Rating: 1.5/5 Stars (One and a half stars)
Star Cast: Pulkit Samrat, Yami Gautam
Director: Vivek Agnihotri
What’s Good: The film’s exotic Himalayan locations and the Punjabi wedding sequence in the second half.
What’s Bad: A stereotypical story and overuse of cliched dialogues.
Loo Break: Take one any time you wish to. You can easily predict what happened while you were away.
Watch or Not?: You can skip this one indeed. You’ll realize you’ve made the right choice when you’ll watch the film on TV in a few months.
Junooniyat centers around the story of an adventurous Punjaban named Suhaani Kapoor (Yami Gautam) who stumbles upon a Captain in the Indian army named Jahaan Bakshi (Pulkit Samrat). Their romance develops over time, but is met with strong opposition from Suhaani’s family due to three people from their family have died while fighting in the army.
Jahaan and Suhaani are met with a difficult choice which they choose to not take, and eventually accept their separation. They soon realize that they can’t live without each other, but by that time misunderstandings start settling in, taking the story in a new direction altogether.
Junooniyat Review: Script Analysis
Two people meet. They fall in love. The girl’s family finds out. There is separation. Then there is misunderstanding. And finally, there is a happy ending. Tell me, how many thousand times have we seen this?
The script has nothing new to offer and this is what fails the film from the very start. The dialogues seem like they are from the first draft and haven’t been worked upon at all. They are typical and predictable. The Shayaris that are inserted in the form of voice-overs are well written though.
Junooniyat Review: Star Performance
Yami Gautam and Pulkit Samrat aren’t bad actors at all. They are pretty capable of delivering convincing performances in a love story. But the typical dialogues coming out of their mouths don’t help their efforts. There’s an overdose of laughter in the first half and a overdose of crying in the second. The two actors have their limitations but they easily thrive on a sub-par script.
Gulshan Devaiah has a short role in the second half and he pulls off a superb performance as the jilted lover who makes a big sacrifice for the sake of this love story.
Hrishita Bhatt’s character could have been used in a more beautiful way, but she remains the typical adoring ‘bhabhi’ to the lead actress. She does her job well in this role though.
Among the supporting cast, the actor playing Yami’s flirty neighbour impresses a great deal during his very short appearances.
Junooniyat Review: Direction, Music
Director Vivek Agnihotri has looked to deliver a typical love story and has hence not taken any effort into making it look original. Everything that we see in this film has been witnessed by us before in some film or the other. Be it the army man romance, the family’s refusal to accept an army man because of previous sacrifices that have hurt them or the sacrifice of the good Samaritan groom to bring two lovers back together.
The Himalayan locations have been beautifully explored in the first half. The camera work is nothing out of the ordinary though. The song featuring a wedding sequence in the second half is one of the few high points in this film. Other songs however are pretty forgettable.
Junooniyat Review: The Last Word
Junooniyat is targeted towards college-going people who are always game for wasting their money on such films rather than attending lectures. It’s hard to believe they are able to tolerate such films and make them successful. Junooniyat is an outright boring film. I am going with 1.5 stars.
Junooniyat releases on 24th June, 2016.
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