One of the most tried and tested formula of attaining a hit is to have a fresh and young romantic tale. For some it works wonders while some end up biting the dust. A completely new team makes its entry in Hindi film industry taking the safe route of a love story Jo Hum Chahein but with an assurance of being 'different'. Let's find out whether their assurances work with the audience or not.
Rohan Bhatia, a self obsessed, over confident and cocky MBA graduate thinks the world is in his pockets and deals with every challenge in an overtly optimistic fashion. He joins a stock broking firm and there meets Vikram (Alyy Khan) who surprisingly gets impressed by the full of himself hero and introduces him to a top level investor Amrita Singh (Achint Kaur). A cougar Amrita develops the hots for the young boy who otherwise is head over heels on his babe Neha Kapoor (Simran Kaur Mundi). Neha is an upcoming model who believes in eternal love. One drunken night, Rohan ends up sleeping with Amrita and Neha finds out while simultaneously Rohan has also slept with Neha and now she is pregnant! Phew need I say more?
The biggest flaw in the film is the patchy writing and amateurish treatment. A very Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman type story is reworked and presented with new cast in a bid to make yet another Kumar Gaurav starrer Love Story showing no acknowledgement to the changing times and the advancement in audiences' taste.
In a typical fashion the rise of the self-obsessed hero is shown first followed by his fall and self actualization terming it to be a coming of the age love story. If that isn't enough, there's a convenient spin of friends denouncing the hero, the pregnant girlfriend wanting to retain the baby, added dollops of cheesy dialogue and songs.
The only thing commendable about the debutant filmmaker Pawan Gill is that he keeps the production values very high. The cinematography is great and the locations are brilliantly captured giving a very Yash Chopra film feel. Despite having a run of the mill storyline, he manages to extract convincing performances from his debut cast.
Debutant Sunny Gill gets a brilliant launch vehicle from his family of producer Aman Gill and director Pawan Gill. He looks extremely confident for a first time performance and shows great range in acting right from funny to dramatic to emotional. Former Miss India and newcomer Simran Kaur Mundi also complements him well.
Over all, Jo Hum Chahein should only remain as a show reel for both the newcomers to showcase their talent. As a film it fails to deliver.
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
(1.5 / 5) : Poor