A bad attempt at one of the masterpieces of the recent past
| Haricharan Pudipeddi
Few films remain as masterpieces no matter how many times you attempt to remake it. 'Jab We Met' starring Shahid Kapur and Kareena Kapoor is one such film that qualifies to be part of the category I'm referring to. The film surprisingly was remade in all southern languages: Kannada, Malayalam and Tamil, and now finally in Telugu, but its impact when compared to the original has always been disappointing.
Bharath is introduced as a heartbroken man as the girl he loved was getting married to someone else. He is physically present but mentally lost deep into the darkness. Unable to congregate courage he drifts away from his home and aimlessly boards a train. Call it destiny, Tamannah, a gorgeous looking but annoyingly talkative yet very lively young girl boards the same train to go to her home town.
Irked by Tamannah's chatter, Bharath gets off the train. Tamannah in an attempt to get him back on the train ends up missing the train herself. She accuses him for the mess and reasons it his responsibility to take her home. In the journey that followed, both get to understand and know more about each other. What happens between Bharath and Tamannah forms the rest of the story?
Quentin Taraintino, once in an interview said; all my films have scenes copied from some movie that I've watched, but I've always ensured to work hard and reproduce something far superior than original. Our directors on the other hand hardly seem to put in any effort to produce anything spectacular, sparring films like Ghajini and Rang De Basanti. Director Kannan is one of the recent examples of such catastrophe. Despite a strong script and an older version to bank upon, Priya Priyatama seemed to have
gone completely haywire.
Bharath was no different than his roles in other films. Without putting in hardly any effort he blindly mimicked Shahid in every way possible. And, Tamannah in no way was anywhere close to the likes of Kareena. She missed all the energy that Kareena pumped into the role, while Bharath was no comparison to Shahid. Both, Bharath and Tamannah without a doubt were not the right pick for the characters. The
director should've opted for someone senior or may be someone who has played similar characters in the past.
Technically, the film succeeded in bringing to life some stunning locales. Neither did the cinematography
nor the music by Vidyasagar could provide anything worthy to talk or hear. The direction was aimless, as if Kannan was directing for the first time, with a mental block. Story also remained same throughout, expect here, Tamannah is asked marry her uncle. Whereas in the original she flees away to seek refuge at her beau's place. The film irritates you by flaunting the same story, same locales and the same
characters. It appears even more ridiculous when every dialogue that the actors deliver here turn out to be true translation of those rendered by the actors in the Hindi film.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
1 out of 5 (Poor)
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Average
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good