OK Jaanu is Ok Ok!
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Ok Jaanu, I wanted to take you to watch ‘OK Jaanu’ but then I gave an afterthought and decided to watch it first, just to check whether my Jaanu would really like it or not. You no na Jaanu I take care of you and your happiness. Acha listen, you know I was feeling guilty when I bought a ticket for myself without you. You no na Jaanu how much I love you….
Well Jaanu, when I entered the theatre I found there were some three to four pairs of Jaanus who had already secured some cozy corners for them. I was feeling as an odd man out. You know what happened when I saw the standy of OK Jaanu which was strategically placed near the food counter? The tagline of ‘OK Jaanu’ lifted my spirit . The tagline of OK Jaanu says ‘Figure out Karlenge’ and I felt good all of a sudden, I thought Mai bhi akele figure out karlunge … without you Jaanu..
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Once the movie began, it didn’t take me much time to figure out that OK Jaanu is just Ok Ok. Thank God, I didn’t bring you along with me. Meanwhile, I was curious and looking around to find the plight of those three to four pairs of Jaanus in the theatre. I was happy to find out that they were all quite engaged trying to figure out each other in the darkness. You know what Jaanu, you too would have felt like me that ‘OK Kanmani’ was far better than ‘OK Jaanu’. Shaad Ali has given a mediocre film with a lackluster kind of a story telling. The two new Jaanus are nowhere near the two Kanmanis - Dulquer Salman and Nithya Menon in acting and depicting chemistry on screen. The whole film appeared in bits and pieces. No intensity among the lead pairs. It semed they were not living the characters and were trying hard to be what they were asked to be by the director.
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My God Jaanu, Asli baath tho bolna bhool gaya, the Humma Humma track and the onscreen Jaanus dancing on the beat was supposed to be romantic but it turned out to be hilarious. Acha Jaanu tell me one thing, what happened to AR Rahman Saab…. I think you need to tell him that it’s OK Jaanu we understand that you cannot always give hit numbers. Well, it’s taking you time to churn out something new and unique which you used to do earlier but we are your fans sir we can wait for you. But only for you haan Jaanu.
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Jaanu I hope you remember the kammal ke Jodi of Prakash Raj and Leela Samson, well, here in OK Jaanu too, Nazeeruddin Shah and Leela Samson has tried to live upto that but could have been better yaar. I felt that we still have more expectations from you Jaanu Sir (Nazeeruddin Shah). Somewhere I found a ‘Waiting’ in you in OK Jaanu. Koi nahin we are Waiting’ for your Dhansuu appearance in your next project.
Nevertheless Jaanu, The movie’s concept is good haan. Two parallel love stories – one of a young couple in live-in relationship and the other two elderly couple in love with each other at their autumn of their life. Acha suno Jaanu, I must say, yes there were some moments where my eyes got moist. Especially when Leela Samson asks Nazeerudin Shah ‘ Acha Paplu agar mai tumhe Bhool gayi tho tumhra kya honga (What if I forget you … what will happen to you) ??? Gulzaar Saab’s dialogue used to be so good but I don’t know this time it was OK OK Jaanu type.
In short Jaanu, I feel we should let our friends know that if they have seen ‘OK Kanmani’ they can give a miss to ‘OK Jaanu’. It’s too hollow and superficial Jaanu except for some beautiful moments of Naseeruddin Shah and Leela Samson. Save your money… demonetization ka assar abh bhi jaari hai yaar.
Life Connoisseur Movie Rating: 1.5/5
Cast: Aditya Chopra (Adi), Shraddha Kapoor (Tara), Naseeruddin Shah (Retd Judge Gopi Srivastava), Leela Samson (Classical Singer Charulata), Kitu Gidwani
Genre: Romantic Drama
Director: Shaad Ali
Producers: Mani Ratnam, Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta, Hiroo Yash Johar
Story by: Mani Ratnam
Screenplay: Mani Ratnam
Based On: O Kadhal Kanmani by Mani Ratnam
Music by: A.R. Rahman
Cinematography: Ravi K Chandran
Edited by: A Sreekar Prasad
Production Company: Madras Talkies, Dharma Poductions
Distributor: Fox Star Studios
Release Date: 13th January, 2017
Duration: 137 Minutes