Review of the movie ‘OK Jaanu’ by G 9 DivyaSolgama
Director Mani Ratnam is considered to be among India’s finest director and many of his movies have been dubbed or remade in our Hindi films. Feroz Khan’s ‘Dayavan’ was the first big film to be a remake of Mani Ratnam’s classic ‘Nayakan’ followed by Rishi Kapoor’ ‘Kasak’, Aditya Pancholi’s ‘YaadRakhegiDuniya’ and ‘Vansh’. Then came the series of his directed dubbed films like ‘Roja’ and ‘Bombay’ which made Mani Ratnam’s rightful mark in Hindi film industry. He also made few bilingual films like ‘Dil Se’, ‘Yuva’, ‘Guru’ and ‘Ravan’. In between there were few more dubbed films like ‘Dalpathi’ and ‘ChorChor’ which failed to get its deserved due. So besides ‘Roja’ and ‘Bombay’, none of his dubbed films nor the remakes manage to make its mark until the release of ‘Saathiya’, which was directed by Mani’s assistant Shaad Ali. Shaadmanaged to capture the right soul and perfect essence of its original and ended up being one of his best works till date along with the best remade film of Mani Ratnam in Hindi. Almost, a decade and a half later Shaad Ali comes back with another remake of Mani Ratnam’s film in the form of ‘OK Jaanu’. So let’s find out whether Shaad Ali will be able to recreate the magic again or might end up giving us one more weak film, just like his last few films.
‘OK Jaanu’ is a story of a young gamer Aditya (Aditya Roy Kapur) whose dream is to make a Mumbai based video game for a top American company. He stays in the house of Judge Srivastav (Naseeruddin Shah) and his ailing wife Charulata (Leela Samson). Aditya meets Tara (Shraddha Kapoor), an aspiring architect whose dream is to seek specialization from Paris. Love blooms between Aditya and Tara and they decide to move into a live in relationship as both of them want to focus on their respective careers and do not agree with the institution of marriage. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technical Details:
The story as we all know is a remake of Mani Ratnam’s Tamil film ‘O KadhaiKanmani’. The original film works mainly due to its sweet and wonderful moments and beautifully woven screenplay. In case of ‘OK Jaanu’, the first half of the film has some of those sweet moments in form of scenes like Aditya-Shraddha’sintroductional meet in church and discussing about the side effects of love and marriage. Aditya attending classical music show followed by his bonding with Naseeruddin Shah and Leela Samson, Aditya’s goofy antics in Ahemdabad followed by the passionate sexual tension between Aditya and Shraddha, Aditya-Shraddha convincing Naseeruddin and few more scenes work as the main highlight of the first half of the film. Along with these scenes the entire track of Naseeruddin Shah and Leela Samson is outstanding. The elderly couple’s love story touches you more than the younger ones. Sadly, the curse of second half strikes out as the screenplay keeps dragging for a long time with minimal happenings in the film. The scenes were forced and the finale part was over stretched with the lack of conviction factor in it. The character’s sudden transformation (Aditya’s change of heart, Shraddha hugging her mother in the climax shot, Aditya-Shraddha’s fight, etc ) in the finale seemed unconvincing. The whole casual bonding in the initial part of the film also was less impactful followed by the technical glitches and continuity jerks. The cinematography is good and works as one of the key elements of the film. The usage of South Mumbai (historic monuments, BEST bus, local trains, eateries, Babulnath temple, etc) acts as an additional screenplay in the movie.
A.R Rahman’s score in the Tamil version was mind-blowing. Sadly, out here ‘OK Jaanu’ and ‘EnnaSona’ are strictly average. ‘The Humma Song’ lacks the original magic. ‘KaaraFankaara’ was bad. ‘SunnBhavara’ was nice. The background music on the other end was superb and went well with the flow of the film.
Shaad Ali’s last few films failed miserably thus, the expectations were very high with ‘OK Jaanu’ as it marked the return of Shaad into his safe and comfort zone. There’s no doubt that ‘OK Jaanu’ is much better than his last film, but nowhere in comparison to his debut romantic film ‘Saathiya’. He manages only to recreate some of those many wonderful moments due to which the movie falls flat in the second half. The movie could have been much better if only the second half had a few good moments and the connect factor.
Aditya Roy Kapur is sweet in parts due to his goofy antics, but fails to connect in the dramatic portions. Shraddha displays a decent performance and does justice to her character. Together, both of them look great but fails to recreate the magic of ‘Aashiqui 2’. Naseeruddin Shah and Leela Samson do full justice to their track, which is one of the strongest positive point of the film. Leela Samson deserves a special mention for her remarkable facial expressions. KituGidwani was wasted. PralhadKhakkar was hamming to the fullest.
On an overall basis, ‘OK Jaanu’ ends up being an OK type of half-baked product which works in parts due and had all potential to become a great film, just like its original one.
Rating – 2.5/5(Source – Bollywood Times)