Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (Shaad Ali)

Despite severe media drubbing, I finally watched Jhoom barabar jhoom, thanks to one sole voice of approval – Baradwaj Rangan! And…I loved it! After Jaan-e-mann, here’s another film maker who innovates on the format! We Indians have a low threshold for stories that happen over short periods of time and also insist on all 42 navarasas being part of the film. So, when a filmmaker turns it all in its head, we ditch him for being over smart! JBJ is a well-scripted film that gets its innovative format right. Even the music by Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy sits so well atop the wacky structure, with some fantastic over-the-top choreography. It’s a simple he/she-loves-me, loves-me-not story that works only because the screenplay drags it appropriately with all the necessary gimmicks. Bobby and Lara steal the limited scenes they appear in, while Preity looks tired and Abhishek is a bit too suave for the street-smart act. Its pretty sad to see Yash Raj taste defeat in their most experimental, ahead-of-its time venture. This is one film that deserved the ‘collections’ advertisement they so fondly release to proclaim their success!

Keywords: Abhishek Bachchan, Lara Dutta, Preity Zinta, Bobby Deol