Melodrama was not needed

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Melodrama was not needed

Sunday, 11 August 2019 | Shalini Saksena

Melodrama was not needed

Jabariya Jodi

*ing: Sidharth Malhotra, Parineeti Chopra, Jaaved Jaaferi, Sanjay Mishra, Aparshakti Khurana

Rated: 5.5/10

Despite some great movies on out of the box stories that have been coming out of Bollywood recently, the one thing that the industry has not managed to master is how to sustain comedy till the very end. Over the years, there have been many comedy films that have fallen prey to this problem. Jabariya Jodi is no different.

The movie starts off on a great note. The one-liners make you laugh and keep you entertained — at least for the first hour and 15 minutes. And one hopes for better things to come in the second half. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Director Prashant Singh instead of keeping up with the laughter quotient and keeping the audience interested in the happenings that unfold resorts to melodrama and sad tears follow. The preachy message at the climax is a bit too much to handle especially in a film that is 143 minutes long.

The movie is about the pratha of pakadwa Shaadi. In the end the director end up making Jaaved Jaaferi, the villain, apologise for the same in the end. Why make the film to begin with if an apology had to be made?

Having said this, all is not lost here. Performances by Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra keep you engrossed. As does Sanjay Mishra. But then any movie with him will ensure that when he is on the screen, there will never be a dull moment. Aparshakti Khurana entertains you with his shayari.

Overall, a fun movie that gets caught up in the melodrama.

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