Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007)
Name: Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (Dance, Baby, Dance)
Director: Shaad Ali
Did I watch this recently? No
Rikki Thukral (Abhishek Bachchan) born in Bhatinda, living in London; and Alvira Khan (Preity Zinta) more British then indian meet in a crowded cafe while they wait for their respective fiancés to arrive at the station. The train is soon delayed and these two unlikely pairs have two hours to kill. To kill time, they end up telling each other their “how I met my fiancé” stories. Rikki met his fiancé Anaida (Lara Dutta) at The Ritz (Paris), Alvira, a princess by nature discovers her prince at Madame Tussaud’s. Steve the Prince (Bobby Deol), a lawyer by profession saves her life and steals her heart! Soon after their stories end, Rikki and Alvira’s story has just begun!
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom is an all out entertainer with little room for a story or sense. But i’m totally shocked that IMDB gave it 4/10! Were we watching the same movie! I think the biggest problem is people don’t ‘get’ the comedy. You look at the trend of Indian hits this year – mostly physical Akshay Kumar staring comedies. Heyy Babyy a big hit, is literally full of fart, poo and pee jokes. So when a smart comedy (that parodies Bollywood style cinema) isn’t a success, i tend to blame the fact people don’t ‘get’ the comedy.
It took me a while myself to enjoy the movie. I got to intermission feeling utterly let down and disappointed! It’s not that the movie was bad, but this is Shaad Ali film! The director who brought us Bunty Aur Babli! Its got Abhishek in it! How could the movie not have that certain magic i was after.
The story is a bit odd and moved slowly. 1st half of the movie is pretty much Abhishek (Ricki) and Preity (Alvira) telling a disjointed tale of how they met their respective finaces. Abhishek had funny mannerisms and i enjoyed Preity’s nonscreaming mad character…but i just felt let down, it felt forced/corny and my friend who was also looking forward to this film felt the same way i did. I also think you have to understand its a total parody on Bollywood, in a more subtle way then Om Shanti Om was.
But then something changes in the second half and it managed to make the oddities of the first half justified. The second half was total fun, everything seemed to jell together after that. By the end i felt vindicated for having faith in Yash Raj and *gasp* i actually liked Bobby Deol. He is quite hilarious in his mumma’s boy role and doesn’t play half dead which is my biggest criticism of him earlier. Lara was a good addition too in my opinion, i felt she deserve to be in those leagues and i hope that in the future she gets put in more worthy movies for her. She can be annoying in the 1st half, but i think you may love her in the 2nd half. Lara & Preity’s fight in the second half are one of the highlights of the film for me.
Music is of course one of the highlights of the film. These songs had chart busters written all over them. But then again the music is mostly the song ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’ played in 4 different ways in the movie! Either way i loved the music before hand so it just multiplied my love seeing it on screen. I felt Amitabh at times was sluggish in choreography and the Jhoom Barabar Jhoom songs at the end dragged on but i still loved them.
The same way Om Shanti Om had filmi references, there are quite a few cute filmi and indian references if you can catch them…especially Abhishek’s phone that answers to *ey handsome* from Kajra Re.
For anyone who thinks this is a family entertainer, you are quite wrong. I wouldn’t bring small kids to it. It has sexual references, swear words and other things considered inappropriate for a bollywood family entertainer. But for anyone like me trying to learn hindi, it is a good film for learning those swear words you normally wouldn’t hear in the movies!
If your looking for deep storylines, lots of deep emotion this film isn’t for you. Actually to think of it there isn’t much of a storyline, just lots of disjointed entertainment moments sown together with one thin lingering storyline. But i find the premise interesting enough, and easy to sit through after an while. Its an easy movie to watch again and i feel if you had fun watching Dhoom 2 or those movies that make little sense but are fun to watch then I think you will like this film.
Overall Score: 4/5 Hairy Anil Kapoors – You may think i’m crazy for rating it this high, but i enjoyed it and its got definiete re-watch potential so its going to get a higher score then usual. Don’t put your expectations too high and just sit back and have fun.