Saif Ali Khan’s comedy of errors Jawaani Jaaneman has made a total of Rs 16.80 crore at the Indian box office in five days. The film garnered Rs 1.94 crore on Tuesday. As per reports from trade analysts, the slice-of-life flick has performed well in national multiplexes in the northern sections of India.
Jawaani Jaaneman is faring well as compared to Saif Ali Khan’s past solo releases Chef, Kaalakaandi, Bazaar, and Laal Kaptaan. Saif’s other film, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, featuring Ajay Devgn in the lead, has been having a dream run at the ticketing counters ever since its release in January. The period drama, also featuring Kajol, has made a total of Rs 255.77 crore in its fourth week.
Charting the story of an estranged father-daughter duo who come together after she hunts him down, Jawaani Jaaneman is directed by Nitin Kakkar. The narrative follows a middle-aged man Jasswinder ‘Jazz’ Kapoor (Khan), who has not come to terms with his age and shirks at the mention of responsibility. His life takes a dramatic turn when Alaya F’s character Tia finds him in an alley, and tells him there is a possibility he is her father. Tabu, Kumud Mishra, Kubra Sait, and Farida Jalal are also part of the cast.
The first trailer of Jawaani Jaaneman was released on 9 January. The trailer opens to Saif Ali Khan’s mother (Farida Jalal) telling him about an acquaintance whose son was gay. To this he replies that he was not interested in men and even if he was he did not see it as a problem. His amused brother (Kumud Mishra) assures her that it was not the case.
Then we see how Saif’s character, an aging Don Juan, is vehemently against the idea of marriage and having family. “Sher hu mai sher. Aur sher tab tak raja hota hai jab tak akela rehta hai (I am a lion. A lion is only king till he is on his own),” he says. His bubble is soon burst when Alaya Furniturewalla finds her in an alley and tells him that there was a chance that he is her father.
This development now forces him to suddenly grow up and take up responsibilities he had been shirking for so long. Tabu plays Alaya’s mother, who also finds her way to his house.
Jawani Janeman is directed by Nitin Kakkar, who had previously directed Filmistaan and Mitron. The film went on floors in London in June, 2019. The film is produced by Saif’s production house Black Knight Films, Jay Shewakramani’s Northern Lights Films, and Jackky Bhagnani’s Pooja Entertainment.
“It’s one of the most uber-cool stories that I have come across. We are excited about the film going on floors and really looking forward to it,” Bhagnani had previously said in a statement.
The film is slated to hit cinemas on 31 January.