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05 December 2023

Fresh take on a tested formula

Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na Available (SUPPLIED)

By Bindu Rai and Adrian Murphy

One doubts director Abbas Tyrewala would have included Jai's (Imran Khan) mad dash through Mumbai airport, with complete disregard of security, had Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na been made post Mumbai's terror attacks last year. Or would he?

The scene is pure melodrama as the armed guards fail to nab the young Romeo who wants to stop Aditi (Genelia D'Souza) from heading to New York. In retrospect though, every other scene of Jaane Tu is dramatic, as expected of your typical Bollywood film. The difference here is Tyrewala's fresh take on a teen romance that is packaged with a sense of humour. Jai and Aditi are best friends but are blind to their growing romantic feelings.

Their relationship's ups and downs are narrated through a series of flashbacks by close pals who are killing time at the airport arrival lounge.

Jealousy, companionship and love are all put to the test in this coming-of-age film.

What probably makes Jaanu Tu click with audiences is its vision of modern India.

The characters are uncannily real and so are the gags – barring maybe the aforementioned airport dash.

Debutant Imran (actor-producer Aamir Khan's nephew) and Genelia impress and so does the supporting cast of friends. Special mention goes to real-life couple Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah shine as Jai's bickering and outrageously funny parents.

But Jaane Tu is truly Tyrewala'a baby all the way. A director to watch out for in future. DVD extras include the making of the film and deleted scenes.