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August 26, 2010

Mini-review: Jaane Jaan (1983)

Memsaab: “But…but…Ranjeet and Bindu get married! And play good guys! How can that possibly be bad?!”

Shalini (patiently): “Why is it bad? Let’s see: for the first half of the movie Neetu plays a rich little suicidal (she thinks she has cancer and only has months to live) girl who hires unemployed, working class Randhir to kill her. It’s nobler/braver, you see, to “defeat” death by taking it in your hands rather than doing something sensible like consulting with doctors to see if there might be some treatments/cures. Anyway, she spends the second half of the film trying to not fall victim to an elaborate, sick revenge plot concocted by deranged, homicidal Ajit. Ajit becomes unhinged when his only child (a young Gufi Paintal) kills himself over his unrequited love for Neetu. He of course blames Neetu for not loving his son back and is determined to make her pay for her “crime.” Neetu and Randhir fall in love in the midst of all of it, because what could be more romantic than this plot?”

Memsaab: “But…Ranjeet…and Bindu…….”

Shalini: “You never learn, do you?”

A few hours later:

Memsaab: “OMG! Ajit STABS A PICTURE OF A KITTEN, he is so crazy!”

Shalini: “Keeping Paintal’s preserved body in the bedroom is worse.”

Memsaab: “That’s probably true.”

Shalini: “Do you realize that Ranjeet (and Bindu) are the most *normal* characters in this movie?! I suppose that’s reason enough for this movie to be immortalized.”

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