Namaste! I want to save you a little time. Since I sacrificed my time and watched Janani (2006), I don’t really see the need for you to do the same, unless of course this little review compels you to watch Janani, then by all means watch karo! I kept delaying my returning this movie to Netflix, since I knew there was a lot of groundbreaking screen capping to do, which I finally got around to and I offer to you now. I got this movie after doing a search for the sweetheart of Maine Pyaar Kiya (1989), Bhagyashree. I’ve always wanted to see more of her after Maine Pyaar Kiya, and remember reading this about her: Her career took a down turn after she started insisting on doing roles only opposite her husband Himalaya Dasani. Since then she only acted in television serials. (source) Well you know I had to find a sample of them together, and here it is, Bhagyashree and her real life husband:
How did you like those phones? Now back to Janani! Janani popped up in my Bhagyashree search and since I saw Mohnish Behl co starred, it was a no brainer to order it. Most important of all, Bhagyashree and Mohnish looked fantastic. They’re both even more attractive than when they appeared together in Maine Pyaar Kiya. This film seemed like it was a made for TV movie, and it was surprising that there was even any information about it out there on the web, but I did find things and I particularly enjoyed this review. A nice feature to the DVD was the option to, Select your own end. First time on DVD. Well it was the first time I’d seen that and I elected to see the Heartbreaking Ending first, knowing I could temper the sorrow with a 2nd viewing of the Heavenly Ending. Which ending would you choose?
Here’s how the story goes; Rahul (Vineet Raina) and Neha (Sonica Handa) go on a date to the go cart track. There’s dancing, and lots of good clean fun. There’s also quite a bit of sexual tension on the date, since Neha doesn’t wear too many clothes and when she does they are very revealing. As you may predict, a go carting date leads to them consummating their relationship in the shower.
Initially polite, they take a sudden turn when they find out who Neha’s mom is.
Stupid Rahul thinks it’s a class issue, so naive!
He thinks it’s their fancy toy company, in fact the best and leading toy company of India, that’s making his parents have their adverse reaction to Neha. At this point I was thinking Nahin Rahul, the best and leading toy company of India was owned by Amitabh in Waqt: The Race Against Time. I distinctly recall him holding a stuffed giraffe from his factory in that film, so how could YOUR family have the leading toy company? Back to Janani, sorry. OK. so here’s the reason Neha has to go:
Don’t you hate when that happens? So Rahul freaks out, runs out of the mansion and drives off really fast on his motorcycle and generally acts suicidal. He’s completely unhinged, knowing he’s committed incest with Neha, but luckily he runs into a group of vagrant sufis singing an inspirational qawwali. I searched to find this song online so I could include the video, but haven’t found it yet. In fact the only clips I could find were the shower scene described above. Go figure.
Meanwhile, we need to learn a bit about Neha’s mom, Akanksha (Bhagyashree). Akanksha used to work in India’s best and leading toy company back in the day with Rahul’s mom. Akanksha was Urmila’s assistant and it seems that her husband, Tarun, also worked at this company. Akanksha and her husband Tarun (Aman Verma) have a son, also named Rahul. He’s also a go carting fan, but he has some trouble one day during a race, since he’s dizzy from a brain tumor.
Akanksha and Tarun can’t afford the expensive brain tumor surgery, so rich co-workers/friends Urmila and Raj step in and pay for it. Akanksha goes to their home to thank them, and as is traditional in Bollywood films, she overhears some important information; Urmila is infertile, but desperately wants a baby and brings the following idea to Raj:
Raj will not go for this idea. He questions how his offspring can be correctly nurtured in another woman’s womb since they would not know her morals or beliefs. Urmila is distraught and begs him and the whole scene seems hopeless. Akanksha knows that her little Rahul’s life was just saved thanks to them funding the brain tumor surgery. She really is indebted to them and wants to help. Akanksha, just overhearing their dilemma goes to the temple and has a plan that she runs by her mother in law first.
Then with approval of her mother in law and husband, she goes to tell Urmila and Raj her plan and they’re like Say what?
So she’s carrying Raj’s baby, through artificial means, and then the unthinkable happens! Her son Rahul (Master Smith Seth) ends up dying, despite the pricey brain tumor surgery. Hota hai, but still, a bummer.
With her own son now dead, and now with the new baby she promised to Urmila here, Akanksha changes her mind and decides to keep the new baby, even name him Rahul, since her Rahul’s spirit went into this new baby anyway. I guess you could call her an Indian giver. Sorry to be offensive, but it was too funny to resist.
Akanksha’s decision reversal drives Urmila to insanity, since who would she be if not a mother? The Dr. comes by and sedates her a lot since she’s berserk / pagal without her promised baby. What more can they do?
Raj makes an appeal to Aksnksha, and begs her to give Urmila the baby. I especially like the picture on the wall of dead brain tumor Rahul that you can see here:
Just look how great Behl and Bhagyashree look here:
Yes, she eventually ends up giving Rahul to Urmila and Raj and then goes to work as a nurse. To add a little more trauma, her husband and mother in law are killed in a car crash. To ease the pain, Akanksha adopts little baby orphan Neha, and raises her as her own. Now, fast forward to real time and Akanksha’s daughter, Neha, tells her mom what just happened at Rahul’s home and how his parents reacted to her. Akanksha tells Neha the tale of her past. Neha, thinking she’s Rahul’s biological sister, and knowing what they did in the shower is now, like Rahul, also suicidal.
Her mom tells her that she was merely a surrogate mother to Rahul and that Neha is adopted, so they are NOT siblings after all. Phew! Neha frantically calls Rahul with the good news, but he’s too busy trying to shoot himself that he won’t answer his phone. They speed to his home and break down the door only to find…
So I’ve told you most of the movie, but from these last pictures, you have to wonder how it all ends?
I’d love to hear from anyone who has taken the time to watch this film. What did you think? And if you haven’t seen it, don’t you almost want to see it now?