Jaane Jaan: Kareena Kapoor's matured act elevates an average thriller

Lights, Camera, Review! Adgully launches film review column SCREENXX REVIEW. Adgully is thrilled to announce the launch of our brand-new film review column 'SCREENXX REVIEW' by none other than Sumeet Nadkarni. By day, he's a Chartered Accountant, but by passion, he's a self-styled film critic. Sumeet is no stranger to the world of cinema; he's been captivating audiences with his insights for years. Sumeet's film-related articles have appeared in leading publications. He brings a fresh and unique perspective to the world of Indian cinema with his unbiased film reviews. Stay tuned for a cinematic journey like no other, right here on Adgully.Lady Drishyam. These two words would sum up the latest crime thriller from Sujoy Ghosh, which is being publicised as Kareena Kapoor's OTT debut. Whateva!! Jaane Jaan is basically an adaptation of The Devotion of Suspect X, a popular novel made in to a Hollywood movie earlier as well as wonderfully Indianised by Jeethu Joseph and the late Nishikant Kamat as Drishyam (2015). The plot premise plus the alibi offered by the suspect are identical here though Sujoy Ghosh begins and ends his movie on a totally different note. And mind you, I found the climax quite abrupt and disappointing.The lovely Kareena Kapoor is obviously the centre of attraction here - for her next door neighbour cum mathematics teacher (Jaideep Ahlawat) as well as the investigating cop (Vijay Varma) cross-examining her in a murder case. The victim is supposedly Kareena's ex-husband, who was a dirty cop indulging in shady deals from hawala to dance bars.Like Ghosh's earlier films, the characters are well etched and deliciously quirky!! Jaideep Ahlawat is outstanding as the socially awkward Maths genius who sees logic as well as magic in numbers. Vijay Varma playing the tough cop, pitches in a competent act. In one scene, he finds it difficult to resist Kareena's charm and sorta self admonishes himself. Haha!!Ultimately, Jaane Jaan belongs to Kareena Kapoor, who is the "jaan" of this otherwise average flick. Her looks, body language, eye contact and dialogue delivery are just perfect. Watch her in the scene where she sees her ex-hubby for first time or later, when she grooves to the iconic Lata Mangeshkar song from which the movie title is borrowed. This is indeed Kareena 2.0. Yup, she's come a long way from playing Poo and hamming to glory in films like Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon and Khushi (both 2003). This lady has matured beautifully, knows how to act now and most importantly, means business. Lady Drishyam, actually!! Ratings on some key aspects* :1. Acting : 5/52. Direction : 3/53. Music : 3.5/54. Story, Screenplay and Dialogue : 2/55. Cinematography : 3/56. Editing : 2.5/57. Costume Design : 3.5/58. Special Effects and VFX : NA9. Action : NA10. Production Quality : 3/5 #SNRating for #JaaneJaan : 2 & 1/2 stars out of 5. - Sumeet Nadkarni. * - The overall film rating is not a simple average of all ratings on key aspects but a weighted average of the ratings where some crucial aspects (like direction, acting, story and screenplay etc) are assigned more weightage than others. #JaaneJaan #CrimeThriller #HindiMovie #BollywoodFilm #KareenaKapoor #JaideepAhlawat #VijayVarma #SujoyGhosh #BollywoodReview #Filmreview #TheatricalRelease #OTTRelease #Netflix #SNRatings #SNRatings barometer:1 star = Poor1 & 1/2 star = Below average/ Avoidable2 stars = Average2 & 1/2 stars = Above average/ Risk it3 stars = Good enough/ Watchable3 & 1/2 stars = Definitely worth a theatrical watch4 stars = Very good5 stars = Masterpiece/ Outstanding.

Lights, camera, streaming! Kareena Kapoor Khan shines in 'Jaane Jaan' on Netflix

Adgully is thrilled to announce the launch of our brand-new column, "Star Talk." Get ready for exclusive celebrity interviews, where we delve into the lives and stories of your favorite stars!In a dazzling shift from the glitzy world of Bollywood to the captivating realm of streaming, Kareena Kapoor Khan is poised to make her much-anticipated OTT debut with Sujoy Ghosh's thrilling creation, "Jaane Jaan," exclusively on Netflix. Joining her in this venture are the talented Vijay Varma and the enigmatic Jaideep Ahlawat.Kareena Kapoor Khan, known for her audacious career choices and an unerring knack for reinventing herself, reveals the compelling reasons that drew her into "Jaane Jaan." With a gleam in her eye, she says: "I have always strived to explore new horizons in my career. When I glanced across the landscape of the OTT world, I couldn't help but notice the incredible storytelling that was unfolding there. A thriller has been on my bucket list for quite some time, and collaborating with Sujoy Ghosh, someone I've yearned to work with, felt like a dream come true. 'Jaane Jaan' brought together all my desires in one irresistible package, so naturally, I couldn't resist."What's even more intriguing about this film is the synchronicity of the leading trio. Both Vijay Varma and Jaideep Ahlawat happen to be alumni of FTII, sharing a common journey through the corridors of cinematic excellence. Kareena candidly confesses: "When I discovered that my co-stars would be the formidable Jaideep Ahlawat and the incredibly talented Vijay Varma, I must admit, I was a tad nervous. I remember Saif advising me to be on my toes, warning that both of them are masters at improvisation during takes."With an illustrious career spanning over 23 years in the film industry, Kareena admits that her OTT debut has her feeling more jittery than ever before. She reflects: "The OTT space is distinct from the silver screen. As I watched the 'Jaane Jaan' trailer on my television screen, it dawned on me that the audience would see me up close and personal. There are no elaborate song-and-dance sequences to provide a respite; not even a popcorn break."Asked about the most challenging aspect of being an actor, Kareena, with her trademark confidence, remarks: "Actors are frequently asked what's tough and challenging in their profession. I find that nothing is truly tough because we're actors, and challenges make our craft all the more exhilarating. Besides, I believe the Kapoor Khandaan simply thrives in front of the camera."Despite her impressive repertoire of films, Kareena's fans often associate her with iconic characters like Poo from "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham" and Geet from "Jab We Met." She explains: "I believe the youth connect with Poo and Geet due to their vibrant costumes, memorable songs, and infectious dance moves. However, the intense roles I've portrayed over the years hold a special place in my heart."While many of Kareena's contemporaries have ventured into Hollywood, she remains firmly rooted in Bollywood. She explains: "I don't feel the temptation to explore Hollywood at the moment. My children are still young, and they need me here. Besides, I have exciting projects in the pipeline. We've even dabbled in a small English film titled 'The Buckingham Murders,' directed by Hansal Mehta. It's a gripping atmospheric thriller, delving into themes of loss, closure, and the immigrant experience. What makes it even more exceptional is that it's one of the three Indian films featured at prestigious festivals."As the clock ticks toward the release of "Jaane Jaan" on September 21st, an auspicious date coinciding with Kareena's birthday, we couldn't help but inquire about her birthday celebrations. She smiles warmly and says: "It's less about extravagant parties and more about cherishing moments with my children and family."Kareena Kapoor Khan, the epitome of versatility, is undoubtedly set to captivate the OTT audience with her gripping performance in "Jaane Jaan." The countdown to this electrifying OTT debut has officially begun, promising a thrilling cinematic experience for viewers worldwide.