'Jabariya Jodi' Movie Review: Makers of the film 'Jabariya'(forcefully) ignored the social issue to make a mindless entertainer.
Last Modified On: 12 August 2019 | Reviewed By: Saurabh S Nair
The film is a film which you want to miss. Despite some hilarious one-liners, the film tests the patience of the audience.
Did you watch this movie? How much do you feel it was worth?
Director: Prashant Singh
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Parineeti Chopra, Aparshakti Khurana
'Jabariya Jodi' is about 'Pakadwa Vivah' (forced marriage) which was quite prevalent in Bihar. It is a practice in which the groom is kidnapped by the bride’s family and forced into marriage. And to do this a proper gangs functions, who abducts bridegroom.
Only Prashant Singh the director of the film will come up with the idea of making a rom-com out of this topic and the obvious thing is he failed miserably.
The story of the film is shown in the trailer itself which all the Bollywood film trailers do.
Sidharth Malhotra plays Abhay, who helps his father (Jaaved Jaaferi) in kidnapping men and getting them forcefully married off — for a hefty fee from the brides’ side.
Parineeti plays Babli, a spunky and jobless girl, who lives with her father who is a history teacher. The two meets at a wedding “arranged” by Abhay and his gang and fall in love. When Babli’s father decides to get her married the Jabariya way and enlists the help of Abhay’s father, things get complicated and drama, heartbreak and even more melodrama ensue.
In recent years, Bollywood shifted its backdrop from big cities like Delhi and Bombay to a small town.
But Bollywood each and every time fails to show the authenticity of the town. The Bihar of Jabariya Jodi is entirely a filmy Bihar. Both the leads look like as if they are straight out from a Daboo Ratnani's photoshoot. The lead couple’s performances live up to its title — completely forced and with no chemistry.
Both Malhotra and Chopra leave a lot to be desired — with their horrific Bihari accents, replete with a lot of ‘kahe’s and ‘babua’s. The Bihari accent which the actors used is so fake that you will appreciate Hrithik Roshan for his efforts to speak with the same accent in the recent release, Super 30. Interestingly, the film's director hails from Bihar.
Sidharth Malhotra is totally misfit for this role. He tries really hard to get into the character but still, he looks uncomfortable in the roll.
The same goes for Parineeti, her costumes with short leather jackets and red-head hair highlight the fakeness. The chemistry between the actors is also a negative aspect of the movie.
The film perpetuates a lot of problematic concepts too. Right from glorifying the practice of groom kidnappings and forcing people to get married, puncturing condoms so that grooms don’t abandon their wives, to showing marriage as a punishment for men, this movie has it all. The film in spite of showing the problems of the issue it just becomes a backdrop for this bogus romance of the two leads.
And an add on embarrassing aspect is the music which has Punjabi songs sung by Bihari characters in Bihar, when the makers got to know that they got carried away, they added a song called Zilla Hilela *slow clap*.
You will feel sorry for some of the fine actors such as Aparshakti Khurrana, Javed Jaffrey and Sanjay Mishra totally wasted in this movie.
This movie is another flop in the filmography of Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra. The film is badly written and badly perform, it should be totally avoided and no one will force you for that.
I recommend you to watch Antardwand a film which was released in 2009 which also talks about forced marriages.