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Jhoom Barabar Jhoom ( , ) is a 2007 Bollywood film starring Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Bobby Deol and Lara Dutta. It is directed by Shaad Ali. The film is produced by Aditya Chopra and Yash Chopra under Yash Raj Films. The film released on 15 June 2007.

Plot

The film begins with a mysterious gypsy-like musician (Amitabh Bachchan) leading the crowds at Waterloo stationmarker in Londonmarker in a dance to the title song.

At the station, two strangers, Rikki Thukral (Abhishek Bachchan) and Alvira Khan (Preity Zinta), wait for their respective fiancés. Rikki is a fun-loving Punjabi boy from Bhatindamarker who lives in Southallmarker, while Alvira is an elite class Pakistanimarker girl from Lahoremarker who is more assimilated into British culture. The two share a table in a cafe together and to kill the time they talk about how they met their partners-to-be.
Abhishek Bachchan and Lara Dutta as Rikki Thukral and Anaida Raza


Rikki says that he met his fiancé, Anaida Raza (Lara Dutta), at the Hôtel Ritz Parismarker, the same night that Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al-Fayed left the hotel to take their last journey together. Rikki explains "When two lovers die, another two are born", as he fell in love with Anaida that night. Alvira says she met her fiancé, the dashing lawyer Steve Singh (Bobby Deol) at Madame Tussaudsmarker in London when he saved her from death by a falling Superman wax model. The encounter changed her life and she was smitten by the lawyer who also helped her sue Madame Tussauds for substantial damages.

As Rikki and Alvira talk they begin to enjoy each other's company and their different backgrounds cease to matter. They exchange numbers and go to meet their partners. However, it is then revealed that they had not gone to meet their respective partners. Rikki is in fact at the train station to meet his business partner, while Alvira is meeting her relatives. As they leave the station separately, they realize they are in love, but believe their love is unrequited, each of the other.

The two get in touch when Alvira calls Rikki, pretending it was a wrong number. They decide to meet up at a disco where there is a dance competition but both try to maintain the fiction that they are engaged. Out of desperation, Rikki hires Laila, a prostitute, to pose as Anaida, and Alvira asks Satvinder to pretend to be Steve. The four meet at a club and take part in the dance competition, while throwing insults at each other. Rikki and Laila emerge as the winners but Alvira is jealous and storms out in tears.

Satvinder goes to Rikki's flat and tells him that he has fallen in love with Laila. He also tells him that Alvira is not engaged to him. Rikki, realising what has happened, goes to see Alvira, who is at first moping in bed and later tries to convince her cousin not to marry her. Rikki calls her from a neighbor's window.

The film ends with the mysterious gypsy musician showing how Rikki and Alvira invented the stories about the non-existent lovers by taking inspiration from Alvira's newspaper and Rikki's comic book.

Cast



Characters

Bobby Deol and Preity Zinta as Steve Singh and Alvira Khan
  • Rikki Thukral - Originally from Bhatinda, Rikki comes to London and settles in Southallmarker. He comes with a dream to make it big which he achieves by selling anything from pirate DVDs to faulty televisions. He considers himself a modern day entrepreneur rather than someone who is scamming people for their money. Coincidentally he met the love of his life, Anaida Raza, on the same night and the same hotel where Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al-Fayed left from forever.


  • Alvira Khan - Alvira has always prayed that she marries a handsome brit rather than someone from her home town of Lahore. Alvira is a princess who is attached to her British values and culture rather than her Lahori ones. Her job as a manager in the House of Fraser means she is always with the new style and is not afraid to show this. Her dream comes true when Steve Singh saves her from a falling Superman wax model. He steals her heart in the process.


  • Anaida Raza - Beautiful and sensitive, Anaida Raza is the French-Pakistani brought up in Paris. She is the assistant manager at the Hôtel Ritz Parismarker and her kind hearted nature makes her a favourite to work with. She meets Rikki when she returns his handkerchief and falls in love with him. Anaida was devastated by the death of the princess and cried when she could not go for the funeral. Her sensitivity and passion makes her a girl any man would want.


  • Steve Singh - Half Punjabi, half British, Steve is the joint partner of a top law firm in London. Cunning and determined he works his way up and becomes that guy that every girl would want. Rich and successful, Steve has always tended to save damsels in distress. He has a scar on his cheek from one of those incidents. He heroically saves Alvira from the Superman wax model falling on top of her and subsequently falls in love with her.


Crew



Production

Pre-production of the film began in 2005, during the making of Bunty Aur Babli. Abhishek Bachchan was the first actor to be cast in the film. The working title was Sangam Mein. Vidya Balan and John Abraham were first approached for the roles of Anaida Raza and Steve Singh. When they refused Dutta and Deol were roped in. Amitabh Bachchan has been credited with a special appearance in the film.

Shooting began in the second half of 2006 in London and included a shooting schedule in Parismarker, Francemarker. Many images from the set show shooting being conducted at Waterloo Stationmarker, Londonmarker. Some shooting took place in Agramarker, near the Taj Mahalmarker. The choreography has been done by Vaibhavi Merchant. Filming has taken place in numerous locations along Green Lanesmarker, Harringaymarker in North London.

Abhishek Bachchan and Bobby Deol worked together for the first time in this film; their fathers (Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra) had worked together in the hit Sholay (1975). The film features a scene in which they travel in a scooter like their fathers had done in Sholay, only this time Bobby Deol is driving and Abhishek Bachchan is on the passenger seat. The film re-unites Bobby Deol and Preity Zinta. The last time they worked together was in Soldier in 1998.

Some filming took place in Stamford Bridge stadiummarker, home to Chelsea football club. It was announced in September 2006 that the Chelsea football team would be part of the film, but this scene did not appear in the completed film.

The first trailer for the film was shown on 27 April 2007 with the release of the film Ta Ra Rum Pum.

Music

The soundtrack of the film was released on 15 May 2007 in various formats including music cassette, MP3 files, audio CD, and the DVD-Audio. The music is conducted by the award-winning trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The first review of the film has been positive with indiafm.com rating the music at 3.5 out of 5. Joginder Tuteja of indiafm.com said Jhoom Barabar Jhoom is an album that has chart-buster written on it on bold letters. There are some albums that take time to register with music lovers. There are some that require strong word of mouth to carry them forward. There are some which are destined to be popular in the very first listening. Jhoom Barabar Jhoom of course belongs to the last category.

Another leading business of entertainment website, Businessofcinema.com stated that the album is positively a must buy. The same was given a 3.5/5 rating.

The music for the film entered the charts at number 6 and in its second week climbed to number five. By the first week of July, the album topped the music charts and stayed there for two weeks. Despite the poor response to the film, the music has received much acclaim On the week beginning 23 July the album was placed at number three On the week beginning 17 September the soundtrack dropped to number 10.

The song listing is as follows:

Song Singer(s) Duration Picturised on
Jhoom Shankar Mahadevan & Daler Mehndi 5.21 Amitabh Bachchan
Kiss Of Love Vishal Dadlani & Vasundhara Das 5.05 Bobby Deol & Preity Zinta
Ticket To Hollywood Neeraj Shridhar & Alisha Chinai 4.38 Abhishek Bachchan & Lara Dutta
JBJ Zubeen, Shankar Mahadevan & Sunidhi Chauhan 4.22 Abhishek Bachchan, Bobby Deol, Preity Zinta & Lara Dutta
Bol Na Halke Halke Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Mahalaxmi Iyer 4.54 Abhishek Bachchan & Preity Zinta
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom KK, Sukhwinder Singh, Mahalaxmi Iyer & Shankar Mahadevan 7.04 Abhishek Bachchan, Bobby Deol, Preity Zinta, Lara Dutta & Amitabh Bachchan
Jhoom Jam Instrumental 3.50 Credits Scenes/Bloopers


Reception

Box office

The film opened to a 65-70% response, which was below expectations for a Yash Raj film. As per IBOS, the film has opened to a good response and has taken the biggest opening of the year at the box office.

The film did achieve the 90%+ response at some places, such as Punjabmarker and Haryanamarker. The film has opened well in big cities such as Mumbaimarker with a 75% turnout and Delhimarker which had a 70% response. In the south it opened to a poor response due to the release of the Tamil film Sivaji. However, all the big theatres reached to a 90%+ response with many being 100%.

Overseas, the film has performed averagely. In its first week, the film made £264,347 and debuted at number 6 in the UK charts. In the U.S., the film debuted at number 16 on the film chart making $455,257 in its first week. In Australia, the film made $91,485 debuting at number 10. The film has made Rs 19-20 crore in its first week and debuted at number 1 but the collections have begun to fall. The film has done better in the UK than in the U.S. As of 27 June, the film was positioned at number 9 on the UK charts and at 21 on the U.S chart. The film saw a drop in collections, and has been declared a flop in India but the collections have begun to fall. The film has done better in the UK then in the U.S. As of 27 June 2007, the film was positioned at number 9 on the UK charts and at 21 on the U.S. chart. The film saw a drop in collections, and has been declared a flop in India. In the UK the film has performed moderately well.

Reviews

The film opened to mixed reviews, the majority of them being poor mostly due to a shallow screenplay. Indicine.com rated the film at 4 out 5, saying the movie is a fun ride and is well worth the ticket money. It is the kind of movie that can wash away your blues. Taran Adarsh of indiafm.com gave the film a 1.5 out of 5 rating, saying the film is all gloss, no substance. The lead actors have received mixed reviews with Taran Adarsh saying that the film belongs to Abhishek first and Preity next. Hindustantimes.com gave the film 2 stars, as did glamsham.com, with the latter saying the performances were good. Sanjay Ram of businessofcinema.com said though Jhoom Barabar Jhoom offers the color it is all but a short story stretched. The film received 2 out of 5 stars from the website The film has been criticised for its screenplay but the lead actors have received mixed reviews. Moviewalah.com gave the film 2 out of 5 stars but praised the performances to a certain extent BollywoodArchive.com gave the film 2.5 out of 5 stars says its a good light hearted entertainer with good music from Shankar Ehsaan Loy

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