Another very recent recommendation after my review on Kai Po Che! (my review HERE) during the past month is Bollywood romantic comedy, Jab We Met by a very awesome blogger Nafees at IMDBwords. He was actually one of the first followers that I had and has stuck around and stops by quite a bit. I was wondering when he’d start recommending me some movies. He has pretty cool write-up on movie-related topics and also extends to other topics in his life as well. Definitely head on over to check out his blog!
Director: Imtiaz Ali
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Tarun Arora
Aditya (Shahid Kapoor) is a wealthy businessman who is depressed due to the recent passing of his father, the overwhelming problems that has taken over a good portion of the company his father left him, an unresolved feelings with his mother and the recent marriage of a woman that he loved. He aimlessly decides to go away and ends up on a train where he meets the carefree, very talkative and beautiful girl, Geet who is returning home to see her family but also planning to elope to be with the love of her life, Anshuman (Tarun Arora). However, in a little mishaps, she ends up missing the train and ends up having to chase down the train with her luggage and makes Aditya pay for her way and eventually get her home.
I’m just going to do the halfway point for this one. Maybe some of you won’t see this ever but Jab We Met is a pretty charming and sweet movie. I always say this and everyone knows it. Bollywood movies are extremely long, although in my opinion, Hollywood movies are generally getting pretty lengthy also. This one had a good pace because it was separated into two parts. The first part was more of a comedy and getting things in a good pace. Its like opening up a new perspective for our main guy Aditya and letting us bond with both of them. The second part I didn’t summarize on the top but its the romantic part. It was more sweet and cute and really heartwarming to watch.
I love romantic comedies and I’m not one to be too picky with them. Rom-coms are essentially supposed to be fun and enjoyable to watch and this one definitely fits in that category. Aditya, played by Shahid Kapoor is pretty handsome and charming, especially when he does this look that I couldn’t find on the internet but its like a “I’m in love” look or kind of helpless. The chemistry he has with Geet, played by Karena Kapoor (who I saw before in 3 Idiots) is pretty compelling. Kareena herself is extremely elegant and awesome. Seriously, the character of Geet kicked some serious butt because she was funny, carefree and just so down to earth. Those two cooked up some pretty entertaining scenes, even if one of them had some very bad CGI background.
I can’t really rate this against the other two Bollywood movies I’ve seen because those were very much drama or comedy and less romance. This one does have song and dance and rather frequently too. Most of it actually is put in at pretty reasonable parts and adds to the energy of the movie itself, except for that final final ending part. That felt a tad random. I probably would’ve enjoyed the end credits just that, but thats okay, its not technically part of the movie. The one things I do say is that for the first part, it felt a whole lot like Forces of Nature. You got it, the one with Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck ages ago (or maybe it just feels like its been a while) just the second half steers it away.
I would recommend this if you like romantic comedies. I had a good time with it and it was pretty entertaining, funny, and just a fun carefree ride. Its not really just about love but rather also how to face life in a different way (at least in the first half) and to take things into your own hands before you miss the chance. The chemistry is great between our leads and the characters grow and learn throughout the 2 hours plus of the flick. I had a good time and I think its worth giving this movie a chance 🙂
Thanks again to Nafees for recommending this rom-com to me! Remember to go check his blog out!