Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007) Movie Review – a dumb musical !

After nice Saathiya, pretty dumb but blockbuster Bunty Aur Babli, Shaad Ali ‘s third inning – Jhoom Barabar Jhoom has nothing new to offer. With every movie, director seems to grow, but in case of Shaad it’s only the star cast and the canvas of the movie which grows. There is absolutely nothing interesting in the movie except those peppy numbers and dangling hot bodes.

The quadrangle love story lacks the zeal.

Oh dear! GOD

Why the hell is Mr. Bachchan there in the first place?

Yash Raj Flims seemed to have lost their golden charm. For them every new movie is like a product, they just know how to pack it and market it. Jhoom Barabar Jhoom is just glamour effervesce minus soul. The whole movie couldn’t be more than one music video. The biggest culprit of the movie is its nothing happening first half, you could almost fall asleep. The movie takes momentum only after interval with all twists & comedies.


Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Bobby Deol, Lara Dutta, Amitabh Bachchan (sp. App.)


Rikki Thukral (Abhishek Bachchan) & Alvira Khan (Preity Zinta) is waiting in a busy railway station to receive their loved ones coming in the train from Birmingham. The train is delayed for 2 hours. Rikki is an energetic guy from Batindia, now settled in UK. He is smart enough to get things done in his own way. Alvira on the other hand, born in Lahore, but is British now and don’t like to have any reference of Pakistan.

Rikki initiated the chit-chatting and sooner they ended up telling their love stories to each other (As you already know, their lovers are Lara Dutta & Bobby Deol). Once the love story is told, the revised time for the train is reached. Both said good bye. Thanks again, the train is further late for 1 hour. They both run back to each other to continue the description of the love stories.

This time around, Rikki put a question to imagination. If they were not engaged already what would have been the situation…the train is come again for real and they parted giving their telephone numbers…

Guess what ?
It’s already interval.

By the end of the first half the film has gone out of hands from the director and I thought a sure disaster, however in the second half the film did a good come back with suspense and the dance competition followed kept the pace on.

Since Neal & Nikki, Yash Chopra, seems to have mastered in smoochology. Salaam Namaste, Dhoom 2 and now in JBJ. Lara Dutta seems to be pretty generous in this department sharing smooches with both the hero’s. While Preity gives near to showdown with Bobby Deol and a shy one with Abhishek.

The direction of movie is nothing above average, In spite of its technical cinematography brilliance and expensive costumes.
The wafer thin storyline spoilt the whole movie. Performance wise Abishek gets the meaty role, while Bobby is bit sidelined with impotent dialogues. Though manages to display some of his comic timing. Ruffy Bhai played by Piyush Mishra has performed his part perfectly well. His comic timing and catchy lines brings the house down. Preity just looks pretty with her flat tummy, but still gets overshadowed by Lara. Lara, with hot body and action does steal the show. Especially her French accent post interval is very funny.

The biggest led down among all the star is Mr. Bachchan.
Was it just marketing tactics?
Has he stooped such low, doing such miniscule role just to promote the movie?
He is completely wasted PERIOD.

Music is the only thing, which saves the movie. We must applaud Mr. Javed Shaab (sorry for previous mistake) Gulzar Shaab for penning some good songs with contemporary music by S-E-L. The songs have been well choreographed too; the last dance definitely is the pinnacle of the movie.

Jhoom Barabar Jhoom is a substance minus soul.

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