Jawaani Jaaneman is a feel-good film with some heartwarming moments. Saif Ali Khan is back and we couldn’t be happier. After Sacred Games, Tanhaji and now Jawaani Jaaneman it is great seeing him onscreen a film that fits his brand!
A carefree Jazz aka Jassi (Saif Ali Khan) is a real estate broker in London who’s all set to crack the biggest deal of his life. He’s a party animal who loves his freedom but is also crossing the age of 40. He meets a girl, Tia (Alaya) in the club, brings her home, tries to get steamy with her until she drops the “you might be my father” bomb on him. She statically explains to him how there’s a 33.33% chance that he’s her father. He’s not ready to sacrifice his freedom for her. The rest of the story is all about how Tia tries to stay close to Jazz and hope she gets her family together.
Saif Ali Khan, without a single iota of doubt, is the best ageing Khan of Bollywood. There could’ve been no better actor than him to portray Jazz and he breathes in a whole of swag to the character. A tailor-made role for Saif flawlessly performed & intriguingly written. Alaya is a charmer from the word goes. She has this unique aura around her because of which she doesn’t have to try hard to make people like her. She’s just there, doing her thing & the next moment, you’ll just relate to her. Yet again, an amazingly apt choice to cast for Tia. Kubbra Sait adds value to the narrative with her performance. Even she’s in the ‘natural’ zone and her character graph fluctuates through the second half. Though Kumud Mishra gets some funny lines it’s the classic Mishra we’ve seen many-a-times now. Expected something new & meaty. Tabu just plunders the space she’s in & enjoys a few of the best situational comedy scenes. Chunky Pandey shoots straight out of Housefull 4. He doesn’t even change the accent he carries from Aakhri Pasta.
Apart from attention-absorbing script, it’s Saif Ali Khan’s presence that keeps you hooked. After your done being envious of how cool he looks, you’ll start laughing with him on his lame jokes. The script makes its way through comedy & drama balancing both of them equally. It’s easy to watch, easy to recommend dramedy which is laced by some good performances.
I went in with zero expectation with the songs and came out with at least two good songs. Yasser Desai’s Bandhu Tu Mera has a huge Tum Hi Ho Bandhu hangover and it might grow after this. I totally loved Harshdeep Kaur, Akhil Sachdeva’s Mere Baabula & it stayed with me even after the film.