Verdict: A breezy love story.

From Katrina Kaif to Sooraj Pancholi, Salman Khan had introduced several actors in Bollywood. While he has announced his next production which will feature Pranutan Bahl (Mohnish Behl’s daughter) and Zaheer Iqbal (an acquaintance’s son), his latest one opens today. LoveYatri, whose tagline is “a journey of love”, features two newcomers – Aayush Sharma and Zarina Hussain. The former is Salman Khan’s brother-in-law and the latter is model from Iraq. Read on to know how they fare.

What’s LoveYatri About:

Sushrut (Aayush Sharma), fondly known as Susu, is so passionate about garba that his ultimate goal is to open an academy where kids can learn the dance form. He only attends the Navaratri celebrations to dance while his friends Rocket and Negative head there to find a partner. At one such event, he spots Michelle aka Manisha (Warina Hussain) and it’s love at first sight for the Baroda boy. Love blossoms over a song but a small argument brings the relationship to an abrupt end. Post interval, the proceedings move to London, where Sushrut has to win over not only his girl’s heart but also her father (Ronit Roy).

What Works:

LoveYatri is a quintessential Bollywood romance film. It has the right kind of dialogues, naach-gaana, and a happy ending. The supporting cast is terrific and the actors playing Sushrut’s pals deserve a big round of applause. Ram Kapoor and Ronit Roy are good. The lead of the film – Aayush – has been well groomed by Bhai and it shows. Right from his hairstyle to his clothes, everything about him screams hero. The camera zooms in to show his six-pack abs and he also gets to dance for a good part of the film’s duration. The songs are definitely earworms with Chogada being the pick of the lot. Kudos to the cinematographer for capturing the beauty of Gujarat and the vibrant celebrations of Navratri in the state.

What Could’ve Been Better:

The chemistry between Sushrut and Manisha leaves us wanting more. Also, the lead couple’s split could’ve been more elaborate. We would’ve liked to see more of Ram Kapoor and Ronit Roy.

Why You Should Watch:

It’s been a while since Bollywood fans got to see a quintessential love story. Directors are now experimenting with the genre (looking at you, Anurag Kashyap), so it’s good to watch an old-school style romance. The lead pair is easy on your eyes and there’s plenty to like in LoveYatri.