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Jawaani Jaaneman Movie Review: Saif steals the show in this quirky comedyRonak Kotecha, TNN, Updated: Jan 31, 2020, 10.58 AM IST

Critic's Rating: 3.5

Jawaani Jaaneman Story: A 40-something single man, high on life, finds out that he has a 21-year-old daughter. Not just that she is also pregnant. Will he rise up to the occasion or continue to live his free-spirited life in denial?Jawaani Jaaneman Review: “Kya main lagta hoon unhappy married types?” asks Jaswinder Singh aka Jazz to a 21-year-old Tia (Alaya F). Minutes later she drops a bomb on him revealing that there is a 33.3% chance that he is her father.Director Nitin Kakkar wastes no time in unraveling this quirky plot much of which is revealed in the promo, but the film still has its moments. The snappy first half is quite a riot as we are introduced to Jazz’s (Saif Ali Khan) uber-cool life. It is marked by wild partying and hooking up with girls half his age.Saif has always been a natural at playing the suave and urbane kinds with the right dose of sophistication. He also brings out the vulnerability of his character despite his unhinged ways. Debutante Alaya F is confident as a young girl trying to reunite with her father against all odds. This new talent definitely shows promise and potential. Thankfully, her character and her performance are minus the melodrama and the theatrics, leaving you with emotional, but several light-hearted moments . Watching Tabu as a spiritually empowered hippy is quite refreshing, but the talented actress barely has any screen time or real purpose in the narrative. While Saif and Tabu come together after a long time, but here, they barely share any memorable moments. Among the supporting cast, actress Kubbra Sait has a stunning screen presence. Her character of a young divorced woman looking for a mature relationship is bound to resonate with many. Farida Jalal, Chunky Panday and Kumud Mishra also lend good support.The film is highly entertaining in the first half when the narrative is light and breezy. The pace drops in the second half as it meanders towards predictable and slightly preachy parts. Especially, for single men who want to fly solo all their life. But in the end, 'Jawaani Jaaneman' comes out a winner with its non-judgmental approach and a contemporary story that showcases complex human relationships with all its quirks, firmly in place. 

 In-depth Analysis

Our overall critic’s rating is not an average of the sub scores below.

Direction:3.5/5

 Dialogues:3.0/5 

 Screenplay:3.5/5 

 Music:3.0/5 

 Visual appeal:3.0/5


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Jawaani Jaaneman Movie Review: Saif Ali Khan Embodies the Peter Pan Who Never Grew Up

Given its Modern Familyesque tilt, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu and Alaya F starrer Jawaani Jaaneman seems poised to score well with the old-in-the-tooth as well as the young at heart city slickers!

UPDATED ON: JANUARY 31, 2020, 12:06 PM ISTPriyanka Sinha Jha , News18.com

Jawaani Jaaneman Movie Review: Saif Ali Khan Embodies the Peter Pan Who Never Grew Up

Jawaani Jaaneman

Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Alaya F, Tabu, Kumal Kemmu, Anil Kapoor

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Director: Nitin Kakkar

With a rom-com repertoire that stretches across decades, Saif Ali Khan embodies the Peter Pan who never grew up. And now once again, the specious Indian rom-com hero returns in Jawaani Jaaneman, much to the delight of those who have watched him charm his way through movies like Dil Chahta Hai, Hum Tum, Salaam Namaste, Kal Ho Na Ho, Love Aaj Kal amongst many others.

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At a time when Hindi cinema has discovered a fount of stories in issues surrounding male vanity, virility or sexuality be it Bala, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan among others, exploring the Peter Pan syndrome among movin’-n-shakin’ urbane Indian males may not entirely be breaking new ground. But Jazz from Jawaani Jaaneman, a playboy past his prime yet not looking to settle down for a happily-ever-after is a bit of a novelty. He’s a basic guy who likes the good life—lives in a swanky house and parties like there’s no tomorrow. His nightlife adventures early in the film clearly establish him as a man who enjoys playing the field relentlessly. Things are going swimmingly well until his past catches up and he discovers a love child (Alaya F) who makes her way into his life. Writers Hussain Dalal and Abbas Dalal’s script relies heavily on Khan’s dependable, good ol’, somewhat been-there-seen-that suave. I wish they had given the actor more new material to work with, in the early parts of the film.

It’s only when the script introduces Jazz (Saif Ali Khan) to his young progeny (Alaya F) that we see the charm shine, effectively playing off the ensuing awkward situations. For the most part the film maintains the breezy, light-hearted tone rather fortuitously. As a matter of good judgment, this one steers away from the shaadi and suchlike matrimonial proceedings sticking firmly to the father-daughter track and creating much mirth and humour in the bargain.

The cast, especially Tabu as the hippie mother is delightful, and Farida Jalal after a hiatus reminds us of why she remains a favourite mother on screen. Kumud Mishra, like always is a dependable presence, filling in the slots with utmost sincerity. And Kubra Sait as a woman who wants a mature relationship instead of pointless flings shows much promise and here’s hoping to see her more often, in meatier roles. As for Saif Ali Khan as the desi playboy in London- he slips into the skin of the character with great ease and owns it as only he can. Jazz, although an urbane character is not exactly the debonair player we are accustomed to seeing Khan as he rarely misses a beat here.

However, in all fairness the highest praise must be reserved for Alaya F. The newbie holds her own confidently and displays a natural charm, which with experience could prove to be a certain advantage. A combination of sass and innocence, she is certainly a talent to watch out for.

As for the film's director Nitin Kakkar (best known for Filmistaan), Jawaani Jaaneman is likely to catapult him into the league of directors who can handle big star cast films catering to a wider mainstream audience.

Given its Modern Familyesque tilt, Kakkar’s latest offering seems poised to score well with the old-in-the-tooth as well as the young at heart city slickers!

Rating: 3/5 stars

Posted: 2 years ago

Jawaani Jaaneman movie review: A fun watch

Jawaani Jaaneman movie review: A little more consistency with the writing, and a re-upping of the fun-meter would have made Jawaani Jaaneman super. As it is, it is fun while it lasts.

  • Written By Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi |
  • Published: January 31, 2020 12:40:57 pm

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Jawaani Jaaneman movie cast: Saif Ali Khan, Alaya F, Kubbra Sait, Kumud Mishra, Chunky Panday
Jawaani Jaaneman movie director: Nitin Kakkar
Jawaani Jaaneman movie rating: 2.5 stars

Jazz aka Jasvinder Singh is living it up in London town, alternating between being a near-broke broker and a cool swinger making moves on hot babes. He is single, and man, does he mingle. And then one fine evening, as he tries his trusty pick-up lines on a girl young enough to be his daughter, he learns that he is, in fact, a dad. Whoopsie.

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Don’t worry, I am not giving anything away. If you watched the trailer, you will know that this is the nub of Jawaani Jaaneman, which deposits Saif Ali Khan back into his comfort zone, of the eternal playboy pushing desperately back at advancing middle-age and grey locks, whose revolving bedmates are the only high points of his bench-pressing, weight-lifting, booze-swilling bachelor life.

This familiar character which Khan has made his own (Ole ole, that song, pops up as a reminder of how long he’s been at it), is given something extra here: a ready-made daughter whom he didn’t know existed till she brings him down to earth with demands of a DNA test, locking him into reluctant paternity, and the potential softening of his edges. No question of him blowing her off permanently: this is a Bollywood movie filled with the usual suspects – daddyji, mummyji (Jalal), bhaiyya (Mishra) and bhabhi, so clearly Jazz has no choice but to embrace his new-found papa-hood.

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There’s a thread justifying Jazz’s broker-hood, involving cockney-accented property dealers, panoramic vistas of the Thames, and booze-swilling old ladies unwilling to budge from their Hounslow apartments, which acts as buffer between the real deal: the growing awareness of the importance of ‘family values’ in a man who equates marriage with ‘death’’

Which just shows the struggle of even new-agey Bollywood when it starts to go down the free-wheeling money-for-nothing-sex-for-free route: it’s okay for a leading man (or, horrors, lady) to hanker after multiple sexual partners, but there needs to be a finiteness to it. Most importantly, there needs to be the recognition of just how empty an aging-singleton’s life is, at the end of the day. And a redemption.

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Is this the movie’s way of bringing Jazz back into the family fold (bad boy turning into a responsible, nappy-changing man), or is this the character’s arc in the original source material? (Apparently, Jawaani is a remake of a Western rom-com, which is perhaps why it feels like a Holly-Bolly movie, in the way the characters speak). The post-interval whiff of moralizing finger-wagging makes Jawaani dip, as well as the many too-convenient dispatching of potentially thorny problems: there are contrivances here which don’t all ring true. There’s also a scene with racist overtones: in a movie which is trying to strike a non-judgemental gong for babies out of wedlock, it is off-putting.

Till the film focuses on Jazz and his pursuit of hedonism, it is fun. Jazz is fun. Saif Ali Khan who seems to have pulled himself out of a slump, is clearly having a blast, flaunting buffed tattooed biceps, and bunging Punjabi-isms into his patter: when asked who else lives in his apartment, his ‘main or mera swag’ makes us smile. His partner-in-crime, Chunky Panday’s nightclub-owner, is fun too (until he’s given a drippy scene to help Jazz mend his ways). Kubbra Sait’s crack hair-dresser Rhea, Jazz’s 2 am friend, is trope-y (just like all BFFs whose shoulder is meant to be leaned on), but she fills her part with real feeling. Mishra and Jalal fit right in too.

The one surprise, not exactly in a good way, is Tabu, who shows up in an extended cameo. As Anaya, who had ‘sambhog’ with Jazz in her misbegotten youth, and who has clearly not given him a thought after, she should have been a hoot. But her hippy-till-I-die, spliff-waving, yoga-loving, chakra-aligning, flaky character never really comes together. Mamma Mia’s Meryl Streep’s don’t-know-who-your-father-is-mum may have been an inspiration, and Tabu is just the right actor for it, but not when she’s given so little to work with.

Debutant Alaya F, daughter of Pooja Bedi, makes up for it by her pleasingly sweet, limpid-eyed insistence on acceptance and, yes, that thing called love which never goes out of vogue. She works well with Saif Ali Khan, who is clearly having a moment: they look as if they could belong, off screen as well.

A little more consistency with the writing, and a re-upping of the fun-meter would have made Jawaani Jaaneman super. As it is, it is fun while it lasts.

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Jawaani Jaaneman movie review: Saif Ali Khan takes jibes at middle age head on, Alaya F makes assured debutFirstpost   • Jan 31, 2020 09:15 IST  

By Udita Jhunjhunwala

Language: Hindi

A commitment-phobic, unmarried middle-aged Punjabi man in London misreads a nightclub pick up. After a routine of drinking, dancing and meaningless hook-ups, Jazz (Saif Ali Khan) meets his match in an uber-confident Tia (Alaya F). While he sets his apartment to seduction mode (mirror ball, mood lighting, and white wine), she has other things on her mind.

Jawaani Jaaneman movie review: Saif Ali Khan takes jibes at middle age head on, Alaya F makes assured debut

Saif Ali Khan in a still from Jawaani Jaaneman. YouTube

The girl with a wide smile and endless enthusiasm reveals there is a 33.33 percent chance he is her estranged father. Director Nitin Kakkar’s love story follows all the beats of a basic romantic comedy, except that the love is paternal. 

Although crediting Argentinian feature Igaulita A Mi, writers Hussain Dalal and Abbas Dalal mash up other films from the genre. Among them, Mama Mia, where a Bohemian mother (Meryl Streep, replaced by Tabu) reveals any one of three men could be her daughter’s father. 

In Jawaani Jaaneman, a DNA test will establish whether 21-year-old Tia’s gamble of coming from Amsterdam to London in search of her father has paid off. As the doctor with the DNA test results, Kiku Sharda ups the tempo in a comedy that depends wholly on Saif Ali Khan. It turns out to be a buy-one-get-one-free result. Not only does Jazz discover he is a father, but that he is going to become a grandfather too.

Unwilling to compromise on his carefully curated minimalist (he appears to have only two friends, and a limited wardrobe of rock band fan T-shirts) yet hedonistic life, Jazz gently but firmly pushes Tia away, pregnancy and all. Whenever he recovers from his hangover, he focuses on his day job as a real estate broker.

Soaking in alcohol and barely bothering to remember the name of his hook-ups is the cloak Jazz wears to mask loneliness. In all this, Tia is getting on with her life while lurking on the periphery of Jazz’s life.

Khan has played the party-loving, commitment-shy urban young man several times. This time, he takes on an age-appropriate role, where that same fellow from Salaam Namaste and Cocktail is now dying his hair, coming to terms with a mid-life crisis while holding on to a colourful past. His enduring relationships are with his brother and business partner Dimpy (Kumud Mishra), nightclub owner buddy Rocky (Chunky Pandey, unable to shake off Aakhri Pasta’s accent from the Housefull franchise even as a Londoner), and hairstylist (Kubbra Sait).

Khan is charming and funny, and takes the jokes about middle age head on. It is a role tailor-made for him, and he plays it with glee. Alaya makes an assured debut. She gets a finely written character. It is refreshing to see an emancipated Indian girl living her life without fearing judgment, and Alaya manages to convey Tia’s longing as well as her self-belief.

Tabu injects energy into the latter scenes as Tia’s new-age mother who curls up her nose as she senses bad energy in Jazz’s apartment. One feels cheated for seeing her in a short parody role but Tabu is a hoot, and does not waste a moment.

A side-plot about a housing redevelopment project does not fit in smoothly but otherwise, Kakkar steers clear of chest-thumping melodrama and old-school moralising. The content is mostly flippant with a few meaningful moments punctuating an easy-breezy coming-of-age story about a modern Indian family.

Rating: ***

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‘Jawaani Jaaneman’ movie review: Maximum fun and minimum fuss – and a top-notch Saif Ali Khan

Nitin Kakkar directs Saif Ali Khan, Tabu and Alaya F in a comedy about an aging playboy who learns that he has a daughter.

Nandini Ramnath5 hours ago

Alaya F and Saif Ali Khan in Jawaani Jaaneman (2020) | Pooja Entertainment

Casting is everything in Jawaani Jaaneman, an official remake of the Argentinean comedy Igualita A Mi (2010). Who else but Saif Ali Khan to play a fading Lothario who proclaims that monogamy and family are sure signs of death but secretly dyes his hair and needs reading glasses?

Alaya F, making her debut, is also in good shape as the product of a liaison many years ago in Amsterdam between Jazz (Khan) and Ananya (Tabu). Some of that famous Amsterdam weed has embedded itself into Ananya’s brain cells, and Tabu is superb in an extended cameo as a hippy-dippy type who focuses on keeping her chakras perfectly aligned in between spliffs.

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Kumud Mishra plays Jazz’s beleagured brother Dimpy, Farida Jalal is their even more beleaguered mother, and Kubbra Sait is Rhea, the hairdresser who ensures that Jazz appears young and still with it. Finally, there’s Chunky Pandey as Rocky, Jazz’s hunting partner in the matters of sexual conquest, alcohol and clubbing.

With this perfect cast in place, director Nitin Kakkar, working with an adapted screenplay and dialogue by Hussain Dalal and Abbas Dalal, spins a delayed coming-of-age yarn that is often hilarious and insightful about men who insist on being men. Jawaani Jaaneman deftly maintains its breezy tone throughout its 119-minute duration, and except for a late-reel weakening of resolve, straightens out its swaggering hero with minimum fuss and maximum fun. Jazz is a vain egoist who shirks responsibility and refuses to accept the inevitable, and Jawaani Janemanndelivers Jazz his just desserts without making him, or, us, choke.

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The setting is London, where, presumably, the movie’s freewheeling attitude towards marriage (not needed to produce children) and conventional family structures (a necessary evil) can play out without the burden of traditional Indian morality. Jazz is an all-too-familiar male specimen – he spends more than he earns, parties compulsively, and invites any available woman into his boudoir. Jazz isn’t merely living beyond his means but trying to beat the clock, and he gets a rude reminder of his fading youth when he meets Tia. Jazz is momentarily startled by how young Tia is, but recovers quickly enough to invite her home. The lights are dimmed, wine is quaffed, and Jazz is getting hot under the collar – until Tia tells him that he could be her father.

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In an added layer to the familiar idea of a playboy being reformed by living proof of his wantonness, Tia is pregnant. Jazz has gone overnight from nightclub regular to dad-plus-grandad, and Tia gets the brunt of his ire.

The movie’s cleverness is built right into the title, which refers to the slinky hit tune from Namak Halaal (1982) that includes the lyric that the hunter will soon be the hunted. One of Saif Ali Khan’s own best-loved songs is Ole Ole from Yeh Dillagi (1994), in which he played a dandified heartbreaker. Ole Ole pops up in Jawaani Jaaneman in a remixed version, and is used as a doubled-edged marker of the distance between the source material and the new movie and Khan’s continuing evolution as an unconventional leading man.

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Khan has mastered the trick of shining in a lead role without eclipsing his co-stars. He is as comfortable in his own space as he is sharing it with the vastly younger Alaya or his other co-stars. Khan’s comic timing has rarely been better, and he is equally convincing when it is finally time to wisen up. Tabu¸ billed as a “special appearance”, makes sure that not a second of her limited screen time goes to waste.

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A sub-plot concerning a housing redevelopment project doesn’t quite fit as snugly, and appears to exist only to create false tensions between reluctant father and eager daughter and give Jazz a stab at redemption. It’s a blip in an otherwise smooth and smartly directed movie that is a family drama pretending to be a romcom. We told you it was clever.


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