Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na
Directed by: Abbas Tyrewala
Starring: Imran Khan, Genilia D’Souza
Love Story 2050
Directed by: Harry Baweja
Starring: Harman Baweja, Priyanka Chopra, Boman Irani
Every passing year sees another star kid making their debut in Bollywood and 2008 is no exception. Last year saw Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor make their debut in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya (which released the same day as Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om starring Shah Rukh Khan and introduced Indian supermodel Deepika Padukone- but I digress!) amidst much fanfare and spectacle. This year sees two very different heroes making their debuts in a similar genre, a love story but it is there the similarities end.
Jaane Tu…(JTYJN – dear me, why these filmmakers insist on such long titles!) sees Imran Khan, nephew of the very talented Mr Aamir Khan taking his first step into films. Produced by uncle Aamir, the film is a love story which has music scored by A.R Rehman and is set to remind us what it is like to fall in love again for the first time (those of us that have fallen in love that is!) You’d be forgiven for thinking the premise of the film sounds eerily similar to Aamir Khan’s debut film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (which has stood the test of time and is worth a watch just to show how much Bollywood has changed) but Aamir Khan’s endorsement is not to be taken lightly, seeing as he is one of the more credible actors in Bollywood today and with rising star Genilia D’Souza as the other main lead, JTYJN may see another Khan join the big league in Bollywood.
On the other hand, Love Story 2050 looks equally as interesting. A sci fi love story involving time travel, this film sees producer and director Harry Baweja’s son, Harman in an unconventional debut. With budget busting special effects, large portions of the film shot in Australia and music which is steadily climbing the charts, Love Story 2050 could surprise us all at the box office. Harman has already made the headlines, as not only is he dating his co-star of the film Priyanka Chopra (who dons red hair for this film) but many have noted the resemblance to perhaps the most successful debutante of recent times Hrithik Roshan (let’s face it, he has dominated the Noughties so far). However, Harman is none too pleased with the comparison and has told the media to lay off – ouch! Let’s hope the film will establish Harman as an actor in his own right…
Normally, when two big films hit the marquee at the same time, both initially benefit but the film that connects with the audience normally goes onto to win the war. Going back to last year, Om Shanti Om beat Saawariya hands down in the big Diwali releases and went on to become one of the biggest blockbusters ever. But with JTYJN and Love Story 2050, it honestly is difficult to say which film has the edge. Whilst Aamir Khan’s involvement will bring his huge fan following to the theatres, Priyanka Chopra’s popularity and the novel concept of Love Story 2050 will also appeal to a large section of the audience. As the publicity blitz gets going in earnest, may the best debutante win!