Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur's
OK Jaanu has hit the theatres. While the film is an official remake of Mani Ratnam's 2015 hit O Kadhal Kanmani that starred Dulquer Salmaan and Nithya Menen in the lead roles. Helmed by Shaadi Ali, OK Jaanu reunites the superhit Aashiqui 2 jodi of Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor to reprise the characters of Adi and Tara played by Dulquer and Nithya in the original. Is the film worth your money? Well, here's our take on Shraddha - Aditya's latest outing on screen...
What's it about OK Jaanu is the story of non committal Tara and Adi who want to focus on their careers. Adi is a game developer whose only aim is to make it big and go to the US. Adi accidentally meets Tara first at the railway station and then at a friend's wedding. The two instantly hit it off and even exchange numbers. During the course of their interaction Tara reveals to Adi about her plans of pursuing architecture in Paris. Adi and Tara at the beginning decide that marriage isn't meant for him and opt for a live-in relationship instead. How they convince an elderly couple (Naseeruddin Shah and Leela Samson) to accept this modern concept and let them live in their home and how the former get influenced by the latter's love forms the second half of the movie. Do Tara and Adi pick their careers over love? Well, you'll have to watch the film to find out.
While the film's lead protagonists are Shraddha and Aditya and the story revolves around their lives, it is Naseeruddin Shah and Leela Samson's love story that will touch you the most. Yes, Mr and Mrs Srivastava give this otherwise regular story some much needed depth. There's nothing wrong with Mani Ratnam's
OK Jaanu story, yes it is not a Romeo Juliet and it does not have some trying situations for the couple to fight and realise their love for each other. But not all love stories need tragedy and sometimes it is in fact an easy breezy romance that makes for a good watch. It's a regular girl meets boy story and how their initial attraction transforms to some strong feelings for each other.
Aditya and Shraddha fare well as actors in this one. The part actually lends to Aditya's real life easy personality and hence he manages to do justice to his character in most parts. While Aditya's good looks and charming smile will keep you distracted there is one particular scene where Shraddha tricks him about their parents meeting to take their relationship forward, where the actor shines by emoting perfectly. Shraddha as the happy-go-lucky girl does a good job.
The dialogues penned Gulzar give you a wide variety. While you have Adi and Tara mouthing lines that most youngsters do, the language and nuances change when senior actors take stage. There's one part where Mr Srivastava asks Adi to help him fold his sleeve up as he's amidst household chores. Naseeruddin Shah says, "
Mere aasteen upar kar do" and you know that Gulzar is at work.
AR Rahman's music and Ravi K Chandran's cinematography will win you. Shaad Ali proves that he loves Mani Ratnam and literally recreates frame-by-frame of the original (
OK Kanmani). And yes, Anita Dongre deserves a special mention for Shraddha and Aditya's styling. The hues and the clothes are so impressive that you'd want a makeover asap. VIDEO
Humma Humma song seems a complete misfit. It's too forced and visually jarring. And I'm not complaining about the perfectly choreographed moves inside a hotel room. But the whole vibe, is too abrupt. Juvenile as it may seem, Shraddha's hot pants with latkans hurt your eyes and one wonders if she's indeed going to sleep in those. A feeling you often have while you catch one of the saas bahu promos on TV. ( Also read: ) OK Jaanu music review
While Shraddha and Aditya both fare decently through the first half, the emotional scenes are a major let down. There's very little scope for an actor to NOT perform in this film, and the climax is where the real test lies. Unfortunately both Shraddha and Aditya fail to make you feel for their characters when it is most needed. What's worse is you have two prolific actors in the same frame. And yes, Shaad Ali has a massive Saathiya hangover.
What to do
will be a treat to OK Jaanu Shraddha and Aditya fans. If you are a sucker for romantic films or then easy movies then you wouldn't mind spending your two hours and fifteen minutes in the theatre for this one.
3.5 out of 5
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