On the first look, this movie looks like a typical Bollywood masala flick with a probable love story and a dozen times done over ending. This one surprises you and not in the right way. It comes across as a confused, abrupt, patched together kind of film where the director got up one day and put unmatched pieces of a puzzle together.
The roles in the film of any of the characters look tired and lost. They are unaware most times of what is happening and burdened by the pressure of pulling together an otherwise shoddy script. The screenplay is far from being structured, and repeated variations of the same song have a hammering effect on the brain. The title track Jhoom Barabar Jhoom has more variations than the human mind can register for a dance sequence, which a part of the storyline. It is as if the music director could not come up with any other tracks, and hence they had to use the same one again and again.
Amitabh Bachhan is like a ghost who appears and disappears with no purpose. To add to the misery, his outfit has no logic amidst the suave London setting and looks pitiful for the legendary actor.
Meet The Cast & Crew
Director Shaad Ali has characters outlined as Ricky Thukral (Abhishek Bachhan) as a Bhatinda born brat who happens to meet the London based Alvira Khan (Preity Zinta) who is a Pakistani by origin. They are shown to be engaged to their respective partners — Alvira to the charming Bobby Deol and Ricky to the stunning Lara Dutta.
Post their encounter, Ricky and Alvira go their separate ways, with a nagging feeling of a karmic connection between the both of them. When they feel they have moved on, they meet again with their partners at South Hall. For some unknown reason, decide to enter a dance competition to prove their chemistry. Over several mad, illogical events overridden by over the top acting, the film ends with a predictable and uninteresting climax.
The length of the film ( which you can watch online on sites like Netflix, Sony TV ) is over 2.5 hours long and bores the audience because it offers nothing to hold their attention. Songs, songs, and more variations of the same song are jarring and seemingly unrelated to what the storyline is. Dance sequences are more of vengeance acting than enacting dance forms.
Even the lead actresses with their stunning outfits and looks can’t save this film. Abhishek is dull and boring, and Bobby doesn’t have much of a role to hold the movie on its shoulders. Even the mighty legend Amitabh Bachchan is used merely as an accessory whose purpose is only known to the director. He suddenly pops into the dance competition as well and dances to the title track; how no one knows.
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom is Shaad Ali’s attempt at resurrecting a mangled mess of a script, to begin with, and turn it into an even bigger disaster. Heads up for this one; stay as far away as possible from this film.