This film is set in the backdrop of London. Rikki Thukral (Abhishek Bachchan) accidentally meets Alvira Khan (Preity Zinta) while waiting for their fiancées at a railway station. They share a cup of coffee and their love stories. Rikki tells Alvira about his romance with Anaida (Lara Dutta). Alvira tells Rikki about her romance with Steve (Bobby Deol). The rest of the story is about what happens between them after their fiancées arrive.
Abhishek Bachan is pretty good with Punjabi accent. Bobby Deol is cute in a role of two different shades. His mama’s boy antics are good. Preity Zinta is fine as the female lead. Lara Dutta is adequate in the limited role. One doesn’t understand why Amitab Bachchan pops up randomly in the film.
Screenplay - direction: There is no worthy story in the film. However director tried to follow Woody Allen kind of narration. The way Alvira speaks to camera as she narrates her flashback is one such technique. The other one is introducing the same actors in the flashback episodes as two different characters in the latter part of the story. Barring this different screenplay, the director failed in getting the attention of the crowds. Direction leaves a lot to be desired.
Other departments: Dialogues are adequate. Camera work is pretty good. Choreography is alright. Music is good. Production values by Yashraj are grand as always.
Analysis: The film takes the route of European films that use conversations as the base of telling story. The only plus point of the film is Woody Allen kind of narration and screenplay. The cast of the film is impressive. The dance competition that takes for more than 20 minutes at the end is not good. The director failed terribly in sustaining attention of the viewers. On a whole, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom is a lifeless film that bores you.
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