A fresh new romantic comedy from the director of Socha Na Tha, Imtiaz Ali’s Jab We Met brings together the off-screen couple (as of today ex off-screen couple) of Shahid Kapur and Kareena Kapoor (after their disastrous Fida!).
The movie is about the lives of two people, Aditya (Shahid Kapur) and Geet (Kareena Kapoor). Aditya is a rich industrialist who feels his life is riddled with problems. A sub-conscious decision to board a Delhi-bound train helps him meet Geet, a gregarious girl with Joie de vivre, who is on her way to elope with her boyfriend in Manali. Their journey to meet Geet’s boyfriend is filled with humorous and endearing (Aditya interacts with Geet’s family in Bhatinda) moments, which help Aditya develop a fresh outlook towards life.
On returning back home to Mumbai, Aditya’s new attitude helps him win over all the obstacles in life. In the process he discovers that he has fallen in love with Geet. Happiness comes to a halt when Geet’s family, who believe that Aditya and Geet have eloped in secret, confront him questioning about Geet, who hasn’t contacted her family in months.
The second half of the movie is spent in Aditya tracking down Geet from Manali to Simla and the bringing her back home to her family. The climax is pretty predictable, but acceptable.
The premise is not entirely original, with many references to movies like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and Imtiaz’s own Socha Na Tha. But the freshness comes from the on-screen chemistry between the protagonists. Kareena’s zeal for life and boisterous nature make for a fun watch in the first half of the movie. Shahid’s acting prowess is very prominent with his transition from a serious, no-nonsense type to a fun-loving chap as the movie progresses.
One major highlight of the movie is the music. All the tracks are melodious and hummable. The club thumper, Mauja Hi Mauja is already a national craze.
Another aspect of the movie that is commendable is the filming of the various locations across India. Since the movie is a journey from Mumbai t Bhatinda to Manali to Simla, there are many locales that make for picturesque backgrounds.
The movie is what most movie-goers would call, a one-time watch. My rating, *** stars.