Nothing extraordinary about Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai

Nothing extraordinary about Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai

Source: General

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Monday 12 April 2010

Movie Title

Nothing extraordinary about Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai


Milap Zaveri

Star Cast

Ritesh Deshmukh, Jacqueline Fernandez, Vishal Malhotra, Sonal Sehgal, Ruslaan Mumtaz, Farah Khan

This is the week of films about unconventional relationships. While The Japanese Wife is all about love shared through letters, this one explores an inter-planetary romance.

So when do-gooder loser Rajesh (Riteish Deshmukh knows this role backwards) is upset at being given the let?s-be-friends drone by his heartthrob, he demands a soul mate from God. Next, a heavenly Jacqueline Fernandez falls into his lap.

This alien, landed straight from Venus, is quite a comic - imitating clips of Hindi movies and going food-crazy at a mall. Otherwise she?s annoyingly like an overgrown child, screaming, jumping, playing with toy ducks in the bathtub, that sort of thing. She?s here to discover love, an element sorely missing from her otherwise more evolved planet.

By the end of the film, Taara (as she?s named by clueless Rajesh) is torn between the charms of a film hero, and the simple affections of her Earthling host.

It?s a simple, charming premise explored by English movies a long time ago - a prime example would be Kim Basinger?s fab comedy My Stepmother is an Alien. Here, the story that starts out fun and fizzy, tumbles into the popular Bollywood pattern. Emotions are added, love happens at first sight, relationship triangles add woe? the end is never under dispute to the viewer. The actresses are introduced with leg and belly shots, and this skin-show fest goes on through the film.

Cameos are made by half the industry. Farah Khan, playing herself, is shown conversing with Shah Rukh Khan promising to take him in the next film. The flunky (hero?s best friend, played by Vishal Malhotra) is ready to jump on women, and tries getting Taara to enact some steamy scenes from a porn movie. This porn movie then finds itself in the hands of Rajesh?s father, another sleazy sort.

The photography, in keeping with the film?s feel, has bright, candy-coloured frames. Dialogue, when not falling into the mush trap, is often funny. There are lines like the two friends finding out that Taara is an alien and asking her if she knows ?Jaadoo? (the little alien from Krrirsh).

Debut director Milap Zaveri has had a prolific writing career with films like Jhankaar Beats, Masti, Kaante and Heyy Babyy. His storytelling is confident, yes, but not unique. With a skill of writing such diverse films, surely Zaveri has it in him to push the envelope.

He does extract good performances from the cast, however. This is Jacqueline Fernandez?s show all the way; she shows tremendous improvement from her debut in Aladin. Form comedy to romance to emotions, she gets to do the whole range and the graceful actress carries it off neatly.

Riteish is dependably good, but we?ve seen him enough in similar roles. Vikas Malhotra, Bollywood?s new hero?s-best friend-specialist, is reasonably funny.

Compared to the films we?ve been witnessing over the few weeks, this one would qualify as an average watch. A couple of moments of fun, that?s it.

Rating: 2 stars

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