The film begins with a mysterious Romani people gypsy-like musician (Amitabh Bachchan) leading the crowds at Waterloo station in London in a dance to the title song.
At the station, two strangers, Rikki Thukral (Abhishek Bachchan) and Alvira Khan (Preity Zinta), wait for their respective friends arriving on the same train. Rikki is a fun-loving Punjabi from Bhatinda who lives in Southall, while Alvira is a sexy, elite class Pakistani from Lahore who is more assimilated into British culture. The two share a table in a café together and to kill the time they talk about how they met their partners-to-be.
Rikki says that he met his fiancé, Anaida Raza, at Hôtel Ritz Paris, the same night that Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al-Fayed left the hotel to take their last journey together. Rikki explains "When two lovers die, another two are born", as he fell in love with Anaida that night. Alvira says she met her fiancé, the dashing lawyer Steve Singh, at Madame Tussauds in London when he saved her from death by a falling Superman wax model. The encounter changed her life and she was smitten by the lawyer who also helped her sue Madame Tussauds for substantial damages.
As Rikki and Alvira talk they begin to enjoy each other's company and their different backgrounds cease to matter. They exchange numbers and go to meet their partners. However, it is then revealed that they had not gone to meet their respective partners. Rikki is in fact at the train station to meet his business partner, while Alvira is meeting her relatives. As they leave the station separately, they realise they are in love, but believe their love is unrequited, each of the other.
The two get in touch when Alvira calls Rikki, pretending it was a wrong number. They decide to meet up at a disco where there is a dance competition but both try to maintain that they are engaged. Out of desperation, Rikki hires Laila (Lara Dutta), a prostitute, to pose as Anaida, and Alvira fools and then blackmails Satvinder (Bobby Deol) to pretend to be Steve. The four meet at a club and take part in the dance competition, while throwing insults at each other. Rikki and Laila emerge as the winners but Alvira is jealous and storms out in tears.
Satvinder goes to Rikki's flat and tells him that he has fallen in love with Laila. He also tells him that Alvira is not engaged to him. Rikki, realising what has happened, goes to see Alvira, who is at first moping in bed and later tries to convince her cousin not to marry her. Rikki calls her from a neighbour's window. Then they confront each other and confess that they love each other and start to date while Satvinder and Laila go to Hollywood.
The film ends with the mysterious gypsy musician showing how Rikki and Alvira invented the stories about the non-existent lovers by taking inspiration from Alvira's newspaper and Rikki's comic book.Bobby Deol as Steve Singh/Satvinder Singh
Abhishek Bachchan as Ricky Thukra
Preity Zinta as Alvira Khan
Lara Dutta as Anaida Raza / Laila
Amitabh Bachchan as man singing at the train station (Cameo)
Piyush Mishra as Hafeez (Huffy) Bhai
Ameet Chana as Shahriyar
Meera Syal as Satvinder's mother
Sanjeev Bhaskar as Shopkeeper
Sagar Arya as Neil
Pre-production of the film began in 2005, during the making of Bunty Aur Babli. Abhishek Bachchan was the first actor to be cast in the film. The working title was Sangam Mein. Vidya Balan and John Abraham were first approached for the roles of Anaida Raza and Steve Singh. When they refused Dutta and Deol were roped in. Amitabh Bachchan has been credited with a special appearance in the film.
Shooting began in the second half of 2006 in London and included a shooting schedule in Paris, France. Many images from the set show shooting being conducted at Waterloo station, London. Some shooting took place in Agra, near the Taj Mahal. The choreography has been done by Vaibhavi Merchant. Filming has taken place in numerous locations along Green Lanes, Harringay in North London.
Abhishek Bachchan and Bobby Deol worked together for the second time in this film after the film "[AB tumhare hawale watan sathiyon]"; their fathers (Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra) had worked together in the hit Sholay (1975). The film features a scene in which they travel in a scooter like their fathers had done in Sholay, only this time Bobby Deol is driving and Abhishek Bachchan is on the passenger seat. The film re-unites Bobby Deol and Preity Zinta who starred in Soldier in 1998 as well as Abhishek Bachchan and Lara Dutta who co-starred in Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost.
Some filming took place in Stamford Bridge stadium, home to Chelsea football club. It was announced in September 2006 that the Chelsea football team would be part of the film, but this scene did not appear in the completed film.
The first trailer for the film was shown on 27 April 2007 with the release of the film Ta Ra Rum Pum.
This is the third film of director Shaad Ali, and second with the trio, after the musical hit Bunty Aur Babli. The album has a dhol-oriented sound. Santoor, sarangi and flute were used for the melody "Bol Na Halke Halke" and Mahalakshmi Iyer has sung the in a lower key. "Ticket to Hollywood" has a hip hopish feel to it, while "Kiss of Love" is a zingy and rambunctious. "JBJ" is the techno song during the climax scenes of the movie, which is picturised on Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Bobby Deol and Lara Dutta. "Jhoom Jam" is the only instrumental in the album, which as title suggests, is the 'jam of the instrumental version of all track of the album.
The soundtrack of the film was released on 15 May 2007 by Yash Raj Music in various formats including music cassette, MP3 files, audio CD, and the DVD-Audio.
The soundtrack garnered positive reviews from almost all critics.
Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama said, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom is an album that has chart-buster written on it on bold letters. There are some albums that take time to register with music lovers. There are some that require strong word of mouth to carry them forward. There are some which are destined to be popular in the very first listening. Jhoom Barabar Jhoom of course belongs to the last category. Sukanya Verma of Rediff described the album as high on melody, entertainment and attitude. Gianysh Toolsee of Planet Bollywood in his review, stated, "SEL successfully manage to hit the bull's eye with their proper use of zingy sounds, effective arrangements, lively tunes, rhythmic variations and groovy beats." "SEL, the most prolific composers of last year maintains their golden streak of success with JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM.", said the GlamSham review. Sanjay Ram of Businessofcinema.com stated that the album is positively a must buy.
The album featured in the "Top 10 soundtracks of the year" list by Bollywood Hungama and Rediff.
The music for the film entered the charts at number 6 and in its second week climbed to number five. By the first week of July, the album topped the music charts and stayed there for two weeks. Despite the poor response to the film, the music has received much acclaim On the week beginning 23 July the album was placed at number three On the week beginning 17 September the soundtrack dropped to number 10. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 17,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's fourth highest-selling.
The film opened to a 65–70% response, which was below expectations for a Yash Raj film. As per IBOS, the film has opened to a good response and has taken the biggest opening of the year at the box office.
The film did achieve the 90%+ response at some places, such as Punjab and Haryana. The film had opened well in big cities such as Mumbai with a 75% turnout and Delhi which had a 70% response. In the south it opened to a poor response due to the release of the Tamil film Sivaji. However, all the big theatres reached to a 90%+ response with many being 100%.
International box office performance was considered to be average. In its first week, the film made £264,347 and debuted at number 6 in the UK charts. In the US, the film debuted at number 16 on the film chart making $455,257 in its first week. In Australia, the film made $91,485 debuting at number 10. The film had made Rs 19–200 million in its first week and debuted at number 1 but the collections had begun to fall. The film had done better in the UK than in the US. As of 27 June, the film was positioned at number 9 on the UK charts and at 21 on the U.S chart. The film saw a drop in collections, and had been declared a flop in India but the collections had begun to fall. In the UK the film had performed moderately well. Overall, the film had been declared an above average.
Indicine.com rated the film at 4 out 5, saying the movie is a fun ride and is well worth the ticket money. It is the kind of movie that can wash away your blues. Taran Adarsh of indiafm.com gave the film a 1.5 out of 5 rating, saying the film is all gloss, no substance. The lead actors have received mixed reviews with Taran Adarsh saying that the film belongs to Abhishek first and Preity next. Hindustantimes.com gave the film 2 stars, as did glamsham.com, with the latter saying the performances were good. Sanjay Ram of businessofcinema.com said though Jhoom Barabar Jhoom offers the colour it is all but a short story stretched. The film received 2 out of 5 stars from the website The film has been criticised for its screenplay but the lead actors have received mixed reviews. Moviewalah.com gave the film 2 out of 5 stars but praised the performances to a certain extent. BollywoodArchive.com gave the film 2.5 out of 5 stars says it's a good light hearted entertainer with good music from Shankar Ehsaan Loy.