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Jhoom Barabar Jhoom
Devyani Srivastava / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
7.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
NA
NA
NA
NA
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Can watch again
NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
Energetic. Hyper. Over-the-top. Loud. Pure high-octane. We are, of course, not describing director Shaad Ali's previous Bunty Aur Babli, but his latest, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, which, though painted on a similar canvas, is a much bigger and bolder venture.

To begin with, JBJ has been shot extensively - and stunningly - in Paris and London (never before has the Asian hub of Southhall been paid homage to more refreshingly in mainstream Bollywood) - a credible first attempt by Ali.

While Bunty Aur Babli was the somewhat unusual love story between two pure-hearted con artists, in JBJ unfolds another hatke love story, that between Rikki Thukral (an uncouth Bachchan, sporting a ridiculous but apt 'Haryanvi' get-up that includes a Fu Manchu-style moustache, mismatched clothing and accessories, and a horrendously large topaz-stone ring) and Alvira Khan (Zinta, every-inch the British-born, mini-skirted, well-booted sophisticate).

In keeping with the Bollywood bump-and-grind tradition, these two opposites bump into each other at a bustling railway station in London, and grind their teeth in frustration when forced by circumstances - aka Cupid - to spend time in the other's company at the same restaurant table. Over the next two hours, much to their surprise, they swap not only anecdotes involving their colorful, intimate histories, but phone numbers, too.

Their consequent attraction is mutual, but so is their dilemma; both are engaged to be married to different people - Rikki to Anaida Raza (a drop-dead, gorgeous Dutta, purr-fectly French in her accent, and from the top of her coiffured head to the tip of her gleaming heels) and Alvira to Steve Singh (a hunky Deol, quite convincing as a shark lawyer).

Suffice to say that JBJ concludes on a happy note, not only for Rikki and Alvira, but for their prospective spouses as well. Meanwhile, there is plenty to appreciate apart from the plot developments, starting with Aki Narula's imaginative styling - enough has been said about Amitabh Bachchan's Pirates Of The Caribbean inspired look, but it works, and how!

Jhoom to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's catchy, pulsating rhythms, especially with Big B to the fabulous title track, which, happily, plays recurrently. Also, please do notice that huge chunks of the second half of JBJ are danced out, rather than acted out, by the talented ensemble cast, an unusual and bold move by a Bollywood director.

Laugh through certain memorable scenes, especially one where the heroines drop their groomed demeanor and throw insults at each other. Ali also pays tribute to his leading men and their legendary fathers in one beautifully shot scene - Deol and Bachchan riding atop a scooter identical to the one used by Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan in Sholay, complete with Yeh Dosti playing softly in the background.

Much after the curtain falls on this film, these bits stay with you. No better gauge to measure the worth of a film, we say!
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Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (hindi) reviews
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  • Cast
    Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Bobby Deol, Lara Dutta, Amitabh Bachchan
  • Music
    Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
  • Director
    Shaad Ali Sahgal
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Mady on 6th Jul 2007, 5:10pm | Permalink
ladies and gentlemen here is the crappiest and most annoying film of this decade.
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2
Hyd Boy on 23rd Jun 2007, 8:00pm | Permalink
bakwas movie and waste of time
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2
Sanjay K on 20th Jun 2007, 11:51pm | Permalink
if there was a ratig less than what i have selected ..this flick has to bw given less than that too !!!! bad AB junior for what you have done to yourself. even BIG B should not do this even if it is push the oung oe
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2
Priyanka Rao on 18th Jun 2007, 11:37am | Permalink
I just see a sadism in the reviews. Just for the fact that they have been tortured, they want everyone to go to the theatre and experience the same. So they are saying sweet things abt the movie. Save your selves
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2
Akshay on 18th Jun 2007, 4:52am | Permalink
The movie is a full-fledged fun-filled ride with little in the way of a story yet like his previous film BUNTY AUR BABLI he has managed to make an immensely entertaining and intermittently likeable film which leaves the viewer with a big smile on their face right from the very start till the very end…paisa vasool!
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10
Raj Joshi on 17th Jun 2007, 12:10pm | Permalink
its a mad & zany film in a good way.. and it is no everyone's cup of tea..abhishek does a good job
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8
Kumari Mallika on 16th Jun 2007, 2:54pm | Permalink
You are extrmely right mrs priyanka he should have given this rating for sivaji
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2
Priyanka Rao on 16th Jun 2007, 10:54am | Permalink
The reviewer is nuts. This movie is the worst from the Yashraj stable. Neal n Nikki was probably better than this. Seems the reviewer has been bribed to write this review. Never spend a penny on this movie. Take my word.
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2
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