The good thing about “Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na” (JTYJN) is that its not complicated. Its a simple half romantic comedy and half serious comedy film. The first half is funny and the second serious to a large extent.
JTYJN is as the name suggest about ignorance. A tale about two people who are in love and they don’t about it. Its about two people with opposite personalities and opposite do attract and as I said they just don’t know about it.
Its about Jay Rathore or Rats, a very non-violent person who talks his way out of difficult situation. His friend Aditi or Meouw is quite the opposite. Ready to fight with anyone for what she think is right. Both are quite a couple. Their parents and friends expect them to get married and they don’t. Instead they go and try finding a spouse for each other.
The second half is when they realize that the people they find are almost jerks and they love each other.
JTYJN is about two confused people who don’t know what they want in life (aren’t we all?). Its not much of a story because we can guess the end at the start. When Aditi finds someone, we already know that he will be a jerk. Yet, in the days of terrorism, the director planned a climax in the airport. The way Jay reaches inside the airport, he wouldn’t be alive. Really! He just cannot reach immigration running like that.
But then it is a love story and cinematic liberty allows the filmmakers to take that much freedom. Ignoring all these minor problem, its still a very entertaining movie and it has its moment. Abbas Tyrewala’s has written and directed JTYJN and his experience as a good writer sees through the film with some good one-liners.
What the writer lacked in story, he wrote in characters. He has written very likeable characters and that is the biggest strength of the movie. Not just the central character of Jay and Aditi but all the supporting cast are well written. They are remembered in their small roles too. The main character’s friends are not just props.
Three roles make an impact in the movie excluding Jay and Aditi. Ratna pathak Shah who plays Jay’s mother, Prateik Babbar who play Amit, Aditi’s brother. He plays the sober, sad brother who lives according to his own rules and who cares for Aditi in his own special way. Lastly Sugandha Garg who plays Shaleen, Aditi and Jay’s friend. Her eyes say a lot than words.
Some good music by A R Rehman makes it all the more alluring. Most of the song do not obstruct the movie and goes with the flow.
Jay played by Imran Khan makes an impressive debut. He is cool and totally gels with Genelia D’Souza who plays Aditi in the movie. Its the chemistry that makes the movie work. They do look like good friends who have been together since a long time.
In addition cameo’s by Nasserudin Shah is quite hilarious. Arbaaz Khan and Sohail Khan also make a cameo that somehow appears cliched but works wonder for the movie.
And finally a big applause for Abbas Tyrewala for making an impressive debut. He is the writer and the director and he handles both quite efficiently. Looking at his past writing assignment, he atleast makes watchable films.
Overall JTYJN is good in most parts. The second half becomes a little heavy ending in an hurried climax but still quite an entertaining film.