A convoluted movie making exercise gone horribly wrong, JEENA ISI KA NAAM HAI directed by Keshhav Panneriy and based on a premise by Purnima Mead is a 170 minutes frowning yawn that has every ingredient required to make a lip smacking Bollywood potboiler - a voice for girl child, woman empowerment, romance, royal palaces, jungles, America etc. etc.. But no proper preparation and a procedure to churn all this into a film.JEENA ISI KA NAAM HAI
A complete ho hum that begs for some dum (power), life, JEENA ISI KA NAAM is such a disaster that demands an insurance package both for the makers and the audience.
It's not that the movie didn't have a plot, it had and was a reasonably good one to bet on but the execution by director Keshhav Panneriy is so vividly crippled and disjointed that it becomes unbearable right from the first couple of reels.
Alia (Manjari Fadnnis) daughter of Peter Patrick (Aayam Mehta) from an unknown zilla (town) in Rajasthan has his own villa but he is possessed with a poisonously dangerous belief that girls are a burden and he longs for a male child. When Peter Patrick becomes father of a male child, the already neglected Alia faces further rejection and humiliation from her parents. The feisty (must be in the plot idea but doesn't come out convincingly in the film) Alia fights with her misfortune and hardships to pursue her education and becomes the crush for her classmate Alex (Himansh Kohli - 'u' pls ask Mr, Kohli for the missing 'u', it's his spelling not mine) and desire of Raja Vikram Pratap Singh (Ashutosh Rana) the King of that town.
It's time to frown, Vikram marries Alia in weirdest circumstances and the feudal chauvinist hubby decides against having a girl child and orders abortion of the pregnant Alia. A motivating confidant in Lakshmi (Supriya Pathak) helps Alia to get free from the cages of Vikram Pratap Singh. Lakshmi is a an avatar of God Mother in her village and don't ask about the unintentionally funny way she motivates a girl to slap back at her husband. Anyways, Alia enters Mumbai (the genre, the era of this movie is still unknown).
Without wasting any minute and frame that shows Alia's struggle in the city of dreams, Alia gets a shelter in an NGO and while teaching the underprivileged kids at the NGO, she gives birth to a girl child. Wah wah. Nari Shkati ki 'Jai Ho'. Wait the movie is not over. 'Jai Ho' se yaad aaya actor Arbaaz Khan will be better remembered as the maker of DABANGG in the long run has to make an entry as NRI tycoon Aditya Kapoor (Arbaaz Khan). From here Alia gets a job in a filmi publication 'Mayanagri' owned by the veteran Prem Chopra who plays Shaukat Ali Mirza 'KarachiWale' - an old timer whose love for Urdu is unmatchable. From 'Mayanagri' Alia travels to America, gives bold coverage of the gulf war while Aditya Kapoor tries to express his feelings towards Alia but in vain.
Amreetaa Roy's script is a pointless mess that fails to entertain engage and goes cheesy without a warning. Making the audience laugh at the proceedings and not with the proceedings. Picture this.. Alia and Aditya go for a Lunch in posh hotel. The gay waiter wishes them in all those cliches associated with stereotyped gay characters in Bollywood. The waiter advises them to have 'couple' dishes which goes like - He and She Daal Makhani, He and She sandwiches and so on. Bizarre.
Ironically, this is what JEENA ISI KA NAAM HAI sums up to be - trying to be everything and ending up with just nothing. The acting by Manjari Fadnnis is decent and the best thing after the plot idea. Rana and Arbaaz are strictly okay. It was good to see Prem Chopra on screen after a hiatus. Supriya Pathak is quite good.
The above incident is just an example, the movie dares to show a snow fall in Rajasthan.. The line 'magic' of cinema seems to be taken too literally by the makers over here. There is a sequence shot in White House and you wonder is becoming a top writer so simple and spontaneous that you are even honoured at the White House!! And guess what? You don't attend that function and fly back to India.. The movie begins from this sequence but I end it over here.. it's getting overblown.