There are a few things debutant director Milap Zaveri gets perfectly right in Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai. The film is about Rajesh Parekh, a class-A loser, played by Ritesh Deshmukh, who is an assistant director on the next Farah Khan project.
Several Bollywood names do cameos ? the highlight is Akshay Kumar venting spleen on a rival hero and then changing tracks to high praise as soon as he realises that a television camera is on and Farah Khan, playing an exaggerated version of herself ? she?s a superbly pompous director who after months of shooting, keeps asking Rajesh and his best friend, the still photographer Kushal, played by Vishal Malhotra, who they are.
Up till this point, Jaane Kaha Se Aayi Hai is fun in an obvious, low-IQ sort of way. But with the arrival of the alien Tara, played by Jacqueline Fernandez, who has descended from Venus to learn about love, the rom-com derails.
Fernandez, whose gleaming white teeth and incessant smile, suggest a dental-ad model rather than an actor, works like a pin-prick on a balloon.
The laughs deflate at an alarming rate. Instead we are made to suffer feeble match-making efforts, the clich?d journey from friendship to love, the usual misunderstandings and even a last minute chase to Tara?s spaceship so that the soul-mates, Tara and Rakesh are united.
Tara says that on Venus babies are made by computers but I?m assuming that the virgin couple figure out the mechanics of earthly love.
This convoluted love track is pure tedium but the trouble is that even Zaveri?s jokes drop several notches.
A running gag involves a pornographic CD called Pink Pussy Cats. Rakesh?s lusty father played by Satish Shah, eagerly tries to watch it as do Kushal and Tara.
I don?t know about you but a heavy-breathing Satish Shah isn?t my idea of comedy.
Milap, who also wrote the film, keeps the jokes strictly at frat boy level, which would be fine if there was any bite in them but mostly its one lame line after another.
Ritesh has a nice everyman appeal but it isn?t enough to overcome the script and his super-bland co-star Jacqueline. In fact, Ritesh and Vishal have better chemistry and at least provide us with a few laughs.
This human-alien love story could have been a fun popcorn film but Milap doesn?t mine its potential.
Jaane Kaha Se Aayi Hai is resolutely pedestrian.