Critic Rating – 2/5
Star Cast – Sachin Pilgaonkar, Ranjeeta, Jr. Mehmood, Birbal and Neelu Kohli
Director – Sachin Pilgaonkar
Producer – Kamal Kumar Barjatya, Raj Kumar Barjatya, Ajit Kumar Barjatya
Music Director – Ravindra Jain
Genre – Social / Drama
Do you always enjoy watching Rajshri Production movies which are far away from violence and aggression? Well, Rajshri’s have been producing and directing movies that can make family bond together and Jaana Pehchana is yet another similar movie that is releasing in theaters today. Directed by Sachin Pilgaonkar the movie stars himself with Ranjeeta, Jr Mehmood, Birbal and Neelu Kohli. The movie works like a sequel to Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se which was a Rajshri movie released in 1978.
The movie actually begins from the point where Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se ends. Arun Mathur (Sachin) is a middle class successful entrepreneur and he is happy with his work life. He normally lives a reserved life because he is still not able to forget his first and last love, Lily played by Ranjeeta in the 1978 version of the story. Hence, Arun rarely goes for any party and socialize. However, soon his popularity and hard working personality impresses celebrated writer Asha (Ranjeeta). She decided to write a biography of Arun and she decides to meet him. However, Arun decides not to let her get in too deep, but fails as frequent visits between Arun and Asha breaks the ice between the two and she begins to write her book in a better way. Although, Arun never reveals why he has a reclusive behavior Asha finds out that her face is the face of Lily who was the first love of Arun.
On performance level, Jaana Pehchana does a mediocre job and therefore there is nothing much in the movie. Sachin has been among the best actors for Rajshri in the past and therefore Rajshri might have decided to him as the lead once again. However, this time Sachin fails to impress the audiences and gives out very ordinary performance probably because he is also handling the direction department. Ranjeeta is back on screen after a long time and her performance is average, but nothing substantial from her as well. Technically, the movie is average and there is nothing more that you can expect from the movie. The cinematography by Rahul Jadhav is good and the screenplay by Sachin Pilgaonkar and Neelam Jha reminds us of the typical Rajshri movies where characters live in a perfect world where nothing can ever go wrong. The music and lyrics for the film is given by Ravindra Jain who has provided melodious songs for Chitchor, Geet Gaata Chal and Chor Machaye Shor. The story by Aarti Bagdi, Neelam Jha and Pratibha Misraa works but only in bit and pieces.
To conclude, Jaana Pehchana does try to revive the old days back in the new age but fails drastically. Rajshri Productions should now realize that the audiences have changed and they are not interested in watching the same old family dramas where characters live in a dreamy rosy world. Although, Sachin and Ranjeeta try their best to make audiences nostalgic but that is just a certain part of movie and not the entire movie itself. Jaana Pehchana might receive some audience just because there is no big movie releasing in the same week and the dates for Mausam has been postponed. However, viewers who enjoy Rajshri movies will find this one pleasant.