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April 9, 2010

Alien attack!

Filed under: Our FIlms — Rajeev @ 1:19 am

April 09, 2010

Cast: Riteish Deshmukh, Jacqueline Fernandez, Ruslaan Mumtaz, Vishal Malhotra

Director: Milap Zaveri

When an attractive female alien in hot pants and silver boots literally falls from the skies and into the arms of an ordinary Earthling, you know romance is on the cards. What you can’t predict, however, is just how uninspired their love story is going to be.

In this week’s Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai, Ritesh Deshmukh who’s made a career playing the lovable loser, stars once again as boy-next-door Rajesh who must sacrifice his own affection, and play cupid between this Vixen from Venus (played by Jacqueline Fernandes) and the country’s heartthrob movie-star (played by Ruslaan Mumtaz).

Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai is a throwback to those old-school films that mishmashes all the Bollywoodstaples – thoda romance, thoda comedy, and some tears before the two leads walk away happily into the sunset. The comic bits work in parts; Ritesh plays an assistant director to filmmaker Farah Khan, making way for a string of star cameos. You’ll laugh until your sides hurt at the one performed by Akshay Kumar, who sportingly appears as an exaggerated version of himself, obsessed with a rival actor’s paycheck. I was even amused by the track involving an X-rated DVD and Rajesh’s excitable father, played by Satish Shah. Also, Vishal Malhotra as Rajesh’s horny best friend Kaushal makes you chuckle more than once at his naughty antics.

The problem with Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai is that this stray fratboy humour is the most enjoyable part of this stale story. Director Milap Zaveri could have done so much more with a tale about a girl who shows up from outer space, but he chooses to go down the predictable path.

There’s so much mushy dialogue that even the guys who write those Hallmark cards would feel uncontrollably sick; and just the basic plotting of the romantic track is too corny and juvenile to inspire any real sympathy for the characters involved. It doesn’t help that Ritesh and Jacqueline lack the spark to keep you hooked to their romance.

I’m going with two out of five for debutant director Milap Zaveri’s Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai. It’s got moments that will make you smile, but it’s hardly out of this world.

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