Saif Ali Khan gets back into the romantic comedy space, in a more mature avatar, with Jawaani Jaaneman

Anish Mohanty

‘Hum Tum’ (2004) was Saif Ali Khan’s first clean hit as a solo hero. The Kunal Kohli directed film, in which he was paired opposite Rani Mukerji, was a good success and helped him further establish himself as a romantic hero, the glimpses of which one had seen in films like ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ and ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ prior to that. In the following years, he had other successful films in the same genre like ‘Salaam Namaste’, ‘Love Aaj Kal’ and ‘Cocktail’ but it had been a while since one had seen him in that avatar.

‘Jawaani Jaaneman’ released this week and with this film, the audience got to see the actor in an avatar they had loved him in. However, despite stepping into the romantic comedy space again, this time around he was playing someone who was closer to his real age. What made this film different from the ones he had featured in in the past is the fact that this one was set in a more mature space. The promos clearly indicate that he will be seen in a flamboyant avatar all over again but this time, there was a grown-up daughter in the picture too!

In the recent past, the actor was seen largely in intense roles in films like ‘Baazaar’, ‘Kaalakaandi’ and ‘Laal Kaptaan’. His recent villainous turn as Uday Bhan Singh in ‘Tanhaji The Unsung Warrior’ not only won him acclaim but the film (still running successfully in theatres) has turned out to be the biggest commercial success in his career. While he was experimenting with serious roles, his fans missed seeing in light-hearted, fun romantic comedies. Now that the actor is back in that space with ‘Jawaani Jaaneman’, they have a lot to cheer about.

The film has opened to good reviews and after a moderate Friday, has seen growth on day 2, that is, Saturday. The majority of the audience, which has seen the film, has dubbed it as a sweet, charming film laced with some strong performances from the key players. With ‘Jawaani Jaaneman’, Saif has taken another leap as an actor as he has tried to do something different within a familiar space. With the kind of line-up (‘Bunty Aur Babli 2’, ‘Dilli’, ‘Bhoot Police’) he has, one keenly looks forward to the kind of experiments and challenges he takes up as an actor in the near future.

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