Director: Pushpdeep Bhardwaj
Starring: Rhea Chakraborty, Varun Mitra & Digangana Suryavanshi
Written by: Pushpdeep Bhardwaj, Kausar Munir & Suhrita Sengupta
JALEBI is a remake of the Bengali film Praktan (2016), which means ‘former’, this is the story of a married couple who is now estranged. The story starts when Ayesha Pradhan (Rhea Chakraborty), a depressed writer, is travelling from Mumbai to Delhi for a book reading session. There she comes across Anu (Digangana Suryavanshi) and her daughter Pulti (Aanya Dureja). While conversing with them she realizes that Anu is the wife of her ex husband Dev Mathur (Varun Mitra). While, Dev decides to board the train from Bhusawal to surprise her wife and comes across Ayesha along the way. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
The film which could have been fun and interesting comes across as a long watch. It could have been a lot better but just doesn’t get to its full potential.
Technically the film is decent. Given their budgets, they have made the best out of it. Cinematography by Manoj Soni is good, Netaji ki Haveli and the walled city of old Delhi seem natural and are astutely captured. The editing by Devendra Murdeshwar could have been better. Music is a mixed bag but Pal has been the pick of the lot. The writing is also okay but it could have been a little more strong.
Performances from the cast were adequate. Varun comes across as endearing and gives a good performance overall. Rhea has given a great performance with this one and shows that she can handle serious roles as well. Digangana Suryavanshi is alright while Aanya Dureja is sweet. Arjun Kanungo is okay. Poorti Arya (Renu; Dev’s sister) and the actor playing Dev’s mother don’t have much to do in the film.
Direction by Pushpdeep Bhardwaj is a letdown. He could have done a lot with the story and also could have gotten better performances from his actors.
At the box-office
The film has opened to a dull response and will have an uphill task.