Starring the gorgeous Kareena Kapoor Khan, Jaane Jaan is a simplistic murder investigation set in the lovely hill town of Kalimpong. The plot and setting are intriguing, but the screenplay lacks substance. Jaideep Ahlawat‘s acting as a maths teacher was brilliant, making the film worthy of a watch. Mangoidiots gives a Raw to this film on Netflix.

Kareena impresses us as Maya, the mother to a daughter, and so does the girl, Naisha Khanna who played the role of her daughter Tara. I would’ve loved to see more screen time exploring their relationship. Vijay Varma has done an acceptable job as Karan Anand. But it was Jaideep Ahlawat who brought to life the character of the teacher, a bachelor in love, the true star of this film.

The scene where Maya tricks Karan into eating the dragon sauce, which is eye-popping hot, was childish, yet it was rewarding to watch. However, it felt silly to see an investigation officer ask a lady under suspicion out for coffee at a restaurant and a Karaoke bar – the reasonings given were unconvincing. I appreciate Director Sujoy Ghosh‘s choice to leave it to the audience to figure out the flashback of Maya, by only providing clues. At the same time, the missing character definitions make it a little hard to empathise with the lead characters. This was a drawback to understanding who was Naren and who was Karan before the story, doing what they did in the story.

The screenplay has shades of Jeethu Joseph‘s Drishyam, which should have been avoided. The climax is also unsatisfactory, as it leaves the viewer wondering why the lead characters went through all this trouble. Overall, Jaane Jaan is a watchable film with some good performances, but it falls short of being a memorable one.

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