Almost a month after it released, I got to see this movie. Initial reactions suggested it was a peppy but old-as-the hills romance story with a hackneyed, cliched, oft-repeated, done-to-death climax. And it turned out to be true! If not for Imran Khan’s presence, some beautiful music by A R Rahman & the casting director’s boldness in casting newcomers in the roles of the “friends”, this one would have been a dud movie for sure! It was a refreshing change to see a mix of male and female friends in the “group”. Most college-romance movies (that I can remember) had a (excuse the corny sounding word!) same-sex gang (DCH, Ishk Vishk, Style etc); unless of course you consider the err…ahemm…College-goers gang in Jaani Dushman – Ek Anokhi Kahaani!!! Well, that’s beside the point.
Coming back to JTYJN, the friendship-turned romance was not a new concept for moviegoers, but even then some of the scenes felt refreshingly different. One character that I liked a lot was that of Amit, Aditi’s (Genelia) brother. His was by far, the most realistic and believable role in the movie. His wears his heart on his sleeve and does and says what he likes. Songs were the next best thing in the movie followed closely by the character of Jai (Imran Khan). He does a swell job as the do-gooder fattu-turned-Ranjhor ka Rathod! Genelia was cute but her voice’s too croaky and hoarse! And in the Jaane tu mera kya hae song, she looked practically hideous! The Sub-plots such as those of Paresh Rawal, Ratna Pathak Shah and Naseeruddin Shah, Arbaaz & Sohail Khan, horse dreams etc almost turned the movie into a lousy one but thankfully those were few and far in between to be disregarded somewhat. Two WTF! moments for me were when the true “subject” of the beautiful song Kabhi Kabhi Aditi was revealed and the seemingly non-stop parties that these just-graduated students were thronging about to! As if after graduation there’s a mandatory phase of attend-as-many-parties-as-you-can!!! I’d recommend watching it just the one time and enjoy the songs more than the movie. Too bad the male version of Jaana wasn’t retained in the movie…that was my fav song.