The Cast and Crew
Imran Khan … Jai Singh Rathore (‘Rats’)
Genelia D’Souza … Aditi (‘Meow’)
Manjari Fadnis … Meghna
Ayaz Khan … Aditi’s fiancé
Karan Makhija … Ravindran (‘Rotlu’)
Sugandha Garg … Shaleen
Nirav Mehta … Jignesh Patel (‘Jiggy’)
Alishka Varde … Sandhya (‘Bombs’)
Pratiek Babbar… Amit Wadia
Anuradha Patel … Aditi’s Mother
Jayant Kripalani … Aditi’s Father
Ratna Pathak … Savitri (Jai’s Mother)
Naseeruddin Shah … Jai’s Father
Kitu Gidwani … Meghna’s Mother
Rajat Kapoor … Meghna’s Father
Arbaaz Khan … Bhaloo
Sohail Khan … Baghera
Paresh Rawal …Inspector Waghmare
Directed by Abbas Tyrewala
Produced by Aamir Khan and Mansoor Khan
Written by Abbas Tyrewala
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography Manoj Lobo
Distributed by PVR Cinemas
Release date July 4, 2008
Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na is a simple tale about a group of friends. Something like the Telugu film Happy Days. But the director on debut presented the film with such finesse that makes it a very absorbing experience. The innovative treatment of the story makes you enjoy the way the story is told.
Jai ( Imraan Khan) and Aditi (Genelia]) are very good friends. As is normal with youngsters, they hang out with their group of friends. They do have an undefined attraction towards each other. Their friends know that Jai and Aditi are made for each other. Even their parents know this as well. Everybody seems to know about this except the couple themselves.
This is an extremely simple story. Though many episodes in the film, including the climax, have been seen in lots of other movies, the freshness of narration makes the film watchable.
Of course, Jai and Aditi realize their love in the end.
On the debut, Imran Khan as Jai Singh Rathore aka Rats gives a very good performance. But, the show-stealer is Genelia. As Aditi, she has given a stellar show. Her bubbling presence is the spontaneous spirit of the film. Ratna Pathak Shah gives a memorable performance. Naseeruddin Shaw and Paresh Rawal excel in their roles.
The rest of the cast acquitted themselves with very fine performances.
The story, screenplay and the dialogues are the real assets of this film. Abbas Tyrewala, with his first film itself, scored a winner and he gives the feeling that he has a long innings in Bollywood. Music byA. R. Rahman is simply scintillating.
Cinematography by Manoj Lobo is pleasant and enhances the quality of visual narration. The film is technically well made.
Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na is an eminently watchable film. The freshness of the film and the fragrance of the characters truly enthrall you.
This is not a ready made film, but finely handcrafted multiplex movie.
3.5 out of 5