Jab We Met (When We Met) is another in a long line of couples on the road pictures, This one, a 2007 release, stars Kareena Kapoor as Geet, a chatterbox of a girl, and Shahid Kapoor as Aditya, a depressed scion to a vast industrial empire.
The way these things usually work is that the two leads meet acidentally. Naturally it is hate at first sight. Unexpected circumstances and hardship will keep them together for a while, but there’s always another player waiting in the wings. Misunderstandings and miscommunications cause them to separate, only to be re-united in the last reel. And they’ll live happily ever after. That’s the overview of many of the aforementioned long line of road pictures that teamed up a man and woman. Not unexpectedly, it is also the overview of this film.
Here, Aditya is despondent (best case scenario), and/or suicidal (worst case scenario). His father has passed away, his mother has run off with another man, and the corporate empire is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. And if that wasn’t enough, the woman he loved, has dumped him and married another man. One day he just walks away from a board meeting. He’s in a haze, or is it a fog, or maybe it’s simply a major depression. He finds his way to a train station in Mumbai, and he boards the train. He doesn’t know where the train is going. He doesn’t care either.
Enter Kareena Kapoor as the non-stop talking Geet. She tries to draw out Aditya (he had mistakenly occupied her seat on the train). He’s not interested in talking. So she continues to talk – about herself. ‘I’m heading home to Bhatinda, and from there, I’ll meet my boyfriend in Manali so we can elope.’ Yadda, yadda. Calling her exuberant would be a massive understatement.