Purani Wine, New Bottle
Film: Purani Jeans
Cast: Tanuj Virwani, Aditya Seal, Izabelle Leite
Directed by: Tanushri Chattrji Bassu
Duration: 2 hrs 10 mins
Rating: * *
An attempt to portray the best days of the lives of a bunch of guys, Purani Jeans makes a sincere attempt but ends up looking like a wannabe. The story has too many clichés about friendship and I hope our films would get over with this two friends falling in love with the same girl syndrome. Next time I see anything like that, I might have to force myself to the restroom to take a break.
Told in flashback by a Sid (Tanuj Virwani, Rati Agnihotri’s son) a desi in New York, it is about his days in Kasauli with his friends, they call themselves the Kasauli cowboys. Sid was a sober guy and a closet poet who is introduced to Jim Morrison by the more outgoing and flamboyant Sam (Aditya Seal) who hails from a royal family. He has issues with daddy while mummy (Sarika) consumes alcohol by the gallon.
A new girl (Izabelle Leite) comes to town and both the men fall for her. Sounds familiar? Having used such a beaten track you would expect at least the treatment to be different but alas, no such luck here. There is an attempted twist towards the finale but it is too little too late.
What Purani Jeans lacks is originality; everything appears the been-there-done-that type. Even the youthful gags fail to score any points and there are several questions about the characterization.
Aditya Seal shows some zeal while Izabelle Leite needs some acting lessons, quickly. I would have been happy to hear some Doors music on the soundtrack of the film. The odd reference to the band was the only thing that kept me interested.
Published in The Navhind Times on 4th May 2014