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Movie review: Its definitely not `OK Jaanu' – an immature love story
The storyline: Adi (Aditya Roy Kapur) is a game designer hailing from Lucknow who dreams of relocating to the US and living the American dream. He happens to meet Tara (Shraddha Kapoor) at a friend's wedding. Tara has recently graduated from architecture school and is working in an architecture firm. She wants to head to Paris for higher education. Soon both come close to each other and develop a bonding. However, at the same time, they strongly feel that marriage isn't for them. So, they decide to move in together before embarking upon their separate lives. But will they part ways after all?

Cast: Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Leela Samson

Director: Shaad Ali

Genre: Romantic drama

Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes

IMDb rating: 6.8/10

Review:

A slightly modified version of Mani Ratnam's Tamil hit OK Kanmani, OK Jannu is a breezy love story which falls short of expectations. Although the lead pair of the 2013 superhit Aashiqui 2 is once again back in OK Jaanu, but unfortunately fails to recreate the same magic. The film is pale and predictable.

The movie which was supposed to be a coming of age cinema, rather comes across as an immature love story with young lovers seemingly in a hurry to lock lips at the slightest opportunity, while we thought love was more about emotions. Come on, grow up! Love can't be all about getting physical, can it?

Acting-wise the lead pair looks fresh and convincing as young lovers. OK Jaanu intricately fiddles with modern urban relationships and puts them to scrutiny, like it has been experimented many a times in Bollywood. So, there's nothing new about the film's subject and treatment either, as every third movie in Bollywood today talks about live-in relations.

Strongly echoing together that "marriage is for fools", the couple moves in together into the home of retired judge Gopi Srivastava (Naseeruddin Shah) and his wife Charulata (Leela Samson), a classical singer. The stories of both couples run in parallel contrast to each other.

Gopi is a dotting husband who never lets Charulata out of his sight, as she's a second-stage Alzheimer's patient, and her condition is rapidly deteriorating. The husband not only cooks for her but also takes complete care of the household. Gopi serves as a friend and mentor to Adi, giving him lessons about love and life.

What is particularly strange about the film is that although the young-love birds are norm-defying and have their individual agendas well-set, both seem to lack the drive to pursue their goals. One one hand, Adi strangely visualises a game idea in his dream and wins praises from his boss after programming it, Tara is seen packing her bag and leaving her office whenever Adi summons her for a coffee date.

The film's storyline and screenplay is monotonous and very much predictable. The audience exactly knows what will happen next. As the date of the couple's parting ways approaches, Adi is wondering whether Tara is his biggest mistake, while Tara considers the six-months spent with Adi, as the best period of her life.

AR Rahman's music in the film is a clear case of old wine in a new bottle as most songs have been rendered from the film's Tamil version in Hindi. The most popular track is rapper Badshah's version of the 90s popular Rahman hit `Humma Humma', which still sounds fresh.

The final verdict is that OK Jaanu is good only in parts and not as a complete package. It is definitely watchable, but for me that's not `OK Jaanu'.

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