Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapoor are back to recreate their Aashiqui 2 magic on the big screens. While the audience has always been a fan of their sizzling chemistry, was OK Jaanu a hit with the masses?
Shaad Ali’s OK Jaanu is all about progressive thinking and live-in relationships. The movie is a remake of Mani Ratnam’s Tamil romantic flick O Kandhal Kanmani. While the movie was a massive hit, this definitely has created a high benchmark for Aditya and Shraddha and perhaps that can be one of the reasons why OK Jaanu faltered.
When the trailer was released, the expectation was high. Aditya and Shraddha’s ardent equation became a hallmark. Their rhythmic dance on the reprised version of Humma Humma raised audience’s expectation but then as we all say: do not judge a book by its cover!
Director Shaad Ali started with a perfect move. He roped in AR Rahman and Gulzar for a lethal melodious combination. Despite the fact that the songs find a striking similarity with the Tamil version, the background score played a saving grace.
The storyline of the film is not a new concept. Aditya aka Adi is a dynamic game designer who aspires to travel to the US to make his dream come alive. (Does Vivek Oberoi’s character in Yuva ring a bell?) Moving on, he meets Shraddha aka Tara who wants to pursue higher education from Paris. The two fall in love and decide to go in for a live-in relationship. But as usual, life surprises them with a situation where they have to choose between love and career? The story is just about that.
Aditya and Shraddha’s chemistry was a treat only in the first half. Naseeruddin Shah plays a pivotal role in the film and does his best. Somewhere we did feel that his character wasn’t utilized to the fullest. The second half of the movie gets predictable. Shaad Ali decided to go with his instinct and the movie couldn’t bring out something new for the audience. Sorry Shraddha and Aditya, your OK Jaanu couldn’t charm us.
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