Aamir Productions Pvt. Ltd, has done it again. If you thought the man was only capable of producing films that were truly larger than life, then think again; as the team behind the recent mega-success of Taare Zameen Par is back with a fresh young flick that deals with the ordinary in extraordinary ways...
JAANE TU...YA JAANE NA is a pretty little film not because it tries extra hard to break new grounds, rather it merely lays a fresh hand upon the treatment of an age-old story of friendship and romance. The end result: Aamir Productions Pvt. Ltd. has proven itself to be amongst the most versatile production houses in the business today, all the while maintaining the highest of quality and respect for the art of film.
The plot centers around a college friendship between Aditi, aka "Meow," (Genelia D'souza) and Jai, aka "Rats," (Imraan Khan). The two are the best of friends and get along superbly well. And while their friends felt they were soul-mates from day one, the two denied any such feelings towards one another. So they decide to look for suitable partners for one another since nobody knows them better than them.
This is where the story begins to follow the lines of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and various other plots, where while Jai easily finds a girl of his fancy, Aditi begins to struggle with the reality that there's now another girl in Jai's life, Meghna (Manjari Phadnis). Soon Jai is caught in the same web of emotions when Aditi finally finds a boy of her liking. The rest of the film deals with how the two cope with their estranged situations...
Tyrewala has always been an expert when it comes to character and character development. Through his two muses, Aditi and Jai, he once again puts forth a convincing and suave performance as writer/director. Even the smallest of characters (i.e. Gujju bhai Sushant) pack a welcomed punch into the film. And despite being a film belonging to the young at heart, it is treated in a very mature and realistic manner. At times I couldn't help but draw parallels between Farhan Akhtar's Dil Chahta Hai (of course the latter is a much finer project).
Imraan Khan is the real deal. The man is a complete package. And when you put him against the other major debutant that released this week (Harman Baweja, Love Story 2050) he's the clear-cut winner...hands down! As the cool and laid-back Jai, Khan's physicality translates extremely well on screen. But if there was one aspect that requires some strong improvements, it is his performances in overtly emotional sequences. I just don't feel the passion...yet. All in all, it looks like Mr. Aamir Khan has found himself a worthy successor. Job well done!
Genelia D'souza, as Aditi, is the perfect balance to Khan's tamed portrayal. The chemistry is obvious and their connection is strong. She easily transforms into the romantically confused Aditi, all the while portraying her role with confidence and character. This is clearly the big break she was looking for, and she's taken full advantage.
JAANE TU...YA JAANE NA is a cute little breezy flick that nonchalantly captures your heart. A must-watch for all the youngsters at heart!
Aakash Gandhi is Managing Editor and Senior Writer for Planetbollywood.com. He also freelances for the Asian Variety Show at avstv.com.