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A perfunctory narration of predictable plot and fake style. Bad acting makes it worse.

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NOT A REVIEW - Just wondering how many more Sholay references can we handle...

Worry not peoples, no one's doing a Sholay re-remake. We've been promised so by director Puneet Sira.

The film is nothing like Sholay. But we have used the names of Jai and Veeru primarily to cash in on the friendship angle. Since the two names are synonymous with friendship, the film maker decided to use it as the title of the film. There is an instant connect with the audience with a name like that.

I always loved 'ye dosti' in Sholay because within 5 minutes the relationship between Jai and Veeru is established in a fun, peppy manner. After that, we don't question their love and commitment for each other. Could anyone have imagined that someone could establish that just by the title of their film? Pretty smart, eh? But, we have to remind ourselves the other title that Puneet has to his credit is I...Proud to be an Indian.

So Jai Veeru is actually supposed to be a < a href="http://www.screenindia.com/news/in-a-comic-mode/427986/">on-the-run film which has car crashes, plane crashes and car chases all along. And it is the story of two men who are from different sides of the law who have to come together to fight a common enemy.

Oops! aasmaan se gira, khajur mein atka! (Taken a fall from the sky and find yourself hanging on a date palm!) Which also translates to "we aren't making the iconic Sholay, we are making the other one - Deewar!"

Another test of tolerance is going to be to handle two movies with Kunal Khemu in consecutive weeks. And somehow the Kunal Khemu-Soha Ali Khan pair is just too difficult to digest. She comes across as too mature maybe because of the roles she's been doing in comparison to Kunal's school-boyishness. And anyway, with Fardeen Khan as the other part of the duo, there's little scope of expecting too much from the acting department. The women, though capable, look like they are going to serve as eye-candy only.

The songs are composed by Bappi Lahiri's son Bappa Lahiri. And, well, they don't sound original at all. The picturization, though beautiful, isn't novel either. More in music reviews 1, 2, and 3

Meanwhile, I'm desperately looking for something to look forward to.