wogma rating: Don't bother (?)
An obnoxious, self-centered boy comes of age. And he cannot act. Neither can the women or men who help him come of age in their ways. And the women are a few of the most gullible ones I've seen in ages, even on screen!Read more
Jo Hum Chahein is cheese and sap at its worst. It's been a long time since I've seen so many women getting wooed by such crap after acknowledging that it is crap. So, they are supposed to be smart and yet they fall for whatever it is they were intended to fall for. Beats me!
Theoretically, there is always at least one thing nice to say about a film even if you hated it. That usually comes in the form of dialogue - which we’ve ruled out - or basic plot or situations or acting or at least the music. But, na-ah! It felt like I was watching a school play where the teacher said, happy means :-), and angry means :-| and sad means :'( and all of this can be said with flat dialogue delivery. No voice modulation necessary.
The music sounded generic though some of the lyrics were decent. Note the word 'some' there. At other times, the lyrics were trying to be cool with words like disc and CD thrown in. Anyway, it's not like you were going to go watch the film just for its lyrics.
There were these fleeting things which I thought was pretty sweet for such a superficial film. One was where a character says, "I used you because I could." Another where a character forgave another for a blunder because they wanted to forgive and not because of some melodrama was emoted their way. These two were pretty insightful things for characters to say and do. So much so that they actually seem accidental in this set-up.
Yet, nothing about Jo Hum Chahein is average enough to watch even if it's playing on TV. Skippity-skip!
- meeta, a part of the audience
So-So, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...In doing so, Pawan doesn't take the tried and tested route to narrate his tale. The love story isn't the type that would make you exclaim, 'Not again'.... full review
So-So, by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com : ...Again, to give him credit, it is undoubtedly a sincere effort to portray the lives of some young people trying to realise their dreams, but the execution is shoddy, to say the least.... full review
So-So, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Debutant writer-director Pawan Gill updates this familiar story with some real touches – the film's heroine doesn't shy away from pre-marital sex, and when it comes to having a baby she makes a rather radical choice. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...On the bright side, Mundi is tall, has a lithe figure and in one song shot among rocks and by a water body, wears some of the loveliest dresses given to a Hindi film actress in recent times... full review
Thumbs down, by Blessy Chettiar, DNA : ...The writing is amusing. Writer and director Pawan Gill garnishes his script with all the cheese in the world, using every possible English idiom to emphasise emotional tension... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions : ...The screenplay of this YRF-wannebe chugs along over utterly uninteresting episodes in Rohan’s life, and the actors are just not equipped to deal with emotional complexities.... full review
Thumbs down, Movie Talkies : ...Now, the only positive thing that can be said about the movie is that the makers have spent money and talent on the cinematography part-for the movie has a rich feel to it, the kinds seen in Karan Johar and Yash Raj Films products... full review
Thumbs down, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ...A simple love story without SRK's charm is pointless (actors, stop aping him). Invest instead in writers, who will give you - what studios like to call - 'high concept scripts'... full review
Thumbs down, by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST : ...What deserves a special mention is the cinematography. From the looks of the film, one expects a trashy, half-done job in filmmaker but the glossy cinematography comes as a pleasant surprise.... full review
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