Shaad Ali Sahgal who made his debut with the critically acclaimed Saathiya(2002) and the crazy laugh riot musical Bunty And Babli(2005) is back with another crazy musical Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.
Now the question arises whether this movie is a quality product like its predecessors that its distributors Yashraj Films are known for?
The story is of 2 people, Rikki Thukral(Abhishek Bachchan) and Alvira Khan (Preity Zinta). Both meet at the railway station having come to pick up their respective fiances. Rikki is engaged to Anaida Raza(Lara Dutta) the assistant manager of the Hotel Ritz in Paris and Alvira to Steve Singh(Bobby Deol) a millionaire lawyer. They exchange stories, have some fun together, and when the train arrives, say goodbye to each other and walk away thinking they won’t meet again. But fate of course has different plans for them.
The story is a reminder of the Great Indian Musicals that hindi movies used to be way back in the 70s. It moves fast and is very enjoyable indeed. The sudden twist in the tale in the 2nd half will catch you unawares, but from there it just races forward to a fun-filled climax. The references to old bollywood movies are numerous and fun to watch.
The movie has been shot beautifully in London and Paris. The sets are extremely lavish and are a visual treat. The dances are choreographed excellently and look fantastic. The songs have been picturised well and are enticing to watch.
Now for the performances, Abhishek Bachchan truly steals the show in this movie. As the crude, loutish Bhatinda boy Rikki, he makes the audience laugh and fall off their seats with his body language and side-splitting one-liners.
Preity Zinta is cute as the smug, prim and proper Pakistani-British brat Alvira Khan. She and Abhishek make a lovely pair and complement each other beautifully. But she needs to work on her dancing as she is too stiff and looks uncomfortable in the dance sequences.
Bobby Deol is relegated to the backseat in the movie as the length of his role isn’t much, but he does a good job anyway as both Steve Singh the suave lawyer and Satwinder the nerdy clerk.
Lara Dutta too hasn’t got a very big role, but her confidence stands out. She is excellent in both her roles as Anaida Raza the svelte and petite but lovable manager of the Hotel Ritz as well as Laila the foul-mouthed whore with a heart of gold.
Another performance which stands out in the movie is that of the talented theatre actor Piyush Mishra(Maqbool,Dil Se,1971) as Huffy-bhai.
Amitabh Bachchan exudes flamboyance and rock-star charm in the title song. His getup in the movie is totally outlandish and wayout, but it only adds to the charm.
The music of the movie is amazing. The score by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy proves why they are considered among the most talented musicians in the country. The song that stands out in the movie is the title track that is belted out with extreme vigour by Shankar Mahadevan himself.
However the movie does have a few negatives. The first half may be a little too slow-paced for the audience. Also, the movie is not for the thinking audience. Some scenes may seem too illogical to comprehend. With less flaws, it turns out to be a fun movie that’s a reminder of typical bollywood insanity.
Overall,the movie is a fun ride and is well worth the ticket money. It is the kind of movie that can wash away your blues.