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Friday, November 09, 2007

Jab We Met


Have you ever met someone you have disliked in the beginning, began to like later, and eventually fallen in love with? If I were asked to name such a movie- I'd say Jab We Met. Last weekend, I got totally psyched out by Kareena's psychobabble and decided not to waste time, energy and my remnant grey cells on that flick.

But the friend who had recommended me to watch it was adamant and asked me to finish viewing it. He is the one who introduced me to Scrubs, so I ventured to try it out. And I really liked the later part.

*** Spoiler Warning***

The story is very simple. Shahid Kapoor (Aditya) is an industrialist's son bereaved of his father, ditched by his girlfriend and completely lost. He hops onto a train, totally clueless and meets Kareena (Geet) who speaks 300 words per min. She has a knack of inviting perils and while she tries to help Aditya whom she takes pity upon, irritates him to the point of making him disembark from the train midway. She tries to catch up with him and misses her train. And now this "Sikhni hoon.. Bhatinda ki" claims that he has to ensure she reaches home safely. After a roller coaster ride and on reaching the destination, the members of the family misunderstand their relation and she takes the chance to elope with him to meet her boyfriend Anshuman in Manali. By this time, Aditya has fallen for Geet and her joie de vivre. But he keeps his feelings to himself coz he imagines her to have happily reconciled to her bf. He gets back to Mumbai, decides to confront his problems face on, does well professionally and builds on the empire his father had left him and does way beyond anyone's expectations. Privately, he attributes his new self to Geet who believes in living her life her way and taking chances.

In the meanwhile, detested by her bf, Geet has taken to teaching in a missionary school ( what a relief from the usual procurers on the prowl) and is still hoping that the good-for-nothing Anshuman will accept her. Aditya sees her - a ghost of her formal self, passive, unaware of her surroundings, lost in deep thoughts, wearing a plastic smile. He brings some of the life back to her by asking her to call up her ex and swear loudly to make her feel better ( On a previous occasion, she had asked him to burn the photo of his ex and flush it down the toilet. ) He is about to take her home to Bhatinda, where she hasn't been to in the past nine months when the ex drops in after hearing the choicest explicits. ( Weird !)

And now? The fun begins. All the three reach her home in Bhatinda where Anshuman is not acquainted with anyone. The family believes Aditya ( who had accompanied her before and had eloped with ) to be her husband and formally receives them. The ex is left gaping like a fool. And yeah the ultimate height is when a kid brother asks: Ae Jiju k friend, photo khichogey?. Also, when Aditya is about to leave to end the confusion and Geet runs after him, Anshuman thinks she is going to tell her family about him and runs after her saying : "Geet..ruko.. abhi bataogi? Main bhi bataunga.. mil k batayenge" Only thing he misses out is the braying :D

*** Spoiler Warning ends here***

Though it's pretty predictable and has all the elements of a typical Bollywood movie, I like the treatment. There are a few comic scenes and double entendre you might enjoy. It needn't have ended the way it has and I would have still liked it. Honestly, I didn't really bother whether or not they'll get to be together at the end. It's the journey that mattered that changed their lives forever.

**You might like the song by Ustad Rashid Khan Aaoge Jab Tum .

25 comments:

arnab said...

SERIOUSLY? (you know, in the "grey's anatomy" style) :-)

Abhinav said...

Though I haven't watched the movie, RJ's are saying farfetched things abt JWM. One RJ even went to the extent of calling it a second DDLJ...What an impossibility?:P But since you've spilled the beans, I think the resemblance may be more in the script than anything else.

FireWhisky said...

my guy went n saw ds movie wid his wrk mates... his verdict - "its ok 4 a one time watch... bt sm1 mk kareena shut up..."

lolz...

saikat said...

watched JWM a couple of days back...my reccomendation..you can watch it once...the best part is when anshuman, geet's bf who had dumped her...faces the trauma of geet's relative...

worst part...when even after being dumped by anshuman once....geet decides to get married to him...

best dialouge...when aditya and geet first visit geet's home..and aditya is flooded in the dinner table..he confesses to geet's brother..."ek baar kisi ke behen ko bachaya hoon..agle baar ye galti nahii karoonga" :D:D:D:D:D

tc..

Saurabh said...

The Mood of the Movie.. is brought to the fore in this one song
Tum Se Hi,

http://youtube.com/watch?v=9sUh4RBD-5E

Saurabh said...

Another Version of the same song

http://youtube.com/watch?v=R9pbbQQhUVw

Munmun said...

Good you put the "Spoiler Warning" :P
I am planning to watch it tonight!

Aparna Kar said...

@abhinav
Aah! I miss those radio shows back home. Dunno about DDLJ, it was too loud for my taste anyways. I like the subtleties of JWM and the more realistic approach of becoming friends first. The "love at first sight" concept doesn't work for me anymore. Though I still have crushes ( for the past few months , a guy in my accounting class named Wayne :D But that's that. All he does is sit in front of me and discuss assignments :D )

Aparna Kar said...

@FireWhisky
Lol. Yeah.. that is egg-zactly what I had in mind when I felt her cannonade of words.

Abhinav said...

I haven't seen JWM so... There is no love at first sight - only a lot of mush and kitsch. Bhansali's Saawariya is being panned for that. Now I like the filmmaker but he gets deluded very often and is paying the price for it.

Abhinav said...

@Wayne:- You are supposed to discuss assignments, only assignments, and nothing but assignments with Aparna ;-P

Crushes are silly things man! Even I've a crush on a sort of very intelligent geeky girl in my class... (Single classes in India...no funda of courses.) When I'm with other girls (and they are as hot as can get), I can just talk...but before her, bolti band ho jati hai... Such are the mercies and ironies in life...

Aparna Kar said...

@saikat
She had not decided to marry him, she was just bidding her time to know what she really wanted.
Her discombobulation (OMG that's a mouthful) was evident when she says to Aditya : "tumhara ek ehsaan rahega mujh par.. sirf ek.. k tum Anshuman to wapas le aaye..warna main kabhi samjh nahi pati k main kya chahti hoon". That is so real. I really don't feel bad for that dimwit Anshuman. He was not worthy of her affection. But as Aditya pointed out to him once, it was her punishment for having loved a creature like him. She should have been wiser. But then- to be rational and to be in love is not to be in love at all :P

Aparna Kar said...

@abhinav
Sheeesh! Wayne doesn't know about my blog. Only my 650 teammates know about it. And anyways I like him only because he is so serious about studies :)

About the tongue-tied thing- reminds me- I was crazzzzzzzzzzzzzy about this guy in my undergrad and thought it was a "love at first sight " thing. We were playing Truth or Dare after dinner while strolling in the campus and I was supposed to propose any damn guy in half sleeves like me on a cold winter night ( claim of my friends: perfectly crazy. perfect match) Anyways, one of my friends saw this guy in a blue shirt hurrying towards the main entrance and asked me to go ahead. It was so weird but I went and blabbed something without even looking at his face. The first thing he asked me was: Are you from this campus? :D I looked up and saw a strange but very handsome face and got to know that he was majoring in business. He promised to meet the following evening and kept waiting near the tuck shop. But I didn't turn up because I thought it would be embarrassing and unnecessary to explain. A common friend asked: "What's going on between you guys?" I had to tell him that it was just a game . Later, I got to be friends with that chap and my crush vanished just like that! And found out that apparently, he had a crush on me too!
Strange , how some people appear so irrestibly desirable from a distance but discover that they are very much like us when we get acquainted with them. Blind admiration gives place to mutual respect and a healthy relation grows. But those crushes are kind of fun. When I look back I feel it was s o sweet and innocent and foolish. Something I am less capable of now :D

Aparna Kar said...

@munmun
Watch it and tell me how you liked it

Aparna Kar said...

@abhinav
Btw, I heard Saawariya got a viewer rating 4.8/10 in US? Not a movie I'd risk watching now.

Aparna Kar said...

@saurabh
Thanks for the links :) Watched it now...nd liked it.. specially the bit where they are dancing in the rain :)
*sighhhhh * It's so romantic Hee hee
* me dreaming*
*dreaming*
*dreaming*
*dreaming*
.....
* dozed off*

Saurabh said...

you have the right to be happy, so keep dreaming and then make those dreams come true ...

Abhinav said...

That was just my way of pulling your leg appu #Can I call you that :-)...
And so sad abt "When I look back I feel it was so sweet and innocent and foolish. Something I am less capable of now." I'm still allowed to be foolish ;-)
BTW, I spend more time on your blog than mine. Pretty addictive stuff, huh... ;-)

saikat said...

Discombobulation *faintsssssssss*

Aparna Kar said...

@abhinav
Lol.. great to have you here. You sure brighten up my sky :D
And yeah, you can call me that. I guess only Saiki calls me Appu around here.. and he's a really close pal ( my kicking bag actually . Tee hee hee)

Aparna Kar said...

@saiki
* splashes water on his face *
* kicks his @$$ *
* makes him smell his own socks *

...Can't revive him :(
Wait ...I got a coffee cake in my stock.

Hee haa haa * munch munch *

saikat said...

@ appu:

*snatches the coffee cake*

*pulls her hair*

*informs her that he knows kung fu, karate..taekwondo..ching
ling...and all such dangerous words*

*scares her by jumping up and down*

*suddenly remembers he has the coffee cake..sits in a corner and starts munch...munch...*

:P

Aparna Kar said...

@saikat
Kha le yaar.. tu bhi kya yaad rakhega. Coffee cake hai is liye de rahi hoon, apple strudels hote to homicide ho jata :P

Aparna Kar said...

@saurabh
Everybody has that right. But haven't you heard that much clich├ęd : To make a dream come true, you got to wake up first. So wakey wakey lazy bones!

Saikat said...

@ appu:

*sneaks in her room in search of apple strudels*

*looks under the bed...behind the closet....inside the tv*

*at last finds it*

*now is yipppyyyly feastin on it*