When you hear ‘Purani Jeans’, the only thing that comes to mind is the remarkably popular song by Ali Haidar. Just like those memorable lines in the song, one would anticipate the movie with all the unadulterated innocent fun of adolescence and growing up with your best buddies and friends for life. On top of this, a girl and the love versus friendship dilemma – that is what this Purani Jeans is all about.
We have seen many college time soaps especially in early 90s; the time of beckoning of 24-hour TV programmes with Zee, MTV and Sony. This film, set in the same period, will also remind you of many such serials and some current youth series on Channel V and Bindaas TV.
|It’s about friendship and life of clueless youngsters and how they fare in difficult times and finally come to terms with it.|
|Aditya lives up to his character very well, Tanuj is adequate in his intense and mature yet emotional role, others also perform well.|
|You seek variety and freshness in a common subject like this but don’t get enough of fun, handling of the penultimate moments is excellent.|
|Cinematography is strictly average although the backdrop of mid 90s is set very well.|
|Ram Sampat is one of the great products of the 90s pop music revolution in India and offers a soothing score.|
|Purani Jeans claims to be a youth film about friendship with usual testing situations, a one time watch. Review Scores by Saurin Shah.|
Story wise, the film is very simple, set in a small town on a hill station, Kasauli. There are five friends who just live by friendship and fun, calling themselves ‘Kasauli Cowboys’ with a den and even a list of commandments. Though at the centre of all this is the life and times of three youngsters, two born of each other friends and a girl who finds herself evading their friendship territory and changes the scene forever.
Director Tanushri has penned a decent story with all the expected elements and has also packaged it well with a smooth pace of transition of situations from beginning to end, complimented by excellent music and background score.
The only trouble areas seem to be some loosely executed pivotal scenes and half-baked dialogue delivery and acting by the lead actors. If only the climax had been directed and scripted to look more mature, to give enough justice to the unfolding of truth and justifiable conclusion to the good story.
Aditya Seal steals the show here as he plays his outspoken character with a broken inner-self very well. He shows natural swagger and ease in playing the popular stud among the group with his innocent smile and youthful caricature, at the same time he does pardonably decent job in melodrama situations.
Tanuj performs his down-playable character well and the emotional scenes reflect his talent. Izabelle Leite fresh from her debut in Sixteen (2014), plays the love interest of the two boys and has a minimal role to play. Sarika portrays an emotionally troubled mother, Rati Agnihotri is typical, Rajit Kapoor is wasted.
Ram Sampat has always given some of the most hummable compositions in many pop albums and has maintained a consistent quality over the years. His songs match the flavour of the film and compliments the moments of the movie well.
Overall, Purani Jeans is a feel good youngster’s film about friendship, romance and heartbreaks added with beautiful locales and some quality tunes. It won’t leave any lasting impression, but none the less it’s a decent movie.