The Jinx of Jhoom Barabar Jhoom

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The Jinx of Jhoom Barabar Jhoom

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

T

he year was 2006.

Yashraj Films had returned with a Dhoom 2, the only film which still willingly casts the enigma that is Uday Chopra. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra had given the youth both a battle cry and a new eye candy in the form of Siddharth with Rang De Basanti, and Vishal Bhardwaj retained his throne as the Bard’s biggest fan with Omkara. 2006 was also the year that witnessed the debut of Shirish Kunder with the musically charged albeit puzzling Jaan-E-Mann. Directed like a musical, Kunder’s romantic comedy of errors featured an eclectic cast of Preity Zinta, Salman Khan, and Akshay Kumar (as a NASA astronaut no less) and though the film sank without a trace, it left in its wake the idea that a razzmatazz film with a stellar cast, tremendous production values, and an immensly hummable soundtrack could substitute for a plot.

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