Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Hindi Movie Review
Under the production house of Yash Raj Films, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom is the third directorial outing for Shaad Ali who has SAATHIYA and BUNTY AUR BABLI to his credit. Being a product of Yash Raj Films, this movie also boasts of a strong starcast. Jhoom Barabar Jhoom gets everyone's curious side up and this romantic comedy looks promising.
The story is about two people, Rikki Thukral(Abhishek Bachchan) and Alvira Khan (Preity Zinta), who happen to meet each other at London railway station, where they were waiting for their finances to arrive. To while away the two hours time, they end up telling each other about the encounter with their respective 'to-be-partners'. Rikki, a street-smart guy, is engaged to Anaida (Lara Dutta), a manager at the Hotel Ritz, Paris. Alvira, a princess by nature discovers her prince Steve (Bobby Deol), a millionaire lawyer, at Madame Tussaud's. The very little time Rikki and Alvira spent with eachother gets them into a complicated yet lovely mess. Getting attracted to each other, life was never the same again for them.
Shaad Ali's succeeds in retaining our attention throughout the movie. He has handled a number of sequences exceptionally well. There is no actual story in the movie but is fun filled. It's an assortment of interesting moments. The first half is slow paced and also dragged a little. The second half is fast moving and interesting. The locales of both London and Paris have been shot lavishly and exceptionally well. The movie is high on melody with music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy and lyrics by Gulzar saab, which is pulsating. Meticulous attention has been paid to the styling of the movie's main actors.
Abhishek Bachchan's performance is remarkable. He looks startling in his new look, colorful and trendy clothes. He is always in the lime light with excellent expressions and body language that compliment his dialogue delivery.
Preity Zinta, looks bubbling and gorgeous. The chemistry between Abhishek and Preity is mind blowing. She is equally competent and gives a commendable performance.
Bobby Deol carries away his dual role with ease and brilliance. Lara Dutta is confident and dazzling through out. Both have given a noteworthy performance in their very limited roles.
Amitabh Bachchan appears in flashes for the title song that pops up at small intervals throughout the moive.
Positives - Good performances by the lead actors. Good music. Some well crafted sequences.
Negatives - The first half is sluggishly paced. The movie has no substance and fails to gratify one's interest.
Overall, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom is a roller coaster ride, which is nonsensical yet entertaining at times.