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Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 15 June 2007 (USA)
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A crazy love story full of lies, deceits and a complicated quadrangle where each one has to think quickly and dance around each other's emotions.

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Rakesh 'Ricky' Thakral
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Huffy Bhai
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Shahriyar
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London, an overcrowded cafe, one table to share. Two strangers tell each other "how I met my fiancé" stories to kill time. Rikki (Abhishek Bachchan) met his fiance Anaida (Lara Dutta) at the Ritz in Paris and Alvira (Preity Zinta) met her prince charming Steve (Bobby Deol) at Madame Tussauds in London. Stories unfold and by the end of their session the two have alarmingly gotten attracted to each other. What follows is a crazy love story full of lies, deceits and a complicated quadrangle - Rikki and Alvira have gotten themselves as well as Anaida ad Steve in to a lovely mess, where each of them have to think quick on their feet, dancing around each other's emotions playing musical chairs and lying through their teeth. If opposites attract - then this is it. Written by Official Source

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15 June 2007 (USA)  »

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Dance Baby Dance  »

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£266,748 (UK) (15 June 2007)

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$695,157 (USA) (22 June 2007)
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Vidya Balan signed on for the role of Anaida Raza (Lara Dutta). After finding out the script required her to dance, she dropped out. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Abhishek is telling the story of him and Lara he mentions that she is a Pakistani and he met her in 1997 around the time when Princess Diana was in Paris, France. This was fifty years after an Independant India and Pakistan were created. In one scene with him Lara he says to himself "She will take revenge for the past 60 years" So he jumped ten years ahead. See more »

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Steve SinghAlvira Khan: Kiss of Love, Kiss of Love / Stay away from the Kiss of Love!
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References Sholay (1975) See more »

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Kiss of Love
Written by Gulzar (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa
Performed by Vishal Dadlani and Vasundhara Das
Courtesy of Yash Raj Music
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A playful, knowing, kitsch film about self-mythology and the power of Bollywood fantasy
19 September 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I saw Jhoom Barabar Jhoom while travelling in Rajasthan, in the Raj Mundir in Jaipur, which is, with some justification, described as the best cinema in Asia (and it certainly beats watching a film in a 'Multiplex' on a screen the size of a large TV in London).

As the film ended and the huge audience of all ages rose, making its way into the grand, pretty foyer, I turned to an Indian man in his thirties next to me and asked him in Hindi if he liked it. He said he loved the songs, particularly the song of the title, which he thought would get even the most unlikely person in the cinema dancing in the aisles. Then he added,

'But the the rest of the film is nonsense'.

I certainly agree with him about the infectious song of the title, having badly hummed it often. However, I don't think the rest of the film is nonsense. What I believe many people mistake for nonsense is actually a playful, kitsch, knowingly referential film revolving around the desires and problems of self-mythology, and the power of Bollywood fantasy.

The film is set in Waterloo station where a young Indian man and woman of Pakistani origin bump into each other and form an acquaintance while waiting for infamously late English trains. But their talk about themselves, we come to see, may not quite be so credible and ingenuous. Not only this but there is something magical in the air at Waterloo Station, for a wondering busker, Amitabh Bachan, looking like a sixties drop out, is somehow mysteriously involved in the lively plot.

The two leads, Bachan's son Abishek, and Preity Zinta, make engaging leads and, alongside the wonderfully outrageous Laura Dutta and Bobby Deol handle the film's sense of fun and comedy vigorously (though perhaps the nods to the famous Bachan/Deol partnership in Sholay goes too far).

Another thing about Jhoon Barabar Jhoon is its sure sense of place, something few Indian films set in Britain can claim. Preity Zinta's Alvira is an NRI and the film makes a playful but genuine attempt to engage with the London Indian diaspora.


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