This is exactly what happened to me when I went to see this much appreciated and talked about movie… 'Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Naa'.
Come'on the movie has to be good. Your friends liked it! Its every where – on the critic's good books, on your fav blogs, and even on your friend's Gtalk status messages!
What's wrong with me? Why didn't I like it? Neither am I a serious movie critic, nor do I regularly come up with 'the-other-side-of-the-story' kind of views. I am not even a 50 year old aunty averse to college kids romancing (or am I?).
But I can't help concluding that this 1 is certainly an over rated movie. I'll tell you why, and bare with me 'coz every1 is entitled to his/her opinion.
~ For one, the movie is all about parties, parties and more parties. Each scene is either a disc party or at the most a picnic. The farewell party, followed by 'the hero meets the other gal in a party'; followed by 'the heroine and the other guy chill out in a party'; followed by 'the hero, heroine, other boy, other gal meet in a party'. And the parents cutely asking each time "Beta, how was the party?"
Can you digest this? I mean are just-out-of-college kids only partying all the time?
~ Ok, I am not averse to the old bollywood theme – "best friends eventually fall in love". But please there could be and there should be better ways to tell this. If an alien watches this movie, he'll certainly feel that that college kids are the most unproductive species on earth. They lavishly consume everything – from alcohol, to awesome 5 star food to fancy clothes and stuff. But they do nothing. They seem to be just wild, irresponsible, party animals!!!
Some people on imbd even called this movie the "Dil Chata hain" of 2008! What!!?
Ok even DCH was about young, rich, confused people. But the movie did justice to all the characters. Even the funny characters like Saif got a chance to showcase their story and they were not present in the movie just to get their legs pulled. But the Bombs, Rotlu and Jiggy in this 1 were just either standing behind the main leads or cracking a silly odd joke.
And there was some meaning and substance in the story of DCH. The characters weren't just partying all the time; they were also shown doing some sort of productive non-party stuff (like real people in real life do). In fact, the movie Lakshya (yeah, that Hrithik starrer) was more meaningful that this 1.
Maybe, I just hate movies that potray people in their early 20's as useless and confused. Ok, young people do fall in love (a lot actually!). But there's more to their life than just being confused about which guy/ gal to chose and which 1 to dump.
~ Finally, a word on Genelia. I agree that she is goodlooking (in a flashy way). But she goes overboard in her silly, desperate attempts to look extra cute. Doesn't she constantly remind of Jab we met's Kareena? And for those who find her bubbly, please watch Dil Se (For Ms. Zinta) or 50 first dates (For Ms. Barrymore) to see how soberly a heroine can look vivacious, cute, funny and lovable without over doing it!
Ok, the movie was not totally trash. There were some good things too. Like the disclaimer in the beginning: "All characters in this movie are fictitious. Resemablance to any person, living or dead is totally impossible". Hehe.
But yes, on a more serious note, some stuff was actually good. Like some comic tit bits were nice. They did make you smile. Prateik Babbar (the heroine's brother) was the show stealer. Even Imraan Khan was nice. Gentle and fresh, so to say. The seasoned actors – Nasserudin Shah, Kitu Gidwani, Ratna P Shah – all of them played their parts to perfection (as always).
But yet I really cant give this movie a 4 star rating. Its definitely not in that A++ league (yeah, the league of Dil Chahta Hain or Jaane bhi do yaaron) as some people say. What say?