Jaan-E-Mann [translation: Sweetheart] is a 2006 Bollywood film starring Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Preity Zinta in the lead roles. The movie is directed by Shirish Kunder and is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. The film re-unites Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar post the success of Mujhse Shaadi Karogi . This was Shirish Kunders first film as a director. He also edited and wrote the dialogues and screenplay.
Anupam Kher is playing a role of a dwarf for the first time in his career. Filming started in New York City on 1 September 2005 and then moved to Mumbai. The male leads were written for Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan, however the latter declined the role of Agastya Rao so Akshay Kumar was roped in.
The first trailer released in late August and cost nearly Rs. 40 lakhs. The film released on 20 October 2006 on the festive weekend of Diwali/Eid. The DVD for the film released on 15 December 2006.
Suhaan [Salman Khan] and Piya [Preity Zinta] fell in love in college and eloped to get married. However, he has to keep his marriage a secret in order to further his career as a movie star, and when his career hits a low, he returns home to find out that she has left him. She does not answer his calls or letters and soon receives Divorce papers in the mail.
The film begins when Suhaan receives a notice saying his ex-wife Piya, who has settled in New York and wants a divorce settlement of 50 lakh rupees lump sum, since he failed to make his alimony payments due to his poor financial condition. Suhaan appeals to his uncle Boney [Anupam Kher], a midget lawyer, for help. As they try to figure out a solution, Agastya Rao [Akshay Kumar] lands up at their doorstep searching for Piya. He reveals to them that he fell in love with Piya during his college days but could not express his love to her because she was in love with someone else, unaware that the person he lost her to was Suhaan. Piya had ignored Agastya then, a nerd, a nobody, and even broke his heart by blowing him off to be with Suhaan at a concert that Agastya had taken her to. A heartbroken Agastya left the college as a result and eventually winds up in Houston working for NASA.
Suhaan and Boney hatch a plan to get Agastya and Piya together, so that Suhaan need not pay the alimony to Piya and Agastya gets the girl of his dreams. Suhaan accompanies Agastya to New York City to help Agastya win Piya over. They rent an apartment right opposite Piyas residence and watch each and every move of hers, literally, using telescopes, binoculars, and surveillance techniques. Using a headset, Suhaan feeds Agastya with lines to woo Piya with and eventually succeeds over the following weeks in getting Piya and Agastya together.
One night, Suhaan finds out Piya had given birth to a baby girl, Suhaans daughter. He also realizes that she left him since she did not want herself and the baby to ruin Suhaans dream-his film career. Suhaan realizes his mistake and tries to make amends and start a new life with Piya and his baby daughter, Suhani. Unfortunately before he can act, Piya gets engaged to Agastya.
It later emerges that Piyas brother, Vishal, had been hiding letters that Suhaan wrote to her, and was also responsible for initiating the divorce process. Agastya realizes Piya is still in love with Suhaan and not him; so he reveals the truth to her and tells her to be with him. Piya flies back to India where Suhaan is trying to find his feet as a small-time actor. They express their love for each other, reuniting their broken family.
A few years later, Agastya is on a NASA space shuttle and initiates a video conference with Suhaan and Piya. He introduces them to his new girlfriend who looks strikingly similar to Piya, Preity Zintakova [a spin-off of Preity Zinta, who plays Piya].
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Jaan-E-Mann opened in nearly 1,200 screens worldwide.
The film faced stiff competition from the Shahrukh Khan starrer, Don - The Chase Begins Again as it was released on the same day. The film opened to a 40% response. The second day saw a huge drop in the collections, due to the Diwali celebrations. According to boxofficeindia.com the collections jumped to 70%, but fell again to 50%. The film has not done well in the smaller centres in India.
Despite the disappointing first week, the collections picked up due to word of mouth. Post Eid, the film saw a dramatic upswing and the film was declared a hit and so was Don - The Chase Begins Again.
Pranab Kapadia, the UK distributor of Jaan-e-Mann said "Jaan-E-Mann''s figures have picked up dramatically in Britain. Although the film grossed a mere ú18,000 on its opening day, the film has experienced a remarkable upswing, grossing ú40,000 on Monday and ú60,000 on Tuesday. The audience and critics reception has been overwhelming".
Despite the disappointing box office figures, the film has fetched extremely good reviews. Reviewer Samrat Sharma from fullhyd calls it "a film that celebrates cinemas achievement in creating the spectacle as an art form, and hands out a visual storytelling device that fuses music and colors in a vivid narrative". The three lead actors got very good reviews for their performances, Akshay Kumar, who was applauded for his comic timing in the film. Preity Zinta was praised for her acting.
*[http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/movies/review/12833/index.html Review-Taran Adarsh ]
*[http://www.filmicafe.com/movie_page.php?movie_id=402&value=review Jaan-e-mann - Review ]
*[http://movies.rediff.com/review/2009/oct/30/review-london-dreams.htm Review- Rediff ]
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