Eros International and NextGen Films’ Purani Jeans (UA) is a coming-of-age film about friendship and love. The title is a metaphor for friendship. Siddharth Ray alias Sid (Tanuj Virwani) and Samuel Lawrence alias Sam (Aditya Seal) are bosom pals since childhood. Bobby Shekhawat (Param Baidwan), Tino Kathuria (Kashyap Kapoor) and Susheel Sharma alias Suzy (Raghav Kakkad) are also close pals of Sid and Sam and they all live in Kasauli. Sam comes from a dysfunctional family but never talks about his problems to his friends. He, however, confides in Sid’s mother (Rati Agnihotri), with whom he is very close.
One day, a girl, Nayantara (Izabelle Leite), comes in their lives. Both, Sid and Sam, fall in love with her. Nayantara loves Sid and when she gets to know of Sam’s love for her, she asks Sid to tell his best friend – Sam – that he (Sid) and she are in love. Before Sid can tell Sam about their love affair, he sees Sam and Nayantara in close proximity and assumes that both are in love with each other. Since Sid is, anyway, due to leave for the USA for further studies, he decides to get out of Sam’s way.
Soon, Sid and Nayantara get intimate one day and end up in bed. On seeing them together in bed, Sam is devastated. He gives Sid a piece of his mind and breaks his friendship with him. Even as Sid goes to Sam’s home to patch up with his childhood friend, he sees Sam racing in his car and actually driving to his death. Sid is shattered and holds himself responsible for Sam’s death.
Is Sid actually the reason why Sam had committed suicide? Or was there another reason for his death?
Years later, Sid returns to Kasauli from the USA to sell his house as his mother has passed away. Does he meet his old friends? Does he meet Nayantara? Is she married or still single? Do Sid and Nayantara get married to each other?
Tanushri Chatterji Basu’s story about a girl being the cause of two friends drifting apart is as old as the hills. The only thing is that in this film, there’s an additional track of one friend’s dysfunctional family. Her screenplay is confusing sometimes, as the drama unfolds in flashbacks. Even otherwise, the screenplay does not touch the heart as the conflict points are quite half-baked and don’t seem too genuine. For instance, Sid assumes that Nayantara and Sam love one another just on the basis of an embrace they are locked in. Although it is a film about young friends, the character of Sid is so laidback and dull that it irritates the audience. Also, the track of Sam’s dysfunctional family looks like an add-on, more so because his mother and foster-father are never shown interacting with his friends. The first half is repetitive and never really moves as the scenes keep establishing the friendship of Sid, Sam and the others and the love angles of Sid and Sam with Nayantara. The pace and drama pick up post-interval but again, the drama fails to touch the heart. Although it is a film about friendship and love, the romance is far from heartwarming. Comedy often falls flat on its face. Emotions fail to touch the heart. Tanushri Chatterji Basu’s dialogues are good at places.
Tanuj Virwani suffers on account of a dull characterisation. His acting is average. He needs to look up (rather than down) while talking and also needs to improve his dialogue delivery and dancing skills. Aditya Seal looks fair and acts with ease. Izabelle Leite is pretty and her performance is okay. Sarika does a fine job as Sherry Lawrence. Rati Agnihotri is quite nice in a brief role. Rajit Kapur, as Sherry’s second husband, Abhijeet, is reasonably good. Param Baidwan, Kashyap Kapoor and Raghav Kakkad get limited scope and they are okay. Kashika Chopra has her moments in the role of Nayantara’s sister, Ayesha. Manoj Pahwa (as Bunty) and Umesh Rajput (as Bahadur) lend ordinary support.
Tanushri Chatterji Basu’s direction is quite good. It is better than her script. Ram Sampath’s music is fairly nice although the need of the film was hit music. ‘Dil aaj kal’ is quite soulful. ‘Yaari yaari’ and ‘Out of control’ are also okay. Lyrics (by Prashant Ingle, Ashish Pandit, Munna Dhiman and Kunwar Juneja) are fair. Firoz Khan and Arvind Thakur’s choreography ought to have been more eye-filling. Ram Sampath’s background music is alright. Cinematography (by Sunil Patel and Christo Bakalov) is okay. Durgaprasad Mahapatra and Abhishek Redkar’s sets are ordinary. Action scenes, choreographed by Inoddin Sheikh, are average. Apurva Motiwale and Ashish Mhatre’s editing is fair. Production values could’ve been better.
On the whole, Purani Jeans is too dull and predictable to make any impact at the box-office. Its poor initial will only add to its tale of woes. Flop show!