action, comedy and every other genre. This film is a messed up venture.

A messed up effort because the story is good, but the execution of the story (not the movie) sucks. The main characters are real, substantial, and amazingly well done, the side ones? were forgotten in the deal. The dialogue delivery is awesome, but the dialogues itself are archaic.
The shots are beautiful but they make you think that a lot was cut out from the film. The twists are stupid and unnecessary. Isn't high time people understood that you do NOT need horses, Maharajas, typical Gujju friend who slips in and out of his accent, ghosts and flashbacks in a movie to make it good? If you wanted to take digs at older films, you should have made the Indian version of Scary Movies.

So there's Aditi and Jay. Both have unbelievably possible nick names - Meow and Rats. Go figure. I think the director and the screen play writer spent so much time carving their characters out that every one else is just an excuse to the movie. Both are the typical college kids, confused about what they actually feel, and looking outside for what they actually have right within them. They share an awesome rapport with their families, with each other families and with their friends.

And then there are a volley of side characters. Jay's mom- Savitri Aunty, thoroughly unbelievable; Aditi's super-cool parents, who suddenly become presumptuous; Aditi's brother, who could star in a sequel about his confusion and loneliness; their friends each defined by one character trait. And Jay's girlfriend, and Aditi's fiancé, also defined by one character trait. Jay's girlfriend lives in an imaginary world, and Aditi's fiancé lives in a macho, maar-dhaad world.

Did I leave someone out? Oh yes, Jay's dead father who lives through his portrait and his long lost Maharaja brothers who ride horses to city clubs and aspire to be jailed wearing leather vests and stetsons. Sigh.

Have I said enough? No? Ok how about the final scene where Jay, who has never done any horse riding, except in his dreams, starts galloping across Asiatic Library, Link Road at Malad and then to the International Airport to stop Aditi from leaving the country. But since she has already completed immigration and is sitting right next to her departure gate, he whizzes past the airport authorities, ducks machine guns trained at him, kabaddis around at least 10 security guards, goes through the baggage x-ray portal, up and down a few stairwells and reaches Aditi and starts screaming Meow, Meow. And then adds his trademark love song to it. And wins her.

The songs have a new age feel to it true, but they really are not exceptional. I love Kahi toh, but that's because I love such sappy songs with beautiful lyrics. I like Kabhi Kabhi Aditi, but I wouldn't listen to it after 3 or 4 months. And Papu can't dance sala seems quite stupid after hearing it twice. But I guess everyone has a different taste in songs, different genres for different peoples.

All in all, please please please don't see this film in a movie theatre. In fact, avoid seeing it even. If you really want, catch a few glimpses of it on youtube, and you will know the best parts of the movie. Else, avoid such mind numbing nonsense.

Sorry everyone, who claimed that this movie is spectacular, runaway hit, refreshingly nice like sunshine, peppy, cute or even fun. Really it isn't When will someone start writing truthful reviews and not mislead the poor aam janta like us man...


Aarti said...

You would be a the perfect candidate for the position of a movie critic. You know why? Because your critique has zero substance! So the characters were good, the story was good, the execution was good and yet you complain. If this had been a movie with no editing, dhinchak himesh songs, no humor, extra screen time for side actors, overly dramatic, absolutely no creativity, a different storyline... you would have still complained. Looks like whining is embedded in your thought process.

You love to think that you are this profound, inspired person who is proud to have an opinion different from everyone else.. even if its for the heck of it. Truth be told, you have no creativity or imagination to appreciate a simple, straight, fun love story.

~The Dream Catcher~ said...

Aarti - LOL.. ROFL!! Did your girlfriend act in the film or something? LOL.. I cannot believe how personally you are taking someone's opinion.. and then you actually comment on the opinion act all scathing.. hehehe.. girl get a life!!

Also, I see that you have selective attention, you have picked up on only one side of my opinion, and missed out the opposing points. Nice.. and then you say my humble opinion or "critique" has no substance. Are you laughing with me now?

You like the film? good. I'm not calling you a sob for that am I now? ;) You like ghoda rides, teen sharte, true blue royal blood, racing across the airport to propose to someone and call that intelligence, then hats off to you woman. I wonder how you look into your eyes in the mirror!!

Only thing that can explain this outburst of yours would be if you were the oh-so-high-writer of this film or if it was actually your love story. Which one is it? :O

Aarti said...

If you weren't so busy pretending to be all witty with your personal remarks.. you would realize that I am a movie watcher who, like most people, hates self-proclaimed critics like you. Besides fatty, its you who's taking someone's opinion personally. What presumptious little idiot you are to be looking for all the reasons in the world as to why I hated your review.. while completely ignoring the true reason i.e. it was COMPLETE bullshit!

Speaking of mirrors, are you able to fit your plus size body in one mirror..or do you need one as big as a wall?

Satish Mantha said...

again, expectation on a bollywood movie. what else can you get! we feel that for any damn movie these days. cast, story, direction, music - nothing matters. we just don't feel good once we're outta the theatre. :-(

~The Dream Catcher~ said...

"Aarti" - My blog is a place to express intelligence. I am not interested in having a catfight with you here. If you have anything intelligent to say, you are more than welcome here, else, try and talk to me face to face k? You know where to find me.

Pinks - Not all! See Socha Na tha, Mithya, Taare Zameen Par. Can't remember more off the top of my head. These are movies that give me faith in the Neo Indian Cinema phase

Satish Mantha said...

saw tzp. loved it. of course there are those rare movies that will get our hopes up. will see the rest too, if and when i get chances.

Anonymous said...

hahaha, way to go aarti. Finally someone said what I feel about this fool. She is a stupid, pseudo intellectual bitch, who thinks she knows a lot; but in fact is full of shit.

''nonnymous said...

@aarti &Anonymous: You both speak the language of bitter, jealous people, who are themselves so empty inside that the only way they can feel useful is by trying to belittle someone.
Why dont you try being useful by writing something of your own rather than passing useless judgements on others

Anonymous said...

haha. love you "nonnymous. You know me so well it melts my heart.

you're as stupid as the bitch who writes this blog.

Monsoon said...

It's sad and worrisome that people without culture land at even the best of cultured places.

And then, they come and go wearing masks of anonymity, because they're well aware of their own lack of culture. BUT... BUT... BUT... and this is what makes one pity them... that they don't WANT to be perceived that way... Hence the mask!

I think a research on The Anonymous-Blogger's Complex would reveal some of the darkest things about human mind... Wonder whether our Anonymous friends here would be willing to offer their services for the research... Under conditions of anonymity, of course!

Anonymous said...


you're so full of crap. its brilliant !!! You should be a researcher in Culture Studies with your wonderful theories. My god ! I am in awe of you.

"It's sad and worrisome that people without culture land at even the best of cultured places"

NOw thats a statement you don't hear everyday. Fucking brilliant!

fucking stupid you are, just like this bitch.

have a good day monsoon.

Lots of love,

Monsoon said...

Ha ha ha!

Thanks! To you too, Anonymous!

lots of love with lots more pity,

~The Dream Catcher~ said...

I have been asked by more than a few people to delete comments put up by vindictive strangers, anonymous trolls who do not have the guts to talk out in the open with their identity, or to at least moderate the comments on this blog.

The only reason I have not is because I believe in the freedom of expression and that if I am writing a blog I am opening myself to every kind of dirt out there.. But I also strongly believe in self-restrain. Which means that every intelligent person worth his salt will know how much to say where.
There are people who can say everything they want to say by using words that beautifully describe their anxiety, frustration, and pity. They do not need to drop down to the level of using filthy words caused more so due to a lack of vocabulary powers. It only makes sense to appeal to people to use such powers here, on this blog, and show some intelligence in self-restrain. I know you have things to say, but if you do not have the gall to acknowledge yourself in what you say, then forget insulting my blog and its readers, you are even insulting yourself.

P.S - Please stay away from abusing my readers and other people associated to this blog. If you have a problem with me, at least stick by that and keep it to me.