02 Hours 05 Minutes
Star Cast: Parineeti Chopra and Sidharth Malhotra
Directors: Prashant Singh
Producer: Ekta Kapoor
In Theaters: 9 August 2019
Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra starrer Jabariya Jodi hits the silver screen this week and before you catch the film in the theaters, watch the movie review by Senior Journalist and Author Bharathi Pradhan!
One was all set for a cute small town story with its own quaint practices, accents and humour.
The practice peculiar to Bihar and UP ismarriage at gunpoint where an eligible groom is kidnapped and forcibly married to a girl. Like that's the answer to the scourge of dowry still so rampant in these states.
Writer Sanjeev K Jha gets the jabariya shaadi of Bihar correct and director Prashant Singh ensures that his lead pair, Abhay Singh and Babli Yadav jabber non-stop in the dialect.
But the basic writing is so laboured that you feel you've just had an exhausting run of 143 minutes. Writing includes the basic narrative where a thought should transform into an interestingly told story. It also includes dialogues which should be either crisply witty or refreshingly profound. Jha's lines are neither. If humour is in rhyming ‘paan' and ‘Japaan' and ‘emosun' (emotion) with ‘loose mosun' (loose motion), or saying something inane like, ‘You've turned Ram into Haldiram', do you seriously expect people to laugh?
The plot is set in Patna. Abhay and Babli are kids in love where Babli is tearfully taken away to a bigger town. The tears of separation dry up pretty fast as Babli grows up and falls in love with guys who're too scared to elope with her. There's an entire sequence about Breaking News and Break Up news that's genuinely low on humour. Anyway, Babli needs a real man, so it's back to Patna where Abhay is in the family business of abducting grooms. And he's the rough-tough sort that Babli rather fancies. With kidnapped grooms and overloud marriages at every turn, there's an enforced attempt at a love story which takes its own time to climax. Oh, wait, Babli and Abhay have already climaxed if you know what I mean, right at the onset. Many more unsuitable grooms and ceremonies later, there's relief when Babli and Abhay finally discover they make the ideal couple.
Somewhere along the way, the story pauses to focus on the menace of dowry, impossibly high wedding expenses and how love and respect are necessary to make a marriage work. It takes a while for Abhay to realise that forcing a guy into marriage isn't going to ensure a happy marriage. But it also strives to point out that Abhay isn't a bad guy, he's been doing it only to save his mother from his violent father.And the father has been brainwashing him from childhood that a pakadwah vivaah is actually social work.
The problem with Prashant Singh's film is not the thought, it's the telling. There are a whole lot of side actors like Aparashakti Khurana,Chandan Roy Sanyal, Jaaved Jaafri, Sanjay Mishra and half-a-dozen others to raise the decibels but not thicken the plot with anything worthy. Topped with dialogues that are as flat as the lines on the monitor screen of a dead ICU patient, the initial interest in the happenings soon peters out.
Sidharth Malhotra is too urban to make a convincing desi boy and Parineeti Chopra with her weird wardrobe and inconsistent characterization doesn't endear herself as Babli.
Disclaimer: We are proud that LehrenTV reviewer Bharathi S Pradhan has been appointed an advisory member of the prestigious CBFC. However, her reviews reflect her personal appraisal of a film and do not in any way speak on behalf of the Censor Board.
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