About Jaane Jaan
As a frightened Maya D'Souza (played by Kareena Kapoor) hears a knock on her apartment's door, fear is visible on her face, so much so that she might almost turn blue. Her disheveled hair and gasping breath tell an altogether different story.
Maya mentions something about trying to shoo the 'cockroach' away to Nareen Vyas (played by Jaideep Ahlawat), a reputed math teacher in town, and her neighbour, as she answers the door. But what happens in her home remains a secret to be discovered.
Directed by Sujoy Ghosh, Jaane Jaan is a crime thriller based on the novel The Devotion of Suspect X, written by Keigo Higashino. The film revolves around a single mother (Maya) and her teenage daughter, whose lives turn upside down as they try to hide a vile secret that only gets worse with each passing day.
But what is scaring Maya? Is it a ghost from the past lurking around? Who is this teacher who knocks on the door? Is he suspicious of Maya's behaviour? All of these questions will be answered one by one as you dive into the grey, gruesome, and gripping world of Jaane Jaan, served with sharp casting and layered emotions.
Jaane Jaan Review: Storyline
The storyline of the film revolves around Kareena Kapoor and her mundane life as a single mother, living in Kalimpong. Her daughter is her ray of sunshine. Until one day, when a 'cockroach' (yes, a stubborn one) enters her life and nothing is ever the same. She is somehow caught in a crime investigation. Her neighbour, a math teacher more of a magician of numbers and logic, offers to help, and a resilient cop, Karan Anand (played by Vijay Varma), digs into the case, leading to something you are not ready for!
The story of Jaane Jaan is a mix of unhealed traumas from the past, making its way when things get vulnerable. How insecurity seeps in at its worst moments and how the balance between innocence and subtle beauty sweeps everyone off their feet with chills and thrills.
Jaane Jaan: Performances
The casting of the film should be rewarded for being one of the finest we have seen in recent times. Jaideep, Kareena, and Vijay brought their roles to life with sheer brilliance without getting overshadowed by each other.
Kareena Kapoor, donning kohl-rimmed eyes and clean ponytail, steals the show with her innocent and honest portrayal of Maya. On days she is a strong single mom, and on days she is a quirky independent lady, but the subtlety does not leave her role; it lingers and continues to linger even after the movie ends.
Jaideep Ahlawat, the mathematician, is the star of the film. His dialogue delivery and that soft smile are enough to make him seem mysterious. Jaideep, as a regular but not so regular teacher, wins hearts with his precision of character. His lingo is muted yet perfect, realistic yet extraordinary. One of the finest actors we have, and there's no denying that!
Vijay Varma, the bad boy, turned good this time for Jaane Jaan. It was quite refreshing to see Vijay play a cop, who too has an underlining thought process that often diverts him from work (keeping those secrets buried). He is as crisp, natural, and perfectly convincing as Karan Anand.
We couldn't have asked for a better combination of talented actors, with such seasoned cast as Kareena, Jaideep, and Vijay taking centre stage with laudable performances quenching our thirst for a perfect thriller.
Jaane Jaan Review: Direction
Sujoy Ghosh's filmography is known for the utter importance he gives to the colour tone and locations. Set in Kalimpong, the film has hues of grey, black, and blue that add just the right amount of drama and suspense to Jaane Jaan—a perfect director's vision, we must say.
A few sequences in the film, which make for story-telling, are shot intelligently, only Sujoy can pull them off. The shots of the film are crisp, clean, and colour-blocked beautifully to go well with the dark tone of the story. The flashbacks, dream sequences, and even the spine-chilling, icky scenes are tastefully directed.
Jaane Jaan Review: Music
Kudos to the filmmakers for fitting a classic like Aa Jaane Jaan into this crime thriller, that doesn't even seem out of the place but also makes for the title of the movie. The BGM too, is soft and suspenseful.
Jaane Jaan Review: Verdict
Think of Jaane Jaan as an empty canvas that has shades of muted pastel colours, mostly shady, but is crafted so brilliantly that it paints a chilling, believable, and well-directed cinematic picture. A perfect moody thriller, more like an ode to how believable and twisted crime dramas are made with simplicity and art.
And well, that is exactly what makes this Kareena Kapoor X Sujoy Ghosh film an absolute winner. With several aspects coming together to make for a perfect watch, there's almost no reason to not watch this thriller, currently trending on Netflix!
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