Director: Prashant Singh
Starring: Sidharth Malhotra, Parineeti Chopra, Aparshakti Khurana, Sanjay Mishra, Javed Jaffrey
Written by: Sanjeev k Jha
JABARIYA JODI is a film that is based in Bihar and the story is inspired from true events that take place in Bihar where the groom is kidnapped and is forced to get married because they ask for dowry, or as they call it in Bihar – pakadwa vivaah. The film starts with a flashback scene where we see a young Abhay Singh and Babli Yadav during school days and it establishes how they’ve fallen in love with each other. Fast forward to the present day; Abhay Singh (Sidharth Malhotra) is now an adult and is working for his father Hukum Singh (Javed Jaffrey) and is aspiring to become a politician. Abhay’s job is to kidnap grooms and make them marry the girls they’ve got the contract from. During one such Jabariya Shaadi, Abhay bumps spots Babli Yadav (Parineeti Chopra) and they instantly recognize each other and also realize that they have feelings for each other. Soon they start meeting each other and things progress between them. Babli admits her love for him but this puts Abhay in a dilemma as he doesn’t think he will be able to live upto the expectations of Babli and also because of his political ambitions. Duniya Lal (Sanjay Mishra), Babli’s father finds out that Babli loves Abhay and decides to get her married immediately. The groom and the family that they try to arrange her marriage to ask for an unreasonable amount of dowry and this is when Duniya Lal’s friend suggests him to go to Hukum Singh and get the Jabariya Shaadi done. He goes to meet him and the way that things transpire makes Babli think that her father has gone to ask for Abhay’s hand in marriage. Amidst his misunderstanding also enters Daddan Yadav (Sharad Kapoor) who wants Hukum to kidnap the same guy that Babli was supposed to marry for one of his close relatives. He offers Hukum Singh money and the election ticket from the seat of Gaya. Hukum obviosuly agrees and asks abhay to go and return the money to Duniya Lal. Abhay does so and also tells Duniya Lal that he doesn’t love Babli and Babli hears it. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
The basic idea/premise of the film is quite interesting. The makers have tried talking about two things at the same time, Jabariya Shaadis of Bihar and a love story, but in doing so the makers haven’t able to tell either of the story to full satisfaction. The film keeps taking a predictable route and at two hours and twenty minutes seems a long watch. The comedy in the film is decent albeit some jokes being quite lame. The characters could have been written better as well. Especially Babli’s as she seem to have no aspirations, nothing and the only aim that seems to be in her life is to get married. There should have been more details.
Technically, the film is decent. Cinematography by Vishal Sinha is fine and he captures the small town of India nicely. Editing by Dev Rao Jadhav is average, he could have made the film more crisp and could have tried to reduce the runtime of the film as well. The screenplay again is quite weak and should have been worked on more. The music is okay in the film, Khadke Glassy is the pick of the lot. The production design is good and it is realistic. The costume design is okay.
Performances from the actors is decent. Sidharth Malhotra is great as Abhay but turns off a little in a few scenes. Parineeti Chopra as Babli is good and fits in the role quite well. Both of them give a convincing performance. Javed Jaffrey as Hukum Singh is quite nice but is limited by the screenplay. Aparshakti Khurana as Santosh who plays Babli’s best friend in the film, offers great support and his character does offer some nice shayaris in the film and has some great comic scenes. Sanjay Mishra may have a small role in the film but he lights up the screen with his performance. He gets his dialect and act bang on. The rest of the cast offer good support.
Director Prashant Singh does well for a debutant but he definitely could have done a lot more with a much more refined script.
At the box-office
The film has taken an average start but given 4-day weekend it should sail through overall.