Jhoom Barabar Jhoom

  • 2007
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Musical, Romance

A contemporary spin on A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM pairs attractive Bollywood stars Abhishek Bachchan and Preity Zinta as a couple who fall in love at a London train station while awaiting the arrival of their fabulous spouses-to-be. As a puckish guitar slinger in a coat of many colors and a rakish feathered hat, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan entices...read more

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A contemporary spin on A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM pairs attractive Bollywood stars Abhishek Bachchan and Preity Zinta as a couple who fall in love at a London train station while awaiting the arrival of their fabulous spouses-to-be.

As a puckish guitar slinger in a coat of many colors and a rakish feathered hat, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan entices commuters to drop their bags and "Sway, Baby, Sway" (one translation of the film's title and the catchiest tune) on the platform, while jack-of-all-trades Rikki Thukral (Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh's son) and respectable working woman Alvira Khan (Preity Zinta) bump into each other, first at a newsstand and then at a crowded cafe, where they're forced to share a table. It's dislike at first sight. He accuses her of having a "typical Indian attitude" — stuck-up and status-conscious — while she pegs him as a crude, rude hustler and a relentless flirt. Nonsense, Rikki replies — he's engaged and waiting for his gorgeous, refined fiancee, Anaida (Lara Dutta, Miss Universe 2000), a manager at the Hotel Ritz in Paris whom he met just before Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed had their fatal accident. It was dislike at first sight with her, too: She caught him trying to run out on a very large bill. But true love found a way around her reservations, and now she's coming to London to marry him. Alvira met her prince in legal briefs — handsome, fabulously wealthy Steve Singh (Bobby Deol) — when he rescued her from being crushed by a Superman figure at Madame Tussauds. As they finish their stories of true romance, the train pulls in, revealing that neither Alvira nor Rikki was telling the whole truth: She's meeting her aunt and cousin, while he's meeting his raffish business partner, Huffy Bhai (Piyush Mishra). And that's not the half of the dissembling: The real fun begins when Rikki and Alvira must try to keep their fictions alive. What fools these mortals be!

Shaad Ali Sahgal's colorful, glamorous romantic comedy is pretty racy for a mainstream Bollywood production (experienced Alvira even has a gay best friend) and filled with catchy numbers that culminate in a hip-shaking dance-off at a ballroom in Southall, London's Little India. The Paris locations are gorgeous, the comedy is snappy rather than goofy (as is often the case in Indian films), the leads are lavishly costumed, and there's even a tearjerking everlasting-love montage. Now that's entertainment. (In English and subtitled Hindi)

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  • Released: 2007
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: A contemporary spin on A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM pairs attractive Bollywood stars Abhishek Bachchan and Preity Zinta as a couple who fall in love at a London train station while awaiting the arrival of their fabulous spouses-to-be. As a puckish guitar s… (more)

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