Really big expectations? Oh yes! With the premier production house
[Yash Raj] at the helm of affairs and Shaad Ali in the director's seat,
JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM is expected to strike like a hurricane.
Let's come to the point straightaway. Don't look for a story in JHOOM
BARABAR JHOOM. For, there's none here. What you get to see is a
collage of interesting moments. It's not one of those conventional prem
kahanis that have the lovers drifting apart or a misunderstanding creating
havoc in their lives.
What goes against the film is the fact that you feel a vacuum at the end
of the screening. Something is amiss. Sure, you are enamored by the gloss.
You are awe-struck by the stunning locales of U.K. and France. You are
hooked to the performances of Abhishek and Preity mainly. But, deep
inside, it doesn't satiate you.
To sum up, JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM is all gloss, no substance. Body
beautiful, minus soul. In desi lingo, unchi dukaan, phika pakwaan.
Busy London station. Delayed train from Birmingham. Two strangers
waiting for the train... Rikki Thukral [Abhishek Bachchan], born in
Bhatinda, living in London; and Alvira Khan [Preity Zinta], more Brit than
the Queen herself, however with Lahori blood in her veins.
Crowded café. One table to share. Two hours to kill. Perfect setting
for the start of a love-story. Hitch? Both Rikki and Alvira are engaged and
have come to pick up their fiancés, who are coming by the same train. To
kill time, they end up telling each other their “how I met my fiancé”
Rikki met his fiancé Anaida [Lara Dutta] at The Ritz, Paris. Alvira
discovers her prince at Madame Tussaud's. When a gigantic wax model of
Superman falls from the ceiling, Alvira is a sitting target. But Steve [Bobby
Deol], a lawyer by profession, saves her life, but steals her heart.
Stories unfold, time passes, the two strangers start enjoying each
other. Actually, they have gotten alarmingly attracted to each other!
Director Shaad Ali has handled a number of sequences well. Actually,
come to think of it, you do enjoy a few moments in this 14 reeler. But can
you stretch a rubberband beyond a point? That's what the writer does.
Writer Habib Faisal's screenplay is as taxing as driving in monsoons
on a road full of potholes. When you realize the film offers no story, you
sit motionless, flexing your facial muscles at times, but remaining
indifferent to the goings-on generally. The director and writer have
substituted the script with stunning visuals. But that's no compensation.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's music is quite good. 'Ticket To Hollywood' is the
track you carry home. The title track is another foot-tapping composition.
Cinematography is exceptional. The film is a visual treat. Choreography
[Vaibhavi Merchant] is different, but Abhishek carries it off very well. Aki
Narula's costumes are smashing.
JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM belongs to Abhishek first and Preity
next. Abhishek is in terrific form. It wouldn't be erroneous to state that his
performance makes the goings-on watchable at times. A lesser actor
would've fallen flat on his face in the absence of a cohesive script.
Preity is lovely and takes to her character like a fish to water. In fact,
the two actors make an attractive pair. Bobby is relegated to the backseat.
Also, would someone please tell Mr. Deol to chop off those locks? Lara
Dutta is confident, though she's not in the forefront either. Amitabh
Bachchan adds to star-value. He only appears in one song, flashed
throughout the movie.
On the whole, JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM is no patch on Yash
Raj's illustrious films. The film is all gloss, no substance. Body beautiful,
minus soul. At the box-office, the all-powerful Yash Raj brand coupled
with the lack of biggies will ensure substantial revenue for its
producers/distributors in the initial days, proving that sometimes, a bad
film also makes money.
Bollywood.com Rating: 2.5
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