• Publication date: November 1, 2010

Half the Truth is Often a Whole Lie Jhoom Barabar Jhoom: A Romantic Tale of Deceit

Alvira Khan (Preity Zinta), a Pakistani living in Britain, views herself as a sophisticated, modern lady who has assimilated into the West. She has admittedly slept with numerous men and dresses in the latest, most revealing fashions. Rikki Thukral (Abhishek Bachchan) lives in a predominantly Indian part of London; he earns cash by selling bootleg DVDs and broken televisions. Like Alvira he fancies himself cultured and, rather than a shyster, refers to himself as an entrepreneur. Both have one thing in common for sure: a magnificent fa�ade.

Alvira Khan (Preity Zinta), a Pakistani living in Britain, views herself as a sophisticated, modern lady who has assimilated into the West. She has admittedly slept with numerous men and dresses in the latest, most revealing fashions. Rikki Thukral (Abhishek Bachchan) lives in a predominantly Indian part of London; he earns cash by selling bootleg DVDs and broken televisions. Like Alvira he fancies himself cultured and, rather than a shyster, refers to himself as an entrepreneur. Both have one thing in common for sure: a magnificent fa�ade.

The two encounter each other while waiting for a delayed train. After some preliminary chitchat they decide to continue their conversation at a local coffee shop. Since Rikki and Alvira are already spoken for, the meeting is purely platonic with no underlying romance. Once there they continue discussing their respective partners. Anaida Raza (Lara Dutta) is Rikki's alleged love whom he met at a Paris hotel, on the same night as Princess Diana's death. The princesses' fatal crash devastated Anaida, forcing her to seek Rikki's comfort.

Lawyer Steve Singh (Bobby Deol) is Alvira's dream guy � pun intended. They meet cute at a wax museum after a Superman replica nearly crushes her. With Singh's legal prowess Alvira files a lawsuit against the museum, they cash in, and presumably live happily ever after.

Inevitably Rikki and Alvira's meeting must come to an end; they exchange phone numbers and depart. Neither boards a train however: Alvira welcomes her relatives from out of town, and Rikki picks up his business partner. Upon leaving the station the two realize they have fallen in love. Ordinarily that would be a wonderful feeling � if only both were not already engaged.

Or are they really? Viewers soon discover that Steve and Anaida are figments of Alvira and Rikki's imagination, created at the spur of the moment merely for boasting purposes. Hereinafter the true drama begins as each attempts to court the other, erroneously believing their contorted truths. Will petty pride and fabrications ruin a potentially perfect match?

The award-winning trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy composed music for the picture. Jhoom Barabar Jhoom's title song, which translates to Sway Baby Sway, generated interest in the film's soundtrack and helped propel the album to the top of India's music charts.

Showing On: MBC MAX

Year: 2007

Duration: 138 minutes

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance

Starring:

Abhishek Bachchan

Preity Zinta

Bobby Deol

Lara Dutta

Director: Shaad Ali

Rating: PG