Monday, June 18, 2007

Jhoom barabar jhoom: Gloom barabar gloom

-By Swetha Amit
The concept of romance is often portrayed to be complex. Jhoom barabar jhoom takes the cake in this aspect as it sails you through the complicated love quadruple.

The film starts with Amitabh Bachchan doing a jhoom in a la pirates of the Caribbean look-alike costume. Perhaps depicting a feather to his cap or should I say hat?

Two strangers- Rikki Thukral (Abhishek Bachchan) and Alvira Khan (Preity Zinta) meet under the strangest circumstances and claim to be engaged. The delayed train schedules lead them to share a coffee table in a crowded cafeteria which ultimately results in sharing their respective love stories.

Rikki narrates his encounter with fiancée Anaida (Lara Dutta in a short hairdo with a heavy French accent) at The Ritz in Paris. After a few sniffs, laughs and tiff over the ticket to Hollywood, they finally fall in love to get engaged in a filmy fashion. Alvira goes on to share her blissful experience with Steve (Bobby Deol), a suave Lawyer of a renowned firm who rescues her from the falling Superman wax statue, turning out to be a real superman-according to Alvira anyway. His constant gentlemanly wooing manages to entangle Alvira into the web of love resulting in a fairy tale ending.

In between the film, is the Big B swaying to the title track as though to convince the audience saying”yeh movie barabar hai” which eventually fails to make a jhooming impact on them.

Imaginations are stretched along with the delay of the train arrival time. It results in Rikki and Alvira to contemplate their possible romance. This leads to an unwarranted and unrelated song sequence exhibiting the Taj Mahal. It appeared as though the characters were taking a tea break from their narration, and saying”Wah Taj”.

However a twist in tale occurs as Rikki and Alvira are discovered to have lied to one another about their committed status only to find themselves in love with each other. This propels them to desperately arrange a meeting with their respective partners in a dance competition of all places.
Enter Satvindar (Bobby), a bespectacled mama’s boy and Laila (Lara), a prostitute with an uncanny usage of crass language. The stark difference with which they were portrayed earlier is unmistakable with their actual stature in the film.

The dance competition prolongs for 15 minutes and the ending proves to be the predictable melodrama of a typical Yash Raj film. Alls well that ends well and it’s happily ever after for both the parties.

Abhishek does well as the Punjabi lad. Big B graces his musical presence in his fancy attire perking the audience to jhoom with him. Preity is convincing in some scenes. The rest portray a resemblance to the wax dolls in Madam Tussauds museum which appeared to be out of place. Not surprising as the story is set in London perhaps?

Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy turned out to be a disappointment as compared to their earlier scores with the exception to the title track. The final dance sequence was well choreographed with flamboyant costumes. However Shaad Ali’s direction was a let down in relation to his Bunty aur Babli and the story loses focus in between.

It failed to match the expected hype. It seems that love stories are becoming stale with the lack of ability to portray them in a creative manner. It makes one go in gloom and makes them feel that the film should have been titled Gloom barabar gloom. One can certainly feel that dekhne ke liye is movie bilkul barabar nahin hai.
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Anonymous Zilan said...

Swe bakwas film.Horrible.

4:31 AM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

Did you actually go watch it?Boy I was in gloom for a week after that!

12:31 PM  

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