Rating: 1.5/5 Stars (One and Half stars)
Star cast: Tanuj Virwani, Aditya Seal, Izabelle Leite, Sarika, Rati Agnihotri, Manoj Pahwa.
Director: Tanushri Chattrji Bassu
What’s Good: Well, now and then flaunted posters of Jim Morrisson and John Lennon are all you want to see in the film. Also if you have a thing for chalk white beauties, Izabelle Leite could be an eye candy for you.
What’s Bad: Possibly everything. There is less to look forward to in a film that stars one film olds who are trying to act. They falter at crucial scenes and there is no supporting cast to hold on to.
Loo break: Too many.
Watch or Not?: Purani Jeans is easily avoidable. The film offers you nothing interesting or knowledgeable for that matter. It is a film that you may watch if you have absolutely no plans and still want to enjoy the experience of sitting in a theatre and munching on popcorn without wondering what is going on the screen.
Purani Jeans is a ‘ghisa-pita-purana’ love triangle. The same old best friends falling for one girl story. Set in the Himachal’s sleepy town Kasauli, it is about a 90s summer that gets hormones raging for the ‘Kasauli Cowboys’ and that is where the turning point is.
What happens when two best friends fall for the same girl? Well, we have seen it before but Purani Jeans redoes it with a little more emotional drama.
Purani Jeans Review: Script Analysis
This script has ample faults. To start with, it is highly predictable and lacks any kind of novelty. The characters are too clichéd, with one spoilt rich kid and the other guy coming from a poor background who wants to make it big. The story even though set in Kasauli has the characters using the Delhi lingo, it’s as if the youth all over India talks the ‘Kariyo’ way.
The disparity between Tanuj’s character Siddharth and Aditya’s spoilt Sam almost reminds us of the Student Of The Year duo Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan who share the same kind of friendship and falling for the same girl element.
A lot instances in the film promote regressive ideas. There are also instances in the film where there is no connectivity in scenes; the script is not well woven. A young group of guys calling themselves ‘Kasauli Cowboys’ and having vows exchanged reminds us of the high-school sorority girls that we often find in Hollywood films.
Purani Jeans Review: Star Performances
It is hard to believe that even after a film like Luv U Soniyo, Tanuj Virwani thinks of acting again. He struggles through majority of the scenes. There are scenes where you cannot tell what his random expressions want to convey.
On the other hand Izabelle Leite acts as though it is a fairness cream commercial. She has a bland smile in most of the scenes which signifies absolutely nothing.
With Tanuj and Isabelle in a desperate ‘attempt’ to act, Aditya Seal the young guy from ‘Ek Chotisi Love Story’, could be the only actor who stands out in the film. He is not exactly brilliant but manages to ‘act’ unlike the rest of the cast.
Even an experienced actress like Sarika falters in the film. Shown to be ‘drunk’ in majority of the scenes, Sarika is a complete disappointment in her role.
Purani Jeans Review: Direction, Editing and Screenplay
The film starts with a quote by Jim Morrison, “A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself”. Unfortunately, after this quote, there is less that is worth looking forward to.
The film lacks any kind of originality. It is the same old coming of age love story. In fact it gets highly chauvinistic in certain scenes. Being directed by a woman, it shocked me to find scenes that are offensive towards the female audience. The reference of ‘Always marry a virgin’ being a ‘cowboy’ rule had me disgusted in a 21st century film. Also the oftenly made passes at ‘blonde’ girls were unnecessary. Tanushree’s debut film has every element that has been done to death in any film dealing with youth such as the scenes of drinking and jumping in water bare shirt or the teenage girl getting pregnant and then dealing with abortion.
The first half of the film is a drag and there are some evident mistakes such as Tanuj’s character Siddharth not knowing the punk rock band ‘The Doors’ while the wall of his room shows the lyrics of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ written in clear letters. The whole ‘Purani Jeans is like friendship’ reference is quite lost in the film as the friendship as such is not evident in the film.
Purani Jeans Review: The Last Word
The film is like any other youth centric film that fails to portray the emotions of friendship and love in a relatable manner. There is less cohesiveness in the story and more often that not one loses interest. Purani Jeans is a fickle attempt to make you relive your college memories. The least you expect in a film aimed at the youth is to have a good music, but Ram Sampath seems to have lost his midas touch as the musical tones rather than uplifting the film make it sink even more. Purani Jeans is passable and I would recommend it only if one has a strong urge or a ‘hunger pang’ to watch a film for the sake of it.
Purani Jeans Trailer
Purani Jeans releases on 2nd May, 2014.
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