Directed by: Nitin Kakkar
Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Alaia Furniturewala, Chunky Pandey, Kumud Mishra, Sonia Goswami, Farida Jalal
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Release Date: 31 January, 2020
Running Time: 119 Minutes
Jawaani Jaaneman is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language drama film directed by Nitin Kakkar, edited by Sachindra Vats, and distributed by Zee Studios. It stars Saif Ali Khan as a 40 year-old father and debutant Alaia F as his daughter, with Tabu portraying an important pivotal character. Principal photography of the film took place from 14 June to 24 August 2019. It was shot only in areas of London, England. The film is set to be theatrically released on 31 January, 2020.
Saif Ali Khan started a new production house in October 2018 to co-produce Jawaani Jaaneman with Jay Shewakramani. Saif wanted the avant-garde project in an alternative genre. In a statement, he said, “this is going to be as exciting as it gets. Jay and I have been planning this for a while now and with Jawaani Jaaneman, we found just the right project to produce together.” Alaia Furniturewala making her debut is playing his daughter. Tabu has been cast in an interesting role. Khan lost weight to fit into the character of a forty year old father.
The filming began in the second week of June 2019 with principal photography in London. Alaia F finished filming first schedule in August 2019. The film was eventually wrapped up on 24 August 2019, the occasion of Janmashtami.
The film was initially scheduled to release on 29 November 2019 but it was later preponed to 7 February 2020.
The first poster of the film was released on 24 December 2019, presenting the new release date if the film as 31 January 2020. Next day, another poster was unveiled. The official teaser of the film was launched on 27 December 2019.
The film’s soundtrack is composed by Gourov-Roshin and Prem-Hardeep while Tanishk Bagchi is the guest composer recreating Jawaaani Jaaneman title song. The lyrics are written by Shabbir Ahmed and Irshad Kamil, with music rights acquired by Tips Music Films.
The popular song “Ole Ole” from Saif Ali Khan’s 1994 film Yeh Dillagi is recreated for the film.
Jawaani Jaaneman Movie Trailer:
Jawaani Jaaneman is a ‘youth-obsessed’ movie that spends a major portion of its 2-hour run time at the local club and a salon. The club is where the leading man, Jaswinder Singh, aka Jazz (an uber cool Saif Ali Khan), spends most of his waking hours, chatting up girls half his age and taking part in juvenile drinking games. The salon is where he gets his hair dyed, so he can maintain his youthful look.
Director Nitin Kakkar, of Filmistaan fame starts off with a great premise. A 40-year-old commitment-phobic Lothario, who chats up young girls at the local club, and looks upon marriage as a deal breaker. Saif is aptly cast as the fun loving Punjabi man, and he not only acts the part but looks it too.
When his 21-year old daughter Tia, conceived during a college trip to Amsterdam turns up in search of her dad, Jazz is initially reluctant to accept his paternity. It’s a double whammy after all – Tia is pregnant with her ex-boyfriend Rohan’s baby. Will history repeat itself?
Newbie Alaya F plays the angst-ridden 21-year-old with absolute naturalness. There is no unnecessary drama, no overacting. She is as au natural as they come, which is pretty refreshing considering half of Bollywood revels in over-the-top acting.
Tabu who plays Jazz’s former lover and Alaya’s hippie mother, a Vipassana obsessed yogi, is initially a delight to watch. But all her talk about realigning chakras and fending off bad energy can get a bit tiresome. Hers is an extended cameo, but she is too fluffy to make a solid impression.
Though to be fair Tabu looks gorgeous and dresses and acts the part of the free-spirited woman who is into recreational drugs; somehow as a mother she just doesn’t seem to be there.
It’s Saif who holds the proceedings together with his signature goofy act in the initial half and a restrained mature turn in the latter part of the movie.
Jawaani Jaaneman definitely offers up moments that make you laugh out loud, but the comedy is not even throughout. The movie also moves at an extremely slow pace which doesn’t do justice to the genre.
Kubra Sait who plays Saif’s friend Rhea has a solid presence on screen. So does Chunky Pandey who plays Jazz’s friend and the club owner, Rocky. His story is testimony to the heavy price paid by many in today’s youth/image conscious world.
Watch Jawaani Jaaneman only if you are a huge fan of Saif or enjoy time-pass movies with some erratic laughs at the theatre.
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Song Title: Ole Ole 2.0
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