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A Couple of Love Stories

Posted by RB Kollannur on September 11, 2008


It is not uncommon for me to go for two movies in a day, but it is generally in the same theatre (Sathyam, where I have a movie card). But thanks to an instinct purchase while waiting too long at the bus stop and a “helpful” roomie who booked a ticket a day early, I ended up going to two theatres at different parts of the city. Both movies centered around the romance of its lead cast, but that’s where the similarity ends, although I must say both were extremely hilarious. “Love Story 2050” has to be the least creative title a love story can have and that sums up my opinion of the movie. “Tashan” has become a pleasant memory after this. Jaane Tu delivered what it promised – the clichéd putdowns and sarcasms that have become the manna of the hit sitcoms on TV.

Is it true that Hrithik Roshan entered a Hrithik Roshan look alike contest and lost to Harman Baweja.? Okay, I made that up (though it did happen to Charlie Chaplin) and unlikely seeing his performance, but Baweja tried to mimic Roshan throughout the movie. His dance moves were okay, but his acting was way off. But since it was his first movie, I’d prefer to cut him some slack. It is not easy to decide what was the worst part of the movie, since it had lots of it. I have absolutely no idea why they needed a villain who was Darth Vader, David Rice (Jumper), the bishop from Professor McGonagall’s chess table and the Indian favorite, Mogambo, all rolled into one. During a fight scene between Baweja’s character and the villain, I was half expecting the villain to remove his mask and say “I am your father”. If all they needed was to feature Baweja in a fight, then they could have stuck to the “Pardes Kabaddi match” format, ridiculous but short. There were also two kids who had absolutely no role in the movie. They should have been written out of the script, before the first draft was made.

In the end, the most disappointing thing was the script. Harry Baweja seems to have spent some moolah on his son’s debut, but I wish he spent some on rewriting the script. Other than writing out the unwanted villain and the kids, there were many parts that could have been written out. I actually thought the initial part set in Sydney was decent, but then they stretched it by adding another town and another half an hour. Baweja’s character could have been blasted to the future soon after that, with a bit of rewriting the script. As a hardcore sci-fi fan, I am somewhat pleased to see some effort being made in Bollywood in that front, though the sets were highly reminiscent of Star Wars (or maybe Spaceballs) and I Robot. On the whole, the movie reminded a play Joey Tribbiani acts in one of the “Friends” episodes. Joey finishes off a romantic scene and says he cannot see the girl anymore because …. he’s an alien from outer space. Seemed okay at the start, then fell into complete ridiculousness.

Two hours and two buses to the outskirts of Chennai, Jaane Tu reinstalled the faith I have in the talent of Bollywood. The story is mostly a flashback about college life. One thing about a college flick is that everyone will fall back on their college days when seeing it, even if you have nothing in common with the characters in the movie. This is one of the things that augurs well for any movie – how the audience can relate to the movie. Ten minutes into the movie I was already reminiscing my college days, though there were hardly anything I could relate to. (I would classify myself as a social loner). Jaane Tu falls in that genre; though the movie is mostly devoid of college life (The second flash back happens after the last day of college). It focuses more on the story of six friends who chill out together – the parties, the tours and the leisurely life that made college fun. The movie revolves around the relation between the lead cast – Imran Khan and Genelia. Imran Khan does a good job on his debut, unlike Baweja, and curiously reminds me a lot of Bob Saget in “Full House” for his portrayal of an ultra nice guy who shuns violence. Genelia comes up with an excellent performance in her second foray to Bollywood. She has one of the most beautiful smile I have ever seen, though she should seriously consider changing her name (Sounds more like a pornstar). The other four stars also pull in a good performance to blend well with the pair. Naseeruddin Shah, Paresh Rawal, Arbaz Khan and Sohail Khan play nice cameos which accentuates nicely with the comedy factor. The story is clichéd, but it is more the skill of the dialogue writers to keep the audience entertained with a foray of on and off humor. The humor blends well with the progression of the story. There is a bit of foreshadowing as well, especially when one of the story teller keeps jumping the gun and keeps the audience guessing. On the whole, it provides good entertainment for the viewers, a cute movie about college life (after college).

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