Jaan–E–Maan (2006) Movie Review – the movie belongs to Salman !
To be brutally honest, it takes time to absorb a new format of storytelling. Within first 30 minutes most of things happen including three songs;
Akshay Kumar floating in space in an astronaut’s uniform engaged in a romantic embrace with a blonde she-astronaut (not a dream sequence).
Filmfare awards with Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Amitabh, etc … while Salman holding trohpy.
Followed by Broadway inspired musical flashback, a punks-infested college campus, a qawaali featuring Snow White’s seven dwarfs to finally enter a swanky neighbourhood in New York City.
Too much is thrown in very less time, but firs ttitme director knows how to handle the chaos.
Cast: Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Preity Zinta, Anupam Kher
It’s not an exceptional story but the treatment rendered makes the whole ride an enjoyable one. Jaan-E-Mann primarily revolves around Suhaan Kapoor (Khan), a struggling actor with no real talent but truckloads of ambition. He is sweet but self-centred, charming but irresponsible, stylish but cocky. And even though it’s not mentioned in the film, I am sure in his spare, jobless time, he watches a lot of mushy fare.
His inspiration, drawn from films like Win a Date with Tad Hamilton, Hitch and Kal Ho Naa Ho, is evident in his tips to tutor ‘Champoo’/Agastya Rao (Akshay Kumar), a awkward NASA type, into a splitting image of himself to impress the elusive dream girl.
A flashback, ten years back in time, reveals Agastya and Suhaan share the same alma mater.
The former was a geek (by filmi definition) of the first order with thick glasses, curly bushy hair, braces and fondness for colourful, frilly shirts and suits. He pretty much resembles the high school version of Ross Gellar (from the hit television sitcom, Friends), sans the moustache, in his hideous avatar.
While Suhaan with his rock star appearance leading a heavy metal band enjoys the cool dude status. And as Kunder would have it, both have the hots for the same girl -Ã¯Â¿Â½ Piya (Preity Zinta).
Whom does Piya love?
Why is Suhaan helping out Agastya?
The twist in the past and the turn in the future are best left unrevealed to enjoy the film better.
Despite fatigue wearing his face, arrogance and self-confidence sit well on Salman Khan. The part is tailor made for him. His changing accent has always been a subject of speculation. He plays on those lines here, putting his best yuppie twang forward, whether for doing an audition for Boo Boo diapers or begging an American filmmaker for a part on television.
Mujhse Shaadi Karogi established an easygoing camaraderie between Salman and Akshay Kumar. Jaan-E-Mann bonds them further. Speaking of Akshay, he may dub ‘Jaan-E-Mann an out-an-out-Salman film,’ but the actor is simply a knockout.
JAAN-E-MANN has its heart in the right place. As pointed out at the outset, it takes time to get used to Shirish’s style of narrating a story. The initial reels may give you the feeling that it’s all gloss, no soul and perhaps, the director has lost his marbles and experimented at the expense of an uncompromising producer [Sajid Nadiadwala], but JAAN-E-MANN catches you slowly, but firmly and doesn’t leave you till the end.