Road/self discovery movies are a tricky business, not everyone can have that STRAIGHT STORY to deliver or be a revolution like Y TU MAMÁ TAMBIÉN or turn inspirational like THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES. Bollywood is continuously in the FINDING FANNY mode as they all know ki (that) ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA.
This in particular helmed by Nitin Mahajan is metaphorically titled as BLUE JEAN BLUES which is designed to portray the shades of emotions young people go through and is strangely said to be an adage on depression which is not exactly the case, it’s more than that. BLUE JEAN BLUES is a journey of discovery, it’s a story of youth and it’s a love story as well told through the eyes and heart of geek turned explorer Krishna (Raj Thakur) aka Kris.
The movie begins as a geeky love story where an average joe like Kris ( may or may not have to do with Hrithik Roshan, the maker can answer that question) finds himself unwanted and a piece of shit when his girlfriend Garima ( Radhika Deshmukh) dumps him for not having chic sense of fashion and a person without style and grace. Kris goes into the self pity mode and locks himself in a shell, keeps himself confined in his house and most of the time sleeping. His mom played by Ashwini Ekbote and his friend Madhumita (Shweta Bist) try to bring him back to normalcy by raising the alarm bell of reality but Kris is reluctant and continues to be aloof. Enters Kartik Mama (Sanjeevkumar Patil) and things change. Kartik Mama - a free willing rebel who does not believe in the institution of marriage and adapts the adage of living life without any pressure/burden. Circumstances lead Kris to stay at Kartik Mama’s farmhouse and here he develops a passion towards cycling and an opportunity to recycle his life.
Nitin Mahajan uses lots of philosophy and metaphor in his narration but somehow, he is not able to get a thoroughly gripping cinema over here. The theme is extra strong but the narration is plain, it’s not bad, but it’s not that powerful to provide the proper justice. It’s laced with moments like the opening scene, the bicycle journey; the transformation of Kris makes an impact. At the same time the helmer shows signs of juvenility in those scenes of shot jeans, the scene where Krish suddenly gets up and says “ I am alive’. The character of Kartik Mama lacks the required sweeping impact. The choice to be in English language is a mystery. The indie ends on a filmy note.
Never the less, BLUE JEAN BLUES is a pious attempt by Nitin Mahajan to tell a story of self discovery, it may not be a potentially rich cinema in its genre but the movie certainly discovers an actor in Raj Thakur. The debutant shows flair for emotions and oozes with confidence. He maintains a subtle approach and gradually transforms from the shy geek to a person who knows what he wants. In fact performances are the strongest part of this indie where Shweta Bist as a true friend shines, Ashwini Ekbote as the caring mother is effortless, Sanjeevkumar Patil has its moments, Radhika Deshmukh is fine.
BLUE JEAN BLUES has travelled through some festivals and it’s a good sign that such indie cinema is getting exposure where we see filmmakers like Nitin Mahajan are not scared in exploring such demanding genres and talents like Raj Thakur are noticed.