A joy forever
An interesting plot to demonstrate the existence and power of the universal truth – Love. Be it any era, the means and methods of getting it may modernize, but the proceedings will have equivalence per se. Does Imtiaz Ali deliver a hat-trick? He is almost there…
Jai (Saif Ali Khan) is a flirt who accidentally bumps into Meera (Deepika) in London and they connect well. Both are ambitious in their careers but their lines don’t cross. Jai wants to cross-over to SF for a lucrative career as an architect. Meera wishes to go to India and do well in ancient art restoration career. Both of them don’t feel that they are bound by love, and after a year of dating, they amicably part ways in a celebrating mode, and Meera is off to India. The café owner Veer Singh (Rishi Kapoor) who has seen this pair’s prospering relationship at his place tries to mentor Jai to find if he has committed a mistake by letting Meera go.
Jai is amused by Veer Singh’s uncalled intrusion. But when Veer Singh explains and narrates his story, Jai starts visualizing a certain resemblance between the past and present. How the things coincide forms the rest of the story…
In past five years, Imtiaz Ali has emerged as one of the most accomplished filmmaker with excellent command on his simple narrative and the dialogue, even in most complex situations. He also extracts better performances from his cast. Both his previous ventures related to Indian urban society with focus on life in Indian cities. This time he takes a leap to the west and weaves in a story of two cross-culture stories across two different decades, but with a common message. As a writer he does pretty well. The lines are effective and meaningful, but have slight overdose of Hinglish and less humor as compared to his previous work. The narration of climax (say, last 20 minutes) could have been better, as it looked a bit hurried up job.
Production values are lavish and are well captured by the effective camera work of N Natarajan Subramaniam. Editing by Aarti Bajaj is crisp and the flashback scenes are very well incorporated. Songs are well choreographed but look out of situations with three of them being dance numbers.
Performances: Saif does a good job in the double role, though looks overage for Jai’s role. He does very well as young Veer Singh. The role actually was tailor made for Ranbir Kapoor and it would have been a milestone to watch him play the young Veer Singh. Some posters even have Saif resembling Ranbir in his Jai avatar. Deepika is fit for the role to the T and she delivers her best till date. Her facial expressions in some silent scenes are marvelous. Though in a few sequences, she and Saif both seem struggling with the lines. Rishi Kapoor is the backbone of the story and is perfect in his role. The two Harleens (Fagun Thakkar-I Guess and Neetu Singh) are delightful. Rahul Khanna, Vir Das and Raj Zutshi don’t get much scope.
Music: The “inspired” Pritam numbers are already topping the charts and will remain there quite some time. Irshad Kamil has penned fabulous lyrics third time in a row with Imtiaz Ali. “Aaj Din”, “Twist”, “Aahun”, “Dooriyan” and “Chor Baazari” are well composed.