Monday, June 18, 2007
JBJ:A waste of 2 hours 10 minutes and Rs.55
There are films that make you wince in disgust.That make you realize what Sudhir mishra is crying about over at Passionforcinema.com,That make you wonder why in St.Pappillon's name did the director become a director.That make you take notice of the roof and walls of the theatre, that make you wanna puke(?), just get out.. run.. and save yourself from the atrocity that is the movie..
JBJ finds itself a comfy,cosy spot in this category.Shaad Ali (the director)was OK before, Saathiya was a safe, frame by frame remake of Alaipayuthe, and BnB did capture the small town life in India,quite decently.i guess he is showing his true colours huh??Insipid,dull,boring,did I eat dinner? are some of the adjectives that come to mind.The flick is about Ricky Thukhral and Alvira Khan( from Lahore)who both meet at a station while waiting for their respective fiances(Birmingham se aa raha hai..)..Conversation starts boiling and slowly a mutual attraction develops.But they are reluctant to express their attraction since they are already committed.The twist? they just made up the committed part to appear uninterested to each other..Now they have to somehow express their love,but both curse their luck that the other is engaged.They agree to meet at a club with their fiances.So they hire ppl who look like bobby deol and Lara Dutta to act as their finances.Doesn't sound that bad??well it would seem Mr.unwary viewer,it would seem.It was difficult to sit through the first half.and in the second half i found myself playing with the baby in the front seat.It is an utter waste of time.You should be glad i told you the story and saved your 50 bucks,In fact each of you send me Rs.10 from the Rs50 you saved,for the service I did to you.The charcters are so unidimensional and stereotyped that it makes DD soaps appear oscar material.And my god what an utter waste of talent the Big B is .He appears as a gypsy-boot wearing,guitar weilding singer who randomly bursts into "Jhoom barabar Jhoom' along with a posey of unsuspecting dancers.You should see some of the faces he has to make in the name of cinema... his Antics at the end when there is a stupid usual suspect type revelation( its nothing, believe me) is cringe inducing.
So why was this film made?When there are beautiful stories waiting to be told about boys uprooted from their hometowns and send form one place to the other??One word,com padre.. Business.Mr.Aditya Chopra is a shrewd, cunning,super villain in hiding.He has realized that any piece of crap wrapped in shiny,bright colours and catchy tunes can hold people sway.It can promise safe returns if not grand collections.And that is what he has set out to do.This is what has been happening all along in Bollywood.My God, I think i see the light.It s all so clear now,so profound.I can see beyond the glamour and the false,momentary attraction of mainstream cinema...
PS1:I am glad rochynne didn't like the film, and Gaurav man,whats wrong with you.. the film sucked big time..
PS2: the only silver lining were the songs.Great songs really.And they also show some scenes in Delhi, so that too...