Movie Review: Jawani Diwani ...

By Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service

imageFilm: "Jawani Diwani"; Starring Emraan Hashmi, Celina Jaitley, Hrishita Bhatt, Mahesh Manjrekar; Directed by Manish Sharma; Rating: *

What a phoney start to the New Year! Don't even think of Narendra Bedi's "Jawani Diwani" from the 1970s where we had the wonderful Jaya Bhaduri and Randhir Kapoor whipping up a buoyant beach-party ambience, thanks to the wonderful music by R.D. Burman.

Not a single tune in the new "Jawani Diwani" registers as anything but pedestrian. Not a single dialogue gets anywhere close to your heart. That isn't where this cheap comedy targets itself.

The bigamous love triangle has Emran Hashmi making faces into the camera, trying to be funny, sassy and suggestive. But Govinda did the bigamous boudoir comedy much better in "Saajan Chale Sasural".

David Dhawan meets Sawan Kumar in this comedy of marital errors. Running helter-skelter in search of libidinous liberation would have been amusing if the spoken lines had substance and the performances were more situational than sleazy. Unfortunately the dialogues aren't even embarrassing. They're plain dull. Such double meaning drivel went out of fashion a decade ago when the Marathi maestro of ribaldry Dada Kondke passed away.

This peek-a-boo into the world of lustful giggles falls as flat as a silicone transplant gone awry. The female attractions - Hrishita Bhatt and Celina Jaitley - and Emran Hashmi are no good.

Mahesh Manjrekar's comic villainy as a loutish gangster goes so over-the-top, you can see him going downhill, along with the poor script.

"Jawani Diwani" represents the worst kind of filmmaking. It's jaded and is desperate to prove its 'sexy' credentials. Apart from a few soothing glimpses of the Mauritius waters there's nothing here that you would want to see even if you had nothing to do on a frozen winter evening. Rating: 1