Friday, May 14, 2004


If a filmmaker can’t think of a better way to start a movie than a pointless song-and-dance in which the hero leers at village belles, he has lost the audience in the first five minutes.

Jeeva’s Run is a remake of a successful Telugu film, and of course, it makes you marvel as the tolerance level of Southern audiences.

Siddharth (Abhishek Bachchan) comes to Delhi to study. God knows what he does in college, he seems to spend all his time stalking Jahnvi (Bhumika Chawla). Films such as this, give the idea, specially to Delhi Romeos that girls fall in love with stalkers!

Jahnvi’s brother Ganpat (Mahesh Manjrekar), he of Marathi name and hybrid Haryana/Rajasthan dialect is a monster who beats and maims any guy who looks at his sister. (The father of one such victim says with unintended humour: “Girls don’t chase girls, boys do!”)

Siddharth, besides being the Casanova of Allahabad, is also a boxer, martial arts expert and tough street fighter, who easily flattens Ganpat’s goons. Ganpat hits back by targetting his family, at which Siddharth decides enough is enough and elopes with Jahnvi. Which he could have done to begin with, and saved everybody two hours of torture.

What is most offensive about Run – apart from the fact nobody actually runs anywhere—is the patriarchal treatment of women. Two men have to fight over her in the end, she has not much of a say in her own life. The next offensive element is Vijay Raaz’s comedy track, in which is keeps abusing his father.

Abhishek Bachchan has to do a lot of dancing, fighting and strutting, in which he copies his father Amitabh Bachchan down to the last facial twitch. While Bachchan Sr. carried it off with great élan and charm, Abhishek just ends up looking loutish. Bhumika Chawla is hardly the type a guy would spy from a bus window and fall in love with so heavily. Himesh Reshammiya’s songs are the only saving grace of this movie.


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