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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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Shaad Ali

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Habib Faisal (screenplay and dialogue) (as Habib-Faisal), Anurag Kashyap (story idea) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Abhishek Bachchan ... Rakesh 'Ricky' Thakral
Preity Zinta ... Alvira Khan
Bobby Deol ... Satvinder 'Steve' Singh
Lara Dutta ... Anaida Raza / Laila
Amitabh Bachchan ... Dancer / Singer
Piyush Mishra ... Huffy Bhai
Ameet Chana ... Shahriyar
Manjit Singh Manjit Singh ... David / Dancing Singer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sarah Amos Sarah Amos ... Dancer
Sanjeev Bhaskar ... Shopkeeper
Sheena Bhattessa ... Karishma
Ramon Christian Ramon Christian ... Lead dancer
Taru Devani Taru Devani ... Alvira Khan's Auntie
Robert Galas Robert Galas ... Paul Pimply
Hubertus Geller ... French Buyer
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Storyline

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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Plot Keywords:

love | lawyer | dance | pakistani | punjabi | See All (38) »

Taglines:

This June dance... jump... shout...

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Yash Raj Films

Country:

India

Language:

English | Hindi | Punjabi

Release Date:

15 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dance Baby Dance See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$455,257, 17 June 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$695,157, 24 June 2007
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Yash Raj Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Sanjeev Bhaskar and Meera Syal, British television stars have cameos in the film (Bhaskar as the news-stand owner and Syal as Bobby's mother) 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 »

Quotes

Rikki ThukralAnaida RazaAnaida RazaSteve Singh: [singing] Jhoom barabar jhoom... Dance, baby, dance!
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Connections

References Sholay (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Jhoom
Written by Gulzar (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa
Performed by Shankar Mahadevan
Courtesy of Yash Raj Music
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Brash and loud, though not completely terrible.
7 February 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Reading through many of the reviews for "Jhoom Barabar Jhoom", I assumed that the film was 100% awful from start to finish. Well, I disagree--it's only partially awful. The first half is impossible to believe but is likable. The second half is truly horrible and all the good will I had early on vanished as the film continually assaulted my senses. Subtle and romantic are two words I'd never use to describe this film.

It all begins with a nice song and dance number by Amitabh Bachchan. He appears in the film periodically--though I have no idea why other than he's the father of the leading man in this film, Abhishek Bachchan. Oh well, I really enjoy seeing Amitabh and at least I got a few glimpses of him even though his character was ill-defined and vague.

Soon Rakesh (Abhishek Bachchan) bumps into a gorgeous woman, Alvira (Preity Zinta). They are waiting to greet someone arriving by train and it is late. So, they sit and begin talking. He talks at length about his fiancé and she does the same--though in reality both are unattached. This really made no sense nor did it make sense that Alvira would soon fall for Rakesh because he seemed so very obnoxious and full of himself. However, I have noticed that this is a BIG theme in a lot of Indian romances--the obnoxious pretty-boy--and it's a cliché I really hate. For me, you have to like people for the romance to work. Still, despite its flaws, I found the first half of the film watchable and interesting. It could have worked well.

Unfortunately, once the train arrives, the film is pretty dead. Both are in love with each other but don't know what to do since they'd been lying. Well, sadly, the same can be said for the writers as most of the final portion of the movie is set at a dance contest which totally assaults your senses. It's loud and looks like a 30 minute Indian music video and the costumer appears to have been Liberace!! It's tacky, loud and pointless.

By the time the end occurs and the inevitable occurs, you are exhausted and just want it to end. It's a shame, as the film was not horrible initially and had it been, I would have turned it off and saved myself from the second half! So, first half of the film I'd score a 5 and the last a 1. Overall, a score of 3 seems reasonable as I have seen quite a few movies (both Indian and non-Indian) that were worse....though not a lot worse.

By the way, I am shocked that the IMDb goof section didn't include this one. At one point, Alvira exposes the top of her left breast to show a tattoo. Later in the film it's moved to her right breast!!


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