Tanuja Chandra’s film opens with a wedding night with the energetic “Zingaat” song playing in the background- we have our protagonist introduced Jaya (Parvathy) who lacks zing and zest in her personal life but rules her workplace. A striking resemblance to the opening credit sequence of “Jab Harry Met Sejal” (2017) is that the lead is drenched in loneliness and the way Tanuja Chandra portrays Jaya’s loneliness is far more realistic than Imtiaz Ali’s depiction- obviously, the vision and approach differs.
Tanuja Chandra narrates a story written by her mother Kamna Chandra of Yogi (Irrfan) and Jaya (both meet through a dating site) who embark a journey to meet Yogi’s ex-girlfriend in Jaipur, Rishikesh, Gangtok. While Jaya is a workaholic and likes to limit herself on the contrary Yogi is a blabbermouth (a chalta firta Google, Jaya exclaims) and full of energy who believes living in the moment. And this film is all about the momentariness, we often strive with future thoughts (ya, me too) forgetting to live in the moment. As soon as Yogi enters the scene, the film turns into a zestful celebration of life.
Yogi’s character is well-written and handled confidently, the character never goes overboard and thanks to the acting capabilities of Irrfan. One might not immediately appeal or fall for Jaya’s character but she comes out blooming. The non-meandering film which takes us through the scenic locations like Gangtok, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Jaipur gives the characters chance to breath. The first half is a thoroughly enjoyable ride while the second half dips down but for cause ultimately for a soaring climax. As the cable car takes Yogi and Jaya above the city of Gangtok, the film slides into the hearts.
When a dialogue like “our story is not of living and dying together” ridicules the Bollywood cliches and sticks to its sincerity, I knew it that I was watching a labor of true love. Tanuja Chandra depicts a novel and sincere love story amidst the technology and glamour. The romantic comedy is sparkled with comical dialogues which are not spoken for the sake of comedy but for the quirky character of Yogi, thanks to Gazal Dhaliwal (dialogue writer). I liked a feature amidst the simple narrative, the camera jerks in and Jaya talks with us, though few scenes featuring Jaya’s character felt unnecessary like the tablet overdose sequence.
Irrfan charms our hearts though I found him similar to his character from “Hindi Medium” (2017), nevertheless as Yogi he sweetly binds you and eventually Jaya. Malayalam Actress Parvathy makes a great debut, though she starts awkwardly but pulls it excellently. Few language touches here and there and she is set to sparkle Bollywood too. I must say, for a young actress to make a Hindi debut featuring herself in gained weight and middle-aged widow is commendable. By the way, why was Neha Dhupia looking like a plastic doll? Did the make up go haywire?
I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic comedy even though it has some minor flaws but the overall impact surpasses them. Labor of love!
Release: 10 November, 2017
Director: Tanuja Chandra
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