Thursday, October 5, 2023

"Jaane Jaan" from "The Devotion of Suspect X"

 "The Devotion of Suspect X" was read several years ago so details are fading, but remembered it as one of the best mysteries I have ever read.  Another of the author Keigo Higashino's mystery was also read and I caught on that it was part of series about a detective.  The book was better, but the film, "Jaane Jaan" (2023) is very good.  One difference was that the mystery solver in the book was not introduced until very late in the text, but in the film we meet him near the beginning.

The basic idea is that a man is killed by his ex wife. The next door apartment neighbor is a man who is secretly in love with the woman.  He happens to be a genius of sorts who is able to cover up the killing.  There are many twists in both the book and the film, not always the same. 

This film had been under negotiation for many years and has been adapted in different languages.  In Bollywood one attempt was sidetracked by a similar plot offered by the Malayalam film, "Drishyam" (2013).  It has been a big success with Netflix.

This movie is an enjoyable mystery and part of the reason is the numerous experienced people involved.

Sujoy Ghosh, director, writer, producer    One of my favorite twist ending movies was "Kahanni" (2021).  Other films include "Kahanni 2" (2016) and "Badla" (2019)

Hyunwoo Thomas Kim also is a producer.  A one time investment banker after he decided to get involved with films through Walt Disney he expanded his horizons and now works out Los Angeles, Mumbai and Seoul.  His films include "Te3n (2016), and "Oh Baby" (2019)

Clinton Cerejo wrote some of the  music.  As a music producer, playback singer and composer he has over 60 film credits including "Wake Up Sid"2009), "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara" (2011), "Kahanni" (2012), "Vicky Donor" (2012), "Badla" (2019) and "Bob Biswass" (2021).  Check

Avik Mukhopadhyay, cinematography.  His film credits include "Bunty Aur Babil" (2005), "Pink" (2016), "Badla" 2019), "October" (2018).  Check

Urvashi Saxena was the editor with 7 film credits including "Lust Stories 2" (2023)

Mukesh Chhabra helped with the casting.  After studying acting he spent over six years teaching and acting.  As a caster he has been in demand.  He is noted for bringing such faces as Rajkummar Rao, Sushant Singh Rajput, Mrunal Thakur, Pratik Gandhi, Sanya Malhotra and Fatima Sana Shaikh to the screen. He has over 200 credits for casting including ""Amal" (2007), "Kai Che Po" (2013), "Wrong Side Raju" (2016), "Mom" (2017),  " Sacred Games" (2018-19), "Sanju" (2018), "Notebook" (2019), "The Family Man" (2019), "Dil Bechara" (2020) and "Laal Singh Chaddha" (2022).  Check

 Kareena Kapoor Khan--has been in several memorable movies, but has also played a lot of vapid women.  I would say she is one of the better dancers.   Comes from a well known family in Bollywood.  Married Saif Ali Khan and has had one child.  Her films include "Jab we Met," (2007)  "3 Idiots," (2009) "Talaash" (2012), "Good Newwz" (2019) and "Laal Singh Chaddha" (2022).  Check .

 Jaideep Ahlawat played  the neighbor.  He has 32 film credits including "The Gangs of Wassepur" (2012), "Ajeeb Daastaans" (2021) and "Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar" (2021).

Vijay Varma played the detective.  He has 30 film credits including Telegu as well as Hindi.  Some films include "Gully Boy" (2019), "Super 30" (2020), "She" (2020) and "Lust Stories 2" (2023).  Check

This is a classic cat and mouse game with two very clever men.  It will keep your attention right through to the end.

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