Director: Shaad Ali
Cast: Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Leela Samson
So, Aashiqui 2’s highly romantic pair comes back to weave its magic with Ok Jaanu but does the film succeed? I don’t think so.
Ok Jaanu is a love story of a Mumbai couple. Aditya (Aditya Roy Kapur) is a video-game designer and Tara (Shraddha Kapoor) is an architect. A chance encounter sets the things in motion which brings them to know each other. Their friendly romance transforms into a live-in relationship. What comes ahead is a journey of love, pain, sacrifice and understanding.
Written by Mani Ratnam (director of original film Ok Kanmani), Ok Jaanu’s story has all those ingredients which a modern romance necessitates. Guy falls in love with a girl and they move in together. Initial fun stuff these love birds do roaming on the streets of Mumbai is also penned down nicely. The biggest problem with the story is it involves the angle of Naseeruddin Shah-Leela Samson’s romance too much. I understand, their story is a reference point for Aditya-Tara to relate to in their lives but like I said, it should have been limited only to a reference point. The latter phase of the film focuses excessively on this old couple which makes you wonder, is it a film about Adi-Tara or them?
Director Shaad Ali had given us a gem in the form of Saathiya but this time, his storytelling doesn’t impress. There are way too many loose shots in the film and some scenes end up so abruptly that it doesn’t give a proper cinematic closure to the narrative. When Aditya visits Shraddha in a train to Ahmedabad, their conversation is cut down to the next shot just like that. There are ample examples of such small details which were ignored and these minute things break the film. Now, another flaw is that, some scenes are also elongated needlessly. There are really good moments where Shraddha pulls pranks on Aditya but they should have been shot fast to give it a sense of excitement and surprise to the audience.
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Songs are the pleasant escape from the film. They are picturized beautifully by Ali. Title song, Humma and Enna Sona and even the Kaara Fankaara in the start is effective. The romantic build up in the first half was appreciable when Adi-Tara enjoy each other’s company and explore their relationship. But once they move in together, Shaad is more interested in showing us the old couple Nasseruddin-Leela’s story. It downgraded the whole plot. Then we have Adi-Tara’s family involvement doing all the stupid stuff to complicate the simple story.
The final phase of Adi-Tara’s fight in the rain was not uncalled for and it was forcefully fed. So, what started as a good love story ends up becoming a boring overstuffed narrative.
If there is anything that is a good takeaway from the film, it is Shraddha Kapoor’s acting. She looked matured as an actor. Her beauty adds a spark to the character and her romantic enjoyment with Aditya gives you joyful moments in the movie. Shraddha has a somewhat childish voice when she shouts which makes her perfect for such roles.
Aditya Roy Kapur is a sound actor in serious role but I can’t say the same about him in the context of funny scenes. He overacted most of the humor situations in the film. When he is pitching his idea to his boss, his fun talks with Naseeruddin and the scenes where Shraddha pranks him could have been better had he enacted decently.
Naseeruddin Shah does a good job as a husband and owner of the house. Leela Samson too, gives a fair justice to the role.
Shaad Ali fails to make a mark with Ok Jaanu. The film’s few good moments are overshadowed by multiple flaws in direction and script. The romance between Shraddha-Aditya has a charm but it couldn’t hold its weight to make it a completely satisfying affair.