Jawaani Jaaneman Movie Review: Jawaani Jaaneman Starring Saif Ali Khan And Alaya F Is A Hilarious Ride Which Is Worth Your Weekend Time
Like the film's title suggests, the protagonist of the film, Saif Ali Khan's character Jazz (Jassie), is totally in love, obsessed and immersed in his Jawaani (youth), as one remains with their 'Jaaneman'(lover). Based in London, Saif plays a man-child, who secretly gets his hair dyed by his hairdresser friend Priya, played by Kubbra Sait, at her salon. Jazz desperately tries to be young, cool and relevant on the dance floor in a nightclub by competing with youngsters on scoring drinks. Saif plays a flamboyant and charming party animal, who flirts unapologetically with women, irrespective of their age. Jazz bumps into a young girl played by Alaya F, and when he tries to shower his charm on her, she drops a bomb on him as she declares that he probably is her father, whom she is looking for. A DNA test confirms her claims and it turns Jazz's life upside down, as he turns not only into a father of a 21-year-old but also into a would-be grandfather as his young daughter is pregnant. How this turn of events happen and how Jazz, who wants to stay happily single all his life, as he states in a dialogue "Sher tabh tak raja hota hai jab tak wo akela hota hai", copes and deals with this life changing truth, forms the film’s plot. What I loved about this film the most is that in spite of the plot being so filmy, it doesn't become melodramatic, barring only a few minutes, where they have plugged in a sub-plot to show Saif's character going through an emotional redemption. When an old Indian lady sells off her property to a real-estate broker, Jazz requests him not to chop off a willow tree as it holds sentimental values and that sequence looked a bit unconvincing, and the tension that this issue spikes between the father-daughter duo looked a little stretched and could have been avoided. Saif Ali Khan is back in his most loved avatar, that of a sassy and sexy cool dude, the only difference is that this time he is playing an unapologetic 'cheesy daddy', who is using his unflattering traits to score girls. No one could have played the character better than Saif. The film will make you feel that the character was written keeping Saif in mind and the actor shines and glitters all through the movie. Saif is looking uber hot in all the frames, flaunting his chiseled jaw line and tattooed arms. This Nawab certainly knows how to kill with looks at 50. We often say that a star is born when we see a promising debut, but with Alaya it’s a promising actor that the industry has got. Not once will she make you realize that it's her first time on the 70 mm screen. This debutante is not only young and vibrant, but she also effortlessly fits into the skin of her character and shines all through the film. Alaya has an appealing screen presence that doesn't get shielded by Saif's charismatic charm. When Alaya as Tiya says, " Main papa dhundne aai thi par mujhe puri family mil gayi", her earnestness makes you feel the struggle and emotions that a teenager with single mother goes through. Tabu is Tiya's hippie mother Ananya from Amsterdam, who only comes to know about the identity of her daughter’s father, when her daughter enlightens her about the same. She has a small part to play, but her attempt to follow a spiritual path through meditation and drugs that she considers recreational, will bring a smile to your face. Tabu brings in the angle of how highly dysfunctional families struggle to co-reside in today's time. Kubbra Sait, Kumud Mishra, Farida Jalal and Chunky Pandey have made their needful contribution to the film. The ultimate entertainer of this film that keeps you engaged is its dialogues. The dialogues have epic punches that help in bringing out the core of the film i.e. 'men being men', and their phobia towards responsibility and commitments. It's rare to see a family drama that turns out to be an out-and-out comedy entertainer courtesy its hilarious dialogues, crisp editing and engaging screenplay. Saif delivering them with aplomb makes this film a total laugh riot. Nitin Kakkar has done a brilliant job in executing the script with his able direction, else a light-hearted film like this, with confusing relationships, could have been messed up easily. Few songs from the film like the remixed version of Ole Ole and Gallan Kardi will make you want to groove. Especially Saif's swanky avatar in the remixed version of his own song Ole Ole right in the beginning, sets your mood for the rest of the film. This light-hearted family entertainer has all the elements of a perfect entertainer, which you can enjoy with your family this weekend. I will give this film a 3.5 out of 5 stars.