Onto the final release of the weekend and I finished watching the new Hindi film Jayeshbhai Jordaar last evening. And much had been said about the film. Right from the time its trailer was out, I was very skeptical about the film as it tackled a subject which maybe relevant but it has already been done to death with. And to top it, some major plot points seemed to have been already shown in the trailer which was an issue to be honest. A trailer must just do enough without giving the audience any idea about the plot. Also, YRF did not promote the film aggresively which resulted in many people not even being aware that the film had released. Now that the film is out, many famous critics had completely written the film off. But this being a Ranveer Singh starrer, I still decided to venture into a theatre near me and give my verdict. So then is Jayeshbhai Jordaar actually Jordaar, lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
Jayeshbhai Jordaar follows the story of Jayesh who must fight his patriarchal family and save his wife who is pregnant with his unborn daughter. Now one side of the argument was that this movie is a few years too late considering that the male-female ratio has improved in the country. What my take is that this issue might still be relevant with my only complaint being that this issue has been tackled previously in other films too. From the trailer I thought this would be a boring affair and very preachy but thankfully and to my surprise, there aren’t any long monologues to underline the cause. The screenplay in the first half is light hearted as it focussing on a very affable protagonist who is trapped under the realms of his family but is just a soft person from the inside who loves his wife a lot. The turn of events leading upto the chase is hilarious and entertaining and I found myself thoroughly enjoying the drama. The entire first half is filled with events which are borderline silly but still thoroughly entertaining. The issue begins in the second half.
While the second half is consistently watchable as some of the streaks from the first half are retained, the tonal shift coupled with some muddled writing is what undo some of the hard work of the first hour. Instead of maintaining the same tempo, the screenplay gets slightly serious and a little too convoluted for my liking. And towards the end, there is a tonal shift with people flying in the air thereby falling to the commercial trope. This wasn’t needed as it definitely shifted its focus from the prime issue and instead made the drama a little cliched too. Probably a tighter second half could have worked wonders for the film. But overall, it was a sincere attempt at highlighting what I feel is still an important issue.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are entertaining and some of the lines will put a smile on your face. The music of the film is underrated and I really liked the fact that the makers did not insert a song just for the heck of it thereby stalling its flow. It is a pity that Yashraj decided not to promote the film and its songs aggresively. The BGM is adequate and does what is required of it. Director Divyang Thakkar has done a good job here although his direction is rough around the edges. But he does manage to hold your attention for most parts while addressing an important issue.
The performances are outstanding here. I really enjoyed the presence of Puneet Issar who is fabulous here in a limited screentime. Swati Das as the doctor has her moments to shine and she does a swell job. Deeksha Joshi as Preeti is outstanding and such a natural onscreen. I really wished she had a longer screentime. Jia Vaidya as Siddhi is truly a firecracker and she nails some of the one liners. Ratna Pathak Shah as Jashoda is just amazing and it is always a pleasure watching her onscreen. Likewise for Boman Irani who represented the patriarchy in the film. He delivers a towering yet intimidating act devoid of any humour which makes his performance even more impactful. Shalini Pandey as Mudra has a charming presence and she delivers a measured performance. But the show belonged to the energetic Ranveer Singh who yet again shines as Jayesh in what is a Jordaar performance. He is a bundle of talent and he just nails the Gujarati accent yet he doesn’t go overboard with it. He is well within his character and he shines throughout the film in what is another feather in his hat.
Jayeshbhai Jordaar is a sincere attempt at addressing an important issue with some great performances. Available in a theatre near you.