Jab We Met Released on 26 October 2007

Jab we Met poster

 

Directed by Imtiaz Ali
Produced by Dhillin Mehta
Screenplay by Imtiaz Ali
Story by Imtiaz Ali
Starring Shahid Kapoor
Kareena Kapoor Khan
Music by Songs:
Pritam
Sandesh Shandilya
Background score:
Sanjoy Chowdhury
Cinematography Natarajan Subramaniam
Edited by Aarti Bajaj
Distributed by Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd
Release dates
26 October 2007
Running time
142 min
Country India
Language Hindi
Punjabi

 

Cast

  • Shahid Kapoor as Aditya Kashyap
  • Kareena Kapoor as Geet
  • Dara Singh as Geet’s grandfather
  • Pavan Malhotra as Geet’s uncle
  • Kiran Juneja as Geet’s mother
  • Saumya Tandon as Roop
  • Tarun Arora as Anshuman
  • Divya Seth as Aditya’s mother
  • Brijendra Kala as Taxi driver
  • Vishal O Sharma as Aditya’s lawyer
  • Sanjay Kushwaha as Sanj

Plot

Aditya Kashyap (Shahid Kapoor), a rich industrialist, meets his better half at her wedding to another man. Discouraged, he loads up a train with no ticket keeping in mind in the train, he chances upon Geet Dhillon (Kareena Kapoor) who is a chatty Punjabi young lady who lives in a universe of dreams. At first Aditya discovers Geet exceptionally aggravating on the grounds that Geet is ceaselessly talking without Aditya demonstrating much hobby.

Aditya gets off the train and Geet tails him making her lose her baggage. Aditya thinks Geet is without a doubt inept in light of the fact that he never advised her to get off the train nor does he think she is helping him. He seems, by all accounts, to be lost and Geet supposes he may be submitting suicide. Geet is currently furious that she missed the train and considers Aditya in charge of it. Aditya consents to help Geet by driving a taxi at a fabulously quick speed to the following train station where the train Geet was in was to stop next. In any case, Geet misses the train again because of her garrulous nature. After this, Geet and Aditya lease a room however is later attacked by the police.

Aditya begins to like life again and begins to play around with Geet furthermore takes her to her home in Bhatinda where her Punjabi family is exceptionally grateful to Aditya. At the point when Geet’s granddad( Dara Singh) sees them both together, he believes that they are a couple and that they are enamored with one another. In any case, nobody appears to trust him. Aditya has begun to look all starry eyed at Geet yet knows that Geet does not love him and rather cherishes Anshuman (Tarun Arora). In the wake of getting to know one another, Aditya and Geet choose to go separate ways where Aditya backpedals to his business and is currently turning out to be extremely effective.

Aditya communicates his affections for Geet by declaring the name of a guest card as Geet on TV which Geet’s family see. At this point it has been 9 months and there has been no news about Geet which appears to be a stun to her relatives on the grounds that they trust she is with Aditya. At the point when Geet’s uncle (Pavan Malhotra) indignantly meets Aditya he says Geet is not with her but rather some way or another realizes that she is fine in any case he doesn’t know Geet’s condition as he thought Geet would be with Anshuman. One day Aditya goes to meet Anshuman and finds that Anshuman had rejected Geet.

Aditya then goes to Manaliwhere he is stunned to consider Geet to be a discouraged and calm teacher. He conveys her back home to Bhatinda to her relatives as guaranteed to her uncle. He takes Anshuman there as well as his companion. Geet’s granddad again says that they are a couple which is valid as Aditya and Geet adore one another however Geet supposes she cherishes Anshuman. Every one of the ceremonies are performed with Aditya when they ought to be finished with Anshuman however the family does not think about Anshuman. Geet later sees Aditya getting a charge out of bhangra where Anshuman is resembling a complete idiot.

Aditya leaves as regardless he supposes Geet cherishes Anshuman. After Aditya leaves the field where he, Geet and Anshuman were, Anshuman advises Geet what she needs to advise her family that she adores Anshuman. After listening to this, Geet understands that she was not able educate her mom regarding Anshuman in spite of having an open door and can’t do as such on the grounds that she understands that she cherishes Aditya. She flees from the field just to discover Aditya with a child of her family and kisses him demonstrating that she has at last conceded that she adores Aditya. They get hitched and it is demonstrated that they have 2 twin little girls.

 

Pre-production

Pre-creation take a shot at the film started in mid 2007 when Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision Ltd declared that executive Imtiaz Ali would be coordinating the then genuine couple Shahid and Kareena Kapoor in their first “undeniable sentimental show”. At the point when Ali started throwing for the film, Kareena Kapoor was the chief’s first decision to depict the part of Geet Dhillon whilst Shahid Kapoor was cast to assume the part of Aditya Kashyap, after Ali met him and found the on-screen character was more than a notice kid. On the two lead performing artists, Ali remarked, “I needed a young lady who could look characteristic in scenes where she misses the train. She must be without make-up, somebody who could be hyper, loquacious and intriguing however not bothering. I was never a fanatic of her [Kareena] and hadn’t seen an excess of her flicks, yet I just knew Kareena was flawless as Geet […] [On the other hand], When I met him [Shahid], I understood he wasn’t the forgettable performing artist that he goes over in a few of his films. He has experienced a great deal in life and that development had never been brought out. He was ideal for the part of a youthful, full grown, calm fellow.”

The film was shot all through the Punjab district, and began on 20 March 2007 in Chandigarh and later went to Shimla and Manali, where the group recorded a tune on the Himalayas and the Rohtang Pass. Manish Malhotra served as the outfit originator amid the recording. The late spring shots in Punjab of the haveli were shot in Nabha close Patiala. While shooting the last calendar of the film in Mumbai, sources had demonstrated that the lead pair had split up. Despite the fact that the media anticipated it as an attention stunt for the film, it was later affirmed that the couple had to be sure separated. The title of the film was chosen by a mainstream vote; moviegoers had a decision between Punjab Mail, Ishq Via Bhatinda (‘Love by means of Bhatinda’) and Jab We Met.

To advance the film, the performers showed up independently on distinctive TV programs. Kareena Kapoor showed up as visitor judge on the singing ability challenge Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007 whilst Shahid Kapoor showed up on Amul STAR Voice of India and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa separately; they later seemed together on the TV program Nach Baliye. Aside from this, the makers additionally painted two full nearby prepares in Mumbai from the Western and Central lines with Jab We Met symbolism, where Shahid Kapoor visited up with kindred travelers and educated them about the motion picture. On the night of 23 October 2007, a unique sneak peak of the film was sorted out at Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai for those connected with the film and their families.

Reception

The film opened to positive surveys on 26 October 2007 with a genuinely decent opening of 70% all over India and later expanded to 90% amid the weekend. Making an aggregate first week net business of 11.75 crores from 350 cinemas,the film went into the second week with exceptionally solid accumulations and saw an enormous increment with 40%-half addition in shows around the world.

Proceeding with its solid walk in week two with accumulations of more than 90 million (US$1.4 million) and a two-week aggregate of 210 million (US$3.2 million), the film was announced a superhit. Amid its third week, Jab We Met figured out how to include another 20 million (US$300,000) to its accumulations yet endured a mishap because of the entry of Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya, which brought about the quantity of shows for the film being reduced.[26] Due to famous interest and the poor execution of the last, the next week saw an increment in the quantity of prints for the film the nation over, and brought about a half increment of the film’s accumulations. Finishing fifty fruitful days in the cinematic world on 14 December 2007, the film got a hit status by BoxOffice India and kept running effectively in silver screens with more prominent number of shows than the much later-discharged, Om Shanti Om.

As of February 2008, Jab We Met has made a net business of more than 300 million (US$4.5 million), and has developed as one of the greatest hits of the year. On 30 January 2008, it was reported that to commend the accomplishment of its 100 days keep running in the cinematic world, PVR Cinemas in Delhi would have an extraordinary screening of the film on Valentine’s Day.

In the interim, Jab We Met likewise opened well abroad particularly in the U.K., where it was discharged a day prior to its overall arrival of 26 October. Appearing at number 10 in the U.K., the film earned £11,488 on its reviews night and £144,525 on its opening weekend, gathering a sum of £156,013 from 31 screens. The film kept on doing solid business and gathered phenomenal accumulations amid its second week, making a two-week aggregate of £325,996. Throughout the following five weeks, Jab We Met gathered a sum of £43,529 from 54 screens and made a terrific aggregate of £42

Reviews

Upon release, the film opened to positive reviews. Critics praised the film for its simplicity, its romance, saying that it was “one of the finest romantic films to come out of Bollywood in 2007”.The film’s direction and performances were particularly appreciated. Taran Adarsh from indiaFM gave the film a 3.5 out of 5 rating saying it is “as refreshing as an ice-cold watermelon juice in scorching heat.” Subhash K. Jha wrote, “…Jab We Met is the kind of cinematic experience that is hard to come by in this day and age of smoky cynicism and borrowed rage.” Rajeev Masand from CNN-IBN, who gave the film 3 stars out of 5, described it as “a film bursting with the kind of lovely little moments that’ll bring a smile to your face. Khaled Mohamed, of the Hindustan Times, gave the film 3 out of 5 stars, saying the film, “is quite a delight, particularly for the chirpy-chirpy-cheep-cheep girl and the retentive, moan-groan boy. Directed with a flair for garnishing even the most abject of circumstances with humour and irony, here’s a feel-cool movie. Wonderful.

Most critics agreed that the main highlight of the film was the leading pair and Shahid and Kareena’s chemistry. Rajeev Masand further explained, “The real magic of this film lies in the performances of its two main leads who seize your attention from the moment they first appear on screen.” Taran Adarsh commented, “Shahid delivers his career-best performance in Jab We Met… Kareena is in top form as well. Jab We Met is a turning point in her career [personally as well as professionally]. Fantabulous — that’s the right word to describe her work this time. The confidence with which she handles the contrasting characterization speaks volumes. This film should do for her what Kuch Kuch Hota Hai(1998) did for Kajol.” Subhash K. Jha approved the chemistry as well, “…there are sparks…and the ones between Kareena and Shahid are so unselfconsciously genuine that you end up looking at the characters rather than the two actors going through a series of brilliantly conceived and energized incidents…” The Times of India gave the film 4 out of 5 stars concluding, “The film belongs to Shahid and Kareena who pitch in memorable performances and lend a whole new meaning to the boy-meets-girl story.”Moviestalkies.com gave the film 3.5 out of 5 stars and described the movie as “a wonderful film in spite of the fact that its basic premise is extremely simple and has been witnessed several times in the past; in fact there isn’t a single unexpected twist in the tale. However, it is Imtiaz Ali’s treatment and the performances of Shahid Kapoor (undoubtedly his best performance till date) and Kareena Kapoor that transforms this simple script into a romantic film which falls into a class of films like Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.”Joginder Tuteja from indiaglitz.com gave the film 3.5 out of 5 stars, described it as “Shahid-Kareena’s DDLJ“, and concluded that “…it would be a pain if any of the two actors do not get awarded and rewarded for their performances…”

Reviews were favourably directed towards the director, Imtiaz Ali, as well. Indiatimes wrote, “After his much appreciated Socha Na Tha (2004), Imtiaz goes bigger and better and the result is nothing but flying colours”while Bollyvista.com noted, “The plot of the film has been done quite a few times before in India, as well as internationally. What sets it apart is the excellent writing and direction by Imtiaz Ali.”Movietalkies.com went on to say, “Jab We Met is one of those rare films which is not lifted by its screenplay at all. It is only Imtiaz’s vision of making a simple love story with a breath of fresh air, his ability to repackage something we have witnessed several times before and make it feel new that saves the screenplay. It has been a while since we have seen a fresh love story and we should thank Imtiaz for reminding us that sometimes it not what you say but how well you say it.”

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