Review: There’s no dearth of romantic comedies where the bad boy transforms himself for the love of his life. The transformation itself forms a major part of the plot in such films. In Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story this bit is shown only as the unexpected twist in the finale. Just when you start thinking, here’s a flick worth watching, you’re subjected to yet another mushy climax replete with the leading protagonists running into each others arms!
Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story centers around a small town girl Simran (Neha Sharma) who is forced to give up her company flat and movie into a smaller apartment when her company gets busted in the 2G scam. Her new neighbour, Jayanta (Vivek Oberoi) is a fun-loving, local gangster. Yes, you guessed it right, the two befriend each other and inevitably fall in love.
A simple case of opposites attracting and two lovers who just can’t be together – such a cliche. The film’s screenplay doesn’t help much either. A few dialogues spare some laughs, especially Jayanta’s tapori lingo and a scene where Simran compares their lovemaking to her cuddling a dog!
The sole soul behind his film is Vivek Oberoi. His story (and I’m referring to real life, not reel) is that of a passionate, impulsive but very talented actor. It’s a sorry state of affairs where an actor of his caliber and mettle is just not being given roles he deserves. His acting prowess, seen in both romantic and action roles in the past, is wasted here. Unlike some other Bollywood superstars, he doesn’t just flex his muscles and growl; he can pull off complex roles quite effortlessly.
Apart from a few scenes, the film’s loopholes are glaring, thankfully there are minimal songs. The film begins with a cliché shot of Marine Drive and even the sets in which the film has been shot don’t look very real. All of that is tolerable but one of the biggest flaws is the character sketches for its leading actors. Simran has been depicted as a damsel in a distress who only sulks and looks pretty. Quite unfortunate for such a meaty & significant role. The film even contains ancient dialogues like “Bade sheheron mein, logon ke dil chhote hote hai."
Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story can’t even be classified as one of those mindless, entertaining films which you’ll watch snuggled up in the comfort of your home to beat the blues. There are portions which make you wonder which decade this film shot or rather conceptualized. Some creativity please, this is 2013!
Verdict: Highly dramatic, unoriginal & ridiculous. Not even a timepass masala film.
Release Date: Feb 15, 2013
Director: Vinnil Markan
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Run time: 2 hrs 8 mins
Cast & Crew: Neha Sharma , Vivek Oberoi