“There’s nothing more dangerous than a Bihari in love,” says the concerned uncle of an NRI girl in Jo Dooba So Paar: It’s Love in Bihar. This clunky comedy stars Anand Tiwari (of The President is Coming and Aisha) as Kesu, a slacker boy who returns home to a small town in the cow-belt when he’s thrown out of boarding school for being a nuisance. Lazing around with friends when he’s not assisting his truck-driver father, he takes in the violence and corruption around him that is a part of the local ecosystem. Then, he falls hopelessly in love with a friendly NRI girl who arrives in his part of the woods on a research project, but before he can tell her, her white boyfriend shows up. And shortly after, she’s kidnapped.
This odd film from director Praveen Kumar gives off a sense of incompletion, as it never quite comes together as anything coherent. Despite a strong cast that includes Vinay Pathak, Rajat Kapoor, Sadia Siddiqui, and Pitobash Tripathy, the film is hard to sit through because the plot makes very little sense. The talented Anand Tiwari plays Kesu as an unpredictable fellow who is at the verge of revealing himself, but the script doesn’t give him any moments to shine.
I’m going with a generous one out of five for Jo Dooba So Paar: It’s Love in Bihar You keep waiting for something out of the ordinary to happen…anything really. But nothing does. It’s as boring as watching paint dry.