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Jabariya Jodi Movie Review: It Misses the Mark Despite Sidharth Malhotra-Parineeti Chopra's Great Chemistry

Director Prashant Singh’s Jabariya Jodi is a film that props up a love story by the aforementioned premise.

Priyanka Sinha Jha | News18.com

Updated:August 9, 2019, 12:31 PM IST
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Jabariya Jodi Movie Review: It Misses the Mark Despite Sidharth Malhotra-Parineeti Chopra's Great Chemistry
A still from Jabariya Jodi.

Jabariya Jodi

Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Parineeti Chopra, Sanjai Mishra

Director: Prashant Singh

Anyone who has grown up in Bihar will tell you that Biharis have a unique way of resolving domestic problems. One of such methods is the practice of Pakadwa Vivaah or forced marriage. More often than not, this twisted practice of weddings—on-gunpoint is resorted to in the case of high dowry demands from families of prospective grooms, a troubling idea of social justice indeed.

Director Prashant Singh’s Jabariya Jodi is a film that props up a love story by the aforementioned premise.

Abhay Singh (Siddharth Malhotra) and Babli Yadav (Parineeti Chopra) are childhood sweethearts who parted ways when Babli moved cities with her parents. She grows up to be a bubbly, bindaas girl who like most youngsters has her head full of foolish romantic notions. What she most certainly is not is a doormat. We get a glimpse of that early on when she beats the hell out of the guy who stood her up on their elopement plan.

Abhay, on the other hand is in no hurry to find himself a suitable bride. Instead, he is all out there as an active proponent of Pakadwa Shaadi getting avaricious grooms married on gunpoint. Backed by his father Hukam Singh (Jaaved Jaaferi) a local strongman, Abhay thinks of this dubious act as social work, which will help his climb in local politics.

When the two protagonists meet again, sparks get rekindled, but not enough to convince Abhay of taking the saat pheras with Babli. Abhay’s reluctance stems not so much from being a player, but his rather unfounded apprehensions of turning into one. He fears will that he will eventually turn into a philandering, disrespectful husband like his father, making him shy away from the idea of marriage.

The premise of the film and the set-up of the characters give great opportunity to the actors to display their talents. And for the most part, they do.

Parineeti Chopra and Siddharth Malhotra who teamed up for Hasee Toh Phasee, share good on-screen chemistry which helps the film immensely. Parineeti as the effervescent Babli- something she has mastered- is charming and Siddharth with his gentle, sensitive and yet infuriatingly confused Abhay work well within the story.

Sanjai Mishra as Babli’s father, Neeraj Sood, Chandan Roy Sanyal and Aparshakti Khurrana do well in adding the small town comic tadka critical to such films. Particularly noteworthy are Mishra and Sood in the family and relatives combination, regaling the audience every second that they are on screen.

Director Prashant Singh shows promise and if the film garners good box office numbers, he could well be among the newbie film-makers to watch out for.

Frankly, I quite enjoyed the breezy first half but JJ’s post-interval portion suffers from the curse of the listless second half. Sanjeev K Jha’s screenplay fails to resolve the merry-mix up of brides and grooms well enough and the film stumbles towards an unsatisfactory climax. There was a great opportunity here to rise above the mundane and take the comedy further while striking a blow at this futile practice. Alas, the film gets tangled up in dishing out gags that begin to fall flat as the film trundles towards its denouement.

Jabariya Jodi tries to be a rom-com with a difference and had they put in a little more attention to details, the film would have creatively been the better for it. What remains to be seen now is whether the young guns hit the box-office bullseye or miss the mark.

Rating: 2.5/5

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