The film commences with a winsome animated opening credits sequence. It is delightful despite feeling like a bit of a stretch over time. The first half moves at a brisk pace with several light moments. The film's protagonist, Adi, manages to save an upset Tara from committing suicide in a train station. This beautiful girl, Tara, was devastated due to some sour prior relationship she had with a guy. After an encounter at a friend's wedding, Adi and Tara develop a special kind of relationship. In quite a short amount of time, they become more than friends. Essentially, they become each other's Jaanu in which friendship is a component. The film proceeds to happier instances through which Adi and Tara develop this special relationship. They grow close to the point where they share more or less everything with each other. Eventually, Tara is comfortable enough to share her parent's separation and her pain associated with this saddening experience. The first half also emphasizes how the lead pair are in a relationship with liberation. In other words, they give each other their personal space and respect each other's privacy. In the first half, Adi's moments as a tenant with the strict but kind hearted Justice Shrivastava are also witnessed. They develop a nice bonding over time and the film also nicely uses these moments to throw elements of comedy. Srivastava's relationship with his wife, Charu, is also gracefully explored with light moments. Charu's Alzheimers illness is well depicted and it will hit all those with loved ones suffering from the disease. The second half stagnates a bit with some emotional moments. Essentially, the film showcases the tests the lead pair's relationship will face. For instance, they will both head to different corners of the world which can reduce their physical connection. Thankfully, the film has a happy ending in which Tara and Adi are both immensely happy.
Shaad Ali's direction is good as he handles the love story splendidly. He has already proved his mettle with a classic romantic superhit like Saathiya(2002). He is quite effective at presenting beautifully touching scenes. For example, he touches your heart when he shows Adi and Tara exchanging necklaces. This beautiful scene was inserted to depict a key idea: "side by side or miles apart, you will always live in my heart". It will hit every person who experiences such a special kind of love story. Another beautiful scene is when Adi is combing Tara's hair and they look at each other using the cupboard mirror. The love they have for each other is clearly visible in this scene. Shaad has done a good job with light comedic moments. One such memorable fun moment was when Tara scares Adi by faking her pregnancy. The expression on Adi's face made this scene a genuine laugh riot. He also successfully presents emotional scenes involving Charu's illness. For instance, Charu is lost due to her illness more in the second half of the film. The scene involving her temporary disappearance from home is tear-jerking. The fact that it is naturally displayed with no needless melodrama makes it impactful. On the whole, Shaad Ali makes a successful comeback as a director after the mediocre Kill Dil(2014).
AR Rahman's music is one genuine positive that benefits the film. The Humma remake is peppy with enticing dance moves. Kara Fankara makes for a nice opening credits song but it doesn't enjoy any longevity. The pick of the album is the beautiful remake, Enna Sona. Arijit Singh once again uses his soulful voice to croon such a delightful classic. The song has been choreographed superbly and it successfully shows genuine moments of Adi and Tara. The title song is upbeat and AR Rahman's voice adds to the amusement.
Aditya Roy Kapur is excellent as the chilled out game developer, Adi. He has shown vast improvement from his first couple flicks. In fact, he has handled his character with utmost sincerity. Shraddha Kapoor is sweet and cute throughout the film. She handles her emotions quite well as compared to Aashiqui 2. She gets a characters with some layers and she manages to shine in several scenes. In fact, I will always remember her Tara more than her Aarohi from Aashiqui 2. Naseeruddin Shah is a delight to watch as Justice Shrivastava. The veteran underplays his role without any major blunders. Leela Samson as Charu is incredibly effective. Her most effectual moments involve those in which she is significantly affected by Alzheimers. The rest of the cast provide adequate support which benefits the film.
An important thing to also understand is that people experiencing this kind of love will always be happy together in this genuinely special way. This kind of relationship is much better than the other standard kind of relationship outside a marriage. In that kind, hearts are broken several times and some even suicide (Tara was going to do the same at the beginning of the film). In this special way, people are in a beautiful relationship full of love if they have a genuine special someone. People in such a genuine relationship are lucky because they can be truly happy when they could've been hurt and broken in the other kind of relationship in the past. As long as these two lucky people are truly happy together, this relationship will live forever. OK Jaanu may have flopped but it will always be a special film. Chiefly, it is special for giving rise to the idea of a different kind of love which is more special and unique.