Directed By: Prashant Singh
Produced By: Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, Shailesh R. Singh
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Parineeti Chopra, Aparshakti Khurana, Sanjay Mishra, Javed Jaffrey, Chandan Roy Saniyal, Gopal Dutt and Neeraj Sood
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2/5
Despite good dialogues, ‘Jabariya Jodi’ fails to bring together sense and logic in a tale that fizzles out before erupting. The main villain is the plot that gets too difficult to tolerate especially in the second half. After a while, the scriptwriter runs out of ideas and writes whatever strikes his fancy. Alas, films are a difficult business these day and lack of thought or imagination is rarely rewarded.
Coming to the stale plot, Abhay (Sidharth Malhotra) and Babli (Parineeti Chopra) are childhood sweethearts who get separated. Years later, they meet again (Abhay is a groom kidnpper by now) but their relationship gets as complicated and confusing as ethical hacking and they do not marry and live happily ever after. They could have easily done so but then, the scriptwriter needed to fill in pages for a 2 hour film.
What’s annoying is that the film brings together a talented bunch of actors who deliver some great standalone one-liners. If only the film was funny as a whole concept, we would have been treated to something classic.
Coming to performances, both Sidharth and Parineeti do a fine job but they are not extraordinary either. They get the accent right without getting to a point where it looks like they are mocking the Bihari people (that’s what Arjun Kapoor did in ‘Half Girlfriend’). The superlative ensemble cast also bring in their A-Game and director Prashant really has a knack of getting the best out of his troops.
While the music of the film could have been fresher, it steers clear of the ‘annoying’ category. I quite liked the ‘Machchardaani’ song and it’s still ringing in my head.
If you don’t have anything to do and you are desperately waiting for a date movie, you can go for this. Otherwise, you’ll do well to avoid it.