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"Bunty Aur Babli", "Salaam Namaste"
"Jhoom Barabar Jhoom" means "Dance Baby Dance". Rikki Thukral (Abhishek Bachan) is a happy-go-lucky Indian guy while Alvira Khan (Preity Zinta) on the other hand is an open-minded Pakistani girl. They are both born in India and reside in London as their second home.
The story begins when the two meet at a busy London train station while waiting for a delayed train from Birmingham. The interesting thing is that they are both engaged to another and their respective lovers just happen to be arriving on the same train.
With a two-hour delay on the cards, Rikki starts to tell his story to Alvira on how he met his love, Anaida (Lara Dutta). Alvira continues by telling how she met her fiance, Steve (Bobby Deol). When the delayed train finally arrives at the station, Rikki and Alvira decide to part with a heavy mind and heart. There is a chemistry between them and they feel as if there must be a reason why they met!
Well, usually when a Hindi is released and it's produced by Yash Raj Banner, the impact and response of the movie will be expectedly high. This is because the same banner has delivered back-to-back box office hits over the past few years such as "Saathiya", "Dhoom", "Hum Tum", "Bunty Aur Babli", "Salam Namaste", "Veer Zaara" and most recently, "Ta Ra Rum Pum". This time it turned out very differently. The audience were not mesmerised by it, despite it being directed by the same man behind "Bunty Aur Babli", a massive box office hit in India.
There were some elements missing from the movie and it simply didn't grab my attention. The story was not going anywhere and the performance was the same throughout the movie. Despite the presence of mega superstar (Amitabh Bachan) adding fun to the film, it wouldn't be able to pull the older audiences back to the cinema to watch it again.
Overall, this is just an average movie. There were some funny moments but nothing much to shout about as the plot was quite predictable. The songs are mediocre as well. The one good thing captured was the backdrops of London and India. This is one which the younger generation are more likely to enjoy.Cinema Online, 23 September 2008