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Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na (translation: Whether you know... or not) is a 2008 Indian coming of age romantic comedy film, written and directed by Abbas Tyrewala. The film stars Imran Khan and Genelia D'Souza in the lead roles. Produced by Mansoor Khan, Aamir Khan, it marks the directional debut of Abbas Tyrewala, the debut of Imran Khan (Aamir Khan's nephew) and Prateik Babbar as actors, and the re-appearance of D'Souza in Hindi cinema. Released on 4 July 2008, the film received positive reviews and was successful at the box office. The music is by A. R. Rahman.

Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byAbbas Tyrewala
Produced byMansoor Khan
Aamir Khan
Written byAbbas Tyrewala
StarringImran Khan
Genelia D'Souza
Prateik Babbar
Arbaaz Khan
Sohail Khan
Music byA. R. Rahman
CinematographyManoj Lobo
Edited byShan Mohammed
Distributed byPVR Pictures
UTV Motion Pictures
Release date
4 July 2008
Running time
155 minutes
Budget100 million[1][2]
Box office532 million[3]



The story begins as a flashback in an airport, when Jiggy (Nirav Mehta), Rotlu (Karan Makhija), Sandhya (Alishka Varde), and Shaleen (Sugandha Garg) offer to tell Mala (Renuka Kunzru), the unique love story of Jai and Aditi. Jai (Imran Khan) is the most non-violent Rajput to have existed, while Aditi (Genelia D'Souza), a.k.a. ‘Meow‘, is a highly aggressive, impulsive girl. Her nickname is the result of her abuse and scratching of people.

Despite their differences, Jai and Aditi are best friends in college. Jai and Aditi seem perfect for each other, but everyone except themselves acknowledge the fact. Aditi dreams of a virile, macho husband, while Jai wants a sweet, romantic girl. Since the two of them don't believe that they are in love, after finishing college they start to hunt for a perfect life partner. Jai falls in love with Meghna (Manjari Phadnis) in a club where two rough boys were misbehaving with her. He rescues her cleverly, not by fighting but by tricking the two, thus winning Meghna's heart. When Meghna and Jai get close to each other, Rotlu, Jiggy, Sandhya and Shaleen are happy, but nobody notices that Aditi is missing Jai's company. Meghna informs Jai that her parents squabble but cannot live without each other. Jai visits Meghna's parents and sees that her father is an alcoholic and while Jai goes to meet Meghna's parents, he misses Aditi's surprise birthday party, whereby Aditi's feelings are hurt.

Later, feeling deserted, Aditi gets engaged to her father's friend's son, Sushant Modi (Ayaz Khan). She sees in him the macho man she always wanted. However, Sushant is also a spoilt playboy. Aditi's brother, Amit (Prateik Babbar), tries to make her see who Sushant really is but Aditi continues her relationship with Sushant, while considering that Jai is still with Meghna. At Jiggy's birthday party, Aditi introduces her fiancé to everyone, followed by everyone dancing to music, during which, she feels jealous seeing Jai dancing with Meghna. At the same time, Jai is upset over Aditi's engagement to Sushant. However in the middle of the dance, Sushant feels Aditi is crying due to her liking for Jai and therefore kisses her. When Jai sees Sushant kissing Aditi, he stops dancing abruptly. Meghna tries to cheer him up, but it just results him in becoming more angry, ending with him shouting at her instead.

Meghna breaks down and tells Jai about her parents' break up and extra marital affair which affected her psychologically. The next day, Jai breaks up with Meghna whereby she is shattered and leaves with a goodbye kiss. As for Aditi, she is under duress from Sushant, who slaps her on her face, leaving a bruise. She tells Sushant she wants to break the engagement and go to New York to study alone, while actually wanting to return to Jai. Aditi breaks up with him and decides to go to the USA to study film-making at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. When she meets Jai he spots the bruise on Aditi's face and contrary to his usual non-violent nature, he thrashes Sushant for daring to lay a hand on her.

Inspector Waghmare (Paresh Rawal), arrests Jai for thrashing Sushant and puts him behind the bars. There, he meets again the two men harassing Meghna at the club, finding out their names to be Bhaloo and Bhageere. The three in jail discover that they are closely related cousins, separated in childhood. They tell Jai that for a boy to become a man in their Rathore clan, he must complete three conditions: 1.) to thrash someone 2.) get arrested 3.) and ride a horse. In the meantime, Aditi makes her way to the international airport for her departure to the USA. Bhaloo and Bhageere use their influence to bail out Jai after which, Jai rides a horse he borrowed from them, and heads towards the airport to stop Aditi from leaving, fulfilling all three conditions of becoming a man in the rathore clan.

He finds Aditi at the airport lounge and sings the song – "Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na" for her, the song Jai had confessed earlier on will be the one he'd sing for the love of his life. Aditi, delighted, hugs him and cancels her plans of heading to the U.S.. Airport security cop Inspector Prakash, on finding that Jai is not a terrorist, lets him go, but with a warning. Meanwhile in the present, Rotlu, Jiggy, Sandhya, and Shaleen conclude the story and welcome Jai and Aditi, just returning from the U.S. after 5 years, at the airport. Mala gets extremely delighted to see them and introduces herself as Jiggy’s girlfriend and they leave the airport together.



The film was released on 4 July 2008. The premiere of the film was held at the PVR Cinemas in Goregaon, Mumbai where many Bollywood stars were present. The film was released with 473 prints worldwide, which includes 282 analogue prints, 81 digital screens and 110 prints overseas.[4] In its second week, the number of shows at multiplexes were increased while 100 more centres were opened.[5]


Critical responseEdit

The movie got positive responses from the critics. gave it a 4 out of 5, "a rock-solid ensemble cast that is mouthwateringly perfect". Movie Talkies has given it 4 stars, "the coolest, warmest, hippest and funniest musical romantic comedy in years has arrived, and a new Khan is born." Glamsham gave it another 4 out of 5, "another fruitful outing for Aamir Khan. This man certainly knows what he is doing." Planet Bollywood gave it 4 stars, "a fresh breezy entertainer which undoubtedly is the best the year has seen so far." AOL India reviewer Noyon Jyoti Parasara gave it 3.5 out of 5 and said, "Jaane Tu... weaves in a lot of emotions right from friendship, love to insecurity. Every character is shown to have a definite backing. Which means a very good job by the writer."[6] Taran Adarsh of IndiaFM gave it 3.5 stars, "a breezy entertainer which will be loved by its target audience – the youth".

Box officeEdit

Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na was an early success, with 80% or more in morning shows and 100% by the noon shows across India. Monday usually witnesses a drop in business for films in India, but Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na had strong showings on Monday (75%), Tuesday (70%) and Wednesday (60%+).[7] The first week all-India gross was 200.1 million (US$2.9 million) with an average of 656,524 per print.[5] For the second week, the number of shows were increased and it started the week grossing almost 100% at several screens.[8] The film grossed 175 million (US$2.5 million) in its second week, taking its total to 375 million (US$5.4 million). It grossed approximately 532 million (US$7.7 million) in full run.[3]


Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na
Soundtrack album by
20 May 2008 (CD release)
RecordedPanchathan Record Inn
A.M. Studios
GenreFeature film soundtrack
ProducerA.R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
ADA: A Way of Life
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Rediff     [9]
Planet Bollywood          [10]
Bollywood Hungama     [11]

The music of Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na, composed by A. R. Rahman and lyrics by director Abbas Tyrewala, was released in India on 20 May 2008 with producer Aamir Khan presenting the first audio CD to veteran actor Shammi Kapoor.[12] The soundtrack held the number one spot on the music charts for several consecutive weeks.[13] The soundtrack was well received by the audiences and the critics,[14][15] with "Pappu Can't Dance" becoming one of the major hits of 2008.[16] Rahman was awarded with the Filmfare Best Music Director Award and the Star Screen Award for Best Music Director for this soundtrack. The track "Kabhi Kabhi Aditi" was nominated for Best Playback Singer (Rashid Ali) and Best Lyrics (Tyrewala) at the Filmfare awards. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 15,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's eighth highest-selling.[17]

1."Kabhi Kabhi Aditi"Rashid Ali3:41
2."Pappu Can't Dance"Anupama, Benny Dayal, Blaaze, Tanvi, Darshana, Satish Subrahmaniam, Mohammed Aslam4:27
3."Tu Bole Main Boloon"A. R. Rahman4:36
4."Nazrein Milana Nazrein Churana"Benny Dayal, Satish Subrahmaniam, Naresh Iyer, Darshana, Swetha, Tanvi, Sayanora Philip, Bhargavi, Anupama3:57
5."Jaane Tu Mera Kya Hai (Aditi)"Runa Rizvi3:41
6."Kahin Toh"Rashid Ali, Vasundhara Das5:05
7."Jaane Tu Meri Kya Hai (Jai)"Sukhwinder Singh5:44
8."Pappu Can't Dance (Remix)" (Remixed by Krishna Chetan)Anupama, Benny Dayal, Blaaze, Tanvi, Darshana, Satish Subrahmaniam, Mohammed Aslam4:27


Star Screen AwardsEdit

Filmfare AwardsEdit

4th Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild AwardsEdit

Star Sabse Favourite Kaun AwardsEdit

Stardust AwardsEdit


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  2. ^ Bamzai, Kaveree (10 July 2008). "The bubblegum boys". India Today. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
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  7. ^ "Business Talk with Taran Adarsh :Lull before the storm". Archived from the original on 25 June 2008. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  8. ^ "Box Office Update :B.O. update: Unprecedented, unparalleled, unheard of start for 'SIK'". Archived from the original on 24 August 2007. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  9. ^ "Jaane Tu music is young and peppy". Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  10. ^ "Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na – music review by Atta Khan". Planet Bollywood. 21 May 2008. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  11. ^ "Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na : Music Review by Joginder Tuteja". Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  12. ^ "Aamir presents 'Jaane Tu...' audio CD to Shammi Kapoor". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 21 May 2008. Archived from the original on 1 August 2008.
  13. ^ "Top Ten albums of the week". 7 July 2008. Archived from the original on 18 July 2008. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  14. ^ Adarsh, Taran (4 July 2008). "Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na movie review".
  15. ^ "Why Pappu Can't Dance". 15 July 2008.
  16. ^ "Poll:Best Hindi Songs of 2008!". 16 March 2009.
  17. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 24 June 2010.

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