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Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story review: It's plain gangsta pap

Movie:
Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story
Director:
Vinnil Markan
Cast:
Vivek Oberoi, Neha Sharma
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Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story starts with a monologue about Mumbai rhyming words like samosa and bharosa. We meet Simran (Neha Sharma) who has come from a small town for professional reasons and, having just lost a job, is wondering if she will pass or fail in the 'Mumbai' test.

From a swanky flat she moves in a modest room, right opposite Jayantabhai (Vivek Oberoi). He's a small-time gangster who's more of a simpleton and calls her 'English-medium'. Dressed sharply in jeans and cool shirts, Vivek Oberoi mouths the 'apun-tapun' lingo that is Bollywood's version of gangster-speak.

His screwing up of correct English is the recurring gag in the film, and admittedly often funny. Like the way he says he has a 'sense of humorous' or replies a thank you with a 'welcome nots'. He calls this Bhai-logy.

He is endearing in the way he thinks she's had sleeping pills when she's had vitamin supplements and rushes her to the hospital; or in the way he rushes to buy an umbrella when she's getting late for an interview, but not before taking the 200 bucks from her.

But at most times, the film doesn't make much sense. Why, for example, is Simran completely friendless in spite of her claim of making new friends at her job? Also, despite her not having money for proper food, we see her in clothes good enough to go on the ramp.

We rarely see her in pants or jeans, and she's mostly in hot-shorts or sexy minis. But then, that's a staple these days - directors rarely pay heed to characterisation when deciding the look of the heroine.

But here, even the character sketch is indecipherable. Simran has the guts to stick on after she's laid off from a job, but sobs on Jayanta's shoulder at the slightest setback. Then of course, when success comes, it's just as illogical.

Jayanta on the other hand, fits your Bollywood gangster-with-a-golden heart stereotype. But Vivek Oberoi is really good and proves he still has it. Without his endearing, earnest rendering of Jayanta, the film would fall completely flat.

Debut director Vinnil Markan makes a film that would've been entertaining a decade ago, when gangsters who spoke broken English were still amusing. Now, the audience has been there, seen that.

We never quite know what to make of Jayantabhai's love story too, so it's up to the two individual characters to enthral us. The first half has some fun and laughter but the portions leading to the finale get soppy and melodramatic.

So there you have it, a gangster rom-com that will have you smile in the first half, and snooze in the second. Honestly, Vivek Oberoi deserves a better film.

Rating: 2 stars

 

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