At first glance, “Jab We Met” begins to resemble a few films wherein two strangers are going on a journey together. This may not be a “Veer-Zaara” love story, but it’s definitely a ride full of surprises.
The story begins quietly as a businessman, Aditya (Shahid Kapoor), leaves everything in his life after being heartbroken. He spontaneously gets on a moving train headed anywhere. He ends up meeting an annoying Bhatinda girl named Geet (Kareena Kapoor). Its obvious Aditya is in no mood to talk but Geet continues to be obnoxious with him.
Aditya decides to get off the train and for no reason Geet gets off too because the train is about to leave without him. So our heroine is now stranded and forces our hero to take her home safe and sound since he caused her to miss the train.
Their journey to North India introduces us to a regular Punjabi family and we discover that Geet has a hidden agenda to run off with her boyfriend (Tarun Arora) rather than being in an arranged marriage. Aditya wants to escape, but ends up staying since the family is indebted to him that he brought Geet home. On the night that Geet plans to escape, she tells Aditya to come with her. In turn, the family thinks they ran off together. Geet and Aditya part and go their separate ways.
”Jab We Met” has a good mix of humour, drama, music, acting, etc. Imtiaz Ali should be commended for taking a story that has been seen before and making it fresh. His dialogues are witty and realistic. His screenplay needs fine tuning in the second half as the pace drops and the story becomes slow upto the climax. As a director, Imtiaz Ali makes sure that the main characters share chemistry and we forget that they are actors.
Surprisingly, this is Shahid Kapoor’s best performance. He adds the right emotions to his character and is very mature as Aditya. Kareena Kapoor has a great flair for comedy and the dramatic portions prove she has acting in her blood; this is a top-notch performance. The supporting characters do what they have to, but Tarun Arora is the most awkward actor of the lot.
Music by Pritam is infused perfectly into the film. You’ll be humming “Aao Milo Chale”, “Naggada Naggada”, “Mauja Hi Mauja”, and “Tum Se Hi” by the end of the film. The movie is shot beautifully in the first half. Editing is sloppy in the second half.