Okay guys – if you wanna just look at Deepika’s legs or see her in hot clothes you’ll definitely be disappointed, as with this movie she has simply shown that she is carving her niche picking up scripts essaying the modern confident working woman who puts work in front of her relationships, is aware of her charms, unwilling to show her vulnerabilities (after ‘Bachna E Haseeno’..) – and she makes you identify and believe in her and not just sound like a feminist. Saif is growing most endearingly as an actor, (was actually watching ‘Parampara’ on cable the other day..kya tha Saif ka ‘Kal’- look where he is ‘Aaj’!) by just being what he is. Another movie on his shoulders entirely after ‘Hum Tum’ – one where he’s even essayed a double-role – where he’s done complete justice to the dialogues that only he could have delivered – I cannot imagine any other actor playing Imtiaz’ Jai..specially the self-realisation soliloquy that he mumbles out to a silent Meera in the middle of her wedding. And obviously Rishi Kapoor will win us all over as Veer - did any of us expect any else from this veteran romantic star?!
Imtiaz is developing in own style of direction with the signature dance-glam epilogue song (Aahun Aahun here..Mauja hi Mauja in Jab we Met) Here its his collapsing collage of images from the movie to come in the beginning credits sequence that stands out - as you may be furrowing your eyebrows trying to fathom this one out - but will understand what he’s trying to say every time one of those images/scenes passes by in the course of the movie, as a milestone. His script moves a notch away from typical Bollywood movies where usually on the shaadi mandap lost lovers realise ding-dong main to isse pyaar nahin karti, main isse shaadi kaise kar sakti hoon and all ends happily! Instead, ding-dong, its a script that begins with a break up, and ‘break-up party’, one that beautifully portrays the silent understanding that two great friends share, one where the woman knows the guy much better than he knows himself, one where they with heart –warming honesty tell each other what all they didn’t like about each other that they couldn’t when they were ‘together’.
It’s not simply a movie about Love being quintessential across generations; its layered with the cynicism of the elder ‘Veer’ generation with the present ‘Jai’ generation’s preoccupation with ‘dimaag’ ke maamle over ‘dil’, which makes the elder Veer simply and openly question the younger Jai –‘tune use jaane kaise diya’ and which makes Jai rant over the advantages that his generation has of the various choices and preoccupations they have from EMIs to global warming (!) I liked the subtle melodrama that has been inserted into the entire narrative through Veer’s flashback starting from the loud background score of the chugging of the train to the last scene, where you are still kinda at the edge of your seat wondering so where is Harleen today?!
I also liked the way the movie began and ended with the song ‘Dooriyan’, a song of separation, pain and distances, amidst relationships, across continents, bridging love across generations. Imtiaz won me over with another one - the picturisation of ‘Main Kya Hoon’ – perhaps is rare one in our industry which belts out lyrics of how great u feel when you are on like top of the world, but within a span of 5 minutes shows the hero plummeting simultaneously into a depression. Music wise – I have to give it to my sis - as has happened many a times before, she has made me listen to one of her favourite tracks in an album – I have said, nah, theek thaak hain – and then I have grown to love it soooooo much on screen - Yes, Babu – its ‘Aaja Din Chadeya’ – Rahat’s mellifluous voice and Kaamil’s lyrics that makes your heart smile watching young Harleen, played with such natural endearing simplicity by Falguni Thakkar, sneak out a lil glass of black tea for her lover waiting to catch a glimpse of her outside her house. The symbolism of the cuppa ‘kaali chaay’ and ‘black coffee’ that both heroines try to gulp/drink…as an attempt to accept/understand of their feelings….a process that is sealed in the last shot of the two glasses being poured together on the same tray :-) :-)
p.s. – just btw, I wrote this review while watching the movie at home on dvd for the second time (pehli baar to first day first show dekha!)…kya karen – ‘Tune sahi kaha Jaaneman…we are the aam janta, the ordinary - mango people’...we only know love – aaj and kal and hamesha :-)
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