I don’t remember watching any Shahid Kapoor film completely. I couldn’t see “Fool N Final”, I almost watched “Dil Maange More” because it was similar to Dev Anand’s “Teen Deviyan”, a movie I love very much and seen only once. I haven’t seen his debut “Ishq Visq” and I don’t remember any other movie of his. I always find him over-heroish, the kind who like the 80-90s college flicks where the Hero is naughty but a kind hearted soul and who always come first-class-first in class and also does good in the annual dance competition and uses a cycle-kick to score the winning goal in the last moment of the football match. I told you, very heroish. A typical Superman without the chaddi outside his pants.
The only Kareena Kapoor movie I have seen completely was “Omkara” and that was more for Vishal Bharadwaj then any other actor in it. Of course Saif Ali Khan was the star attraction. I have also seen “Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gum” but that had no scope for her but her Poo was over the edge but ok kind.
“Jab We Met” (JWM) is a love story which is fantasy in the sense of boy meets girl but realistic in the way it is handled. JVM is the story of Aditya and Geet.
Aditya played by Shahid Kapoor is an industrialist who has been dumped by his girlfriend is depressed. After attending her wedding reception he takes off just like that and sits on a train to Delhi. In fact for the first 10-15 minutes, Shahid does not speak a word. This is a far cry from his other movies which introduces him doing stunts or mouthing some insane dialog. In the train, he meets Geet played by Kareena kapoor, a chatterbox who just could not stop talking. Because of Shahid they miss the train and then they are forced or rather Kareena forces him to drop him till Batinda, her home town.
Slowly Aditya comes out of the depression and meets Geet family. Geet is in love with a man in Manali and runs away from her home. Again Shahid helps her reach Manali. He leaves her there and comes back to run his company with a positive attitude inherited from Geet. But things are not all well with Geet. Geet’s family track Aditya down and demand that they return Geet to her home. Aditya travels back to Manali to find a depressed Geet. Its not difficult to guess the movie after that with all turning out well in the end but the whole journey is quite interesting. After all its the journey that counts.
JWM is a light-hearted comedy but then it does not get melodramatic. The dialogs are quite true to real life and characters talk the way normal people would. Yes, songs seem to be out of place like Aditya keeping a guitar in office and then singing a song there but then you tend to ignore it and forgive it because its a good song sung by Mohit Chauhan from the Silk Route band. He is a very good dancer if you see the “Nagada” song and one at the end “Mauja Mauja”
The first half belongs to Kareena Kapoor where she chatters endlessly. She is on the verge of over-acting but then it fits nice into her character. The second half sees her being more sober and Shahid Kapoor taking over.
Shahid kapoor plays the sober guy who is just being dumped and in the second half too, he does not go overboard with the character. I like the way the character shaped during the course of the movie. He is more likeable that way. I doubt if anybody can do the role. I was thinking of Abhay Deol in the same role but that wouldn’t have worked.
There are other actors too like Pavan Malhotra who plays Geet’s Uncle and Dara Singh who plays the strict grandpa but they are the true supporting cast. The movie belongs to Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor and a lot to the story.
JWM is mature and entertaining without going the melodramatic way. There are no big dialogs but simple words that make better sense. A road movie can be quite fun if handled well. Check out “Pyar toh Hona he tha” but that was a copy of “French Kiss”. This one seems original and more Indian. Imtiaz Ali writes and keeps it simple for the most part. He does not give twist and turns and you can almost, well almost guess the next part if you have heard the story first. There are some nagging points like the Kareena Kapoor’s boyfriend.
JVM can be enjoyed any day especially when you need to lift your mood