Jaan-e-Mann Movie Review
I watched Jaan-e-mann - Let's Fall In Love Again today at Chanakya, 11.30 am show and this is my Jaan-e-mann movie review.
Jaan-e-Mann (beloved) - 8/10 - Romantic comedy. Jaan-e-mann is a fabulous movie, with an excellent script, storyline, dialogue and character development. I specially liked the editing special effects which I have never seen in a Bollywood flick before. Shirish Kunder has done a marvelous job, infact, I am shocked to hear that Jaan-e-mann is his first film. Jaan-e-mann is narrated by Akhay Kumar's character Agastya in an interesting flashback - flashforward mode.
Salman Khan plays Suhaan a cool dude who is a struggling actor. Akshay Kumar is Agastya a college nerd who grows up to be an astronaut while Preity Zinta is Piya, Suhaan's college friend and estranged wife. Suhaan cannot afford to pay Piya alimony, so he cons Agastya, who has a crush on Piya since college to woo her. If Piya remarries then Suhaan saves a lot of cash. Suhaan almost succeeds but then sees that Piya has a daughter (his) and falls in love with her again. Jaan-e-mann has a happy ending with Suhaan being reunited with his family and Agastya getting a blonde version of Piya. (Preity Zinta in double role)
I simply loved the music of Jaan-e-mann - the songs like Humko Maloom Hain, Dard Hai, Ajnabi Shehar kept playing in my ears long after I left the hall. Choreography rocked too. Costumes were colorful and funny, especially Salman Khan's various disguises as a cop, zorro, cowboy, elvis, sardar etc. My favourite scene in Jaan-e-mann was the one where Salman Khan dresses like a girl and beats up toughies in New York.
The cinema theatre was quite empty though, but Chanakya is quite a large theatre with a giant xenon screen. The crowd was mostly gay looking guy couples (As Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar were in the movie together...wink) who kept whistling whenever Salman Khan came on screen. Salman Khan took off his shirt around seven times ( I was counting :D).
Anupam Kher (double role) as a midget reminded me a bit of John Leguizamo's character in Moulin Rouge. Preity 'pregnant' Zinta's face was too lumpy and she looked too 'strict' for Salman Khan. Akshay Kumar did a decent job playing a nerd who cannot speak to girls. Aman Verma can now only get roles of a molester. Salman Khan is the only bollywood hero who looks cool and normal when talking to firangs. Most other actors look 'bewakoof' (foolish), out of place and make me cringe or switch channels. I liked the part where Salman Khan becomes the brand ambassador for Boo Boo diapers - he looked real sweet and adorable.
This is the first Salman Khan movie I am seeing in the theatre, as I have never been a crazy fan of his, though I liked his movies. I usually don't watch Hindi films in the cinema but usually wait for the pirated DVD to be shown on cable, but I made an exception for Jaan-e-mann as it was Diwali and I have been having dreams of Salman Khan regularly for the past few weeks.
Wishing all my blogger friends and their families a very happy and prosperous Diwali !