Jabariya Jodi Movie Review Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three Stars!)
Star Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Parineeti Chopra, Sanjay Mishra, Jaaved Jaaferi, Sheeba Chaddha, Aparshakti Khurana, Chandan Roy Sanyal
Director: Prashant Singh
What’s Good: Whenever the movie tries to get funny it makes you laugh!
What’s Bad: Whenever the movie tries to get serious, it doesn’t make you cry!
Loo Break: Gauge the seriousness of the scene & leave to come back before a joke pops up!
Watch or Not?: Only if you can filter out what’s not important to your taste
Set in Bihar, the story revolves around two main leads in Abhay (Sidharth Malhotra) and Babli (Parineeti Chopra). Both of them liked each other, once, when they were kids. Years later, we see Babli is worried no one will marry her and Abhay becomes the mafia who extorts grooms forcing them to get married. Abhay picks up only those grooms who demand dowry and because of this, he finds a silver lining in what he does.
They both reunite as Abhay helps Babli’s friend to find a groom, and they both start falling for each other again. Reliving few childhood moments and one romantic song later, we see Abhay’s dad Hukum Dev Singh (Jaaved Jaaferi) getting into a certain deal with certain someone. Having a troubled past with his dad, Abhay still works for him, and how he’ll stand up to him defending his love is what the major plot is all about.
Jabariya Jodi Movie Review: Script Analysis
Sanjeev K Jha’s script aims at both humour and emotions but fails to achieve the latter in a proper way. Sidharth’s sub-plot with Jaaved Jaaferi had every scope to nail the dramatic portions, but unfortunately, it’s half-baked. But this is what a strong supporting cast could do to your film. The performances by the others shine the dull moments. Moment of the film for me is when Abhay’s mother says to him, “Aankh mein atka hua aansoon zyada takleef deta hai.”
The biggest takeaway from the movie for me is Raaj Shaandaliyaa’s dialogues – they are HOWLARIOUS. I just wished, there should’ve been more in the second half but no complaints about the dialogue department. When a few good lines meet some skilful performers, magic is bound to happen. Just couldn’t resist sharing a dialogue, “Yeh paan banaye ho, ya Japan banaye ho? Itna chota!”
Jabariya Jodi Movie Review: Star Performance
Sidharth Malhotra, to my surprise, does well in the dramatic scenes. But still, both the leads were a misfit for me and it might be because of the monumental supporting cast. Parineeti Chopra gets a minimal scope to actually act in the film. For most of the scenes, she’s just there.
Now, let’s talk about the life of the film – the supporting cast. Sanjay Mishra is a gem as always. Jaaved Jaaferi beautifully surprises and looks as macho as ever. The ‘shayar’ twist to Aparshakti Khurana was a masterstroke for me, though makers should’ve banked on it more. Each one of the friends of Parineeti and Sidharth was very good.
Jabariya Jodi Movie Review: Direction, Music
Prashant Singh gets the tone of the film very well. He manages to lead the ship in a correct way, despite dodging some unwanted glaciers. Vishal Sinha, who has previously co-worked on Aanand L Rai’s Raanjhana, had some experience to capture the beauty of rustic portions of the country. Prashant along with Vishal manages to maintain good production values throughout.
Songs are surprisingly good & now I regret not reviewing them in a separate article (tell me in the comments section below if you would like to see its music review). Khwabfaroshi and Ki Honda Pyaar, despite attributing to the drama, are the top 2 tracks for me. Though in the long term, Dhoonde Akhiyaan might just find a better shelf life.
Jabariya Jodi Movie Review: The Last Word
All said and done, Jabariya Jodi is an entertaining funfair backed with a comparatively much-serious issue. It boasts many rib-tickling one-liners and actors those have nailed in delivering them. A time-pass watch if you minus the drama!
Jabariya Jodi Trailer
Jabariya Jodi releases on 09th August, 2019.
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