This film is very much aimed at the youth market, and tells the story of the pacifistic Jai Singh Rathore (‘Rats’, played by newbie Imraan Khan) and the mismatched, aggressive Aditi Mahant (‘Meow’, played by Genelia D’Souza), their constant conflict and resultant friendship. Despite the chalk-and-cheese nature of their friendship, those around them realise they’re perfect for each other…will they realise it?
There must be something in the family, because debutant actor Imraan Khan bears lots of similarities to uncle Aamir, least of all his cheeky grin. This is a strong beginning, though, for Imraan as it is not overstated and allows him show his mettle without showing off – a common crime of newbies in film launches. There are also good performances from the cute Genelia D’Souza, the funny Paresh Rawal, the pretty Manjari Phadnis, Ratna Pathak Shah and Naseeruddin Shah, and the ensemble really adds to the film.
Aamir Khan does have a knack of equating his name with a branded ‘seal of quality’, and although this film is rare (in that he’s involved with it entirely off-screen), it does’t tarnish the Aamir badge – it’s still gleaming and pristine. Writer/director Abbas Tyrewala manages to glean excellent performances from his cast with a script that shines in the first half, but does start to slow down in the second, becoming a little bit more predictable.
Overall, the film shines with suitably excellent music from A.R. Rahman, witty dialogue and great cast, including launchee Imraan Khan, which should guarantee we see more of him in the future and that this goes down as one of the best films so far from 2008.