Verdict: This Binnu Dhillon & Sargun Mehta starrer Jhalle is fairly enjoyable.
The superhit trio of Binnu Dhillon, Sargun Mehta and director Amarjit Singh is back with Jhalle after the success of Kala Shah Kala. The trailer of the latest film created a lot of positive buzz and was tagged as ‘different’ by one and all. Two people with psychological disorders, madly in love with each other, trying to woo others for marriage – Jhalle had everything going its way before its release. But does the film keeps you glued to the proceedings or does it go overboard? Let’s analyze.
What’s Jhalle About:
Ballu (Binnu Dhillon) is admitted to a mental hospital and the doctors have lost all hope that he would ever get better. He manages to escape and meets Neena (Sargun Mehta) who is also mentally unstable. Almost instantly, they fall in love. They decide to visit Neena’s house and convince her parents for marriage. But once they get there, Ballu realizes that her entire family has numerous psychological issues. Can he get out of the house or does he find solutions to the problems that he faces in there?
There’s no denying that Jhalle is not your regular Punjabi masala film. It has a different story, has been written, shot, acted and directed in a way that no other Punjabi film has done till date. That’s where the film earns brownie points.
Jhalle starts off on an interesting note as the lead artists are introduced along with their psychological conditions. The film picks up pace after Ballu and Neena meet each other. The entire episode involving the introduction of her family members and their unique mannerisms is hilarious. As soon as Ballu and his friends come to know about the family’s truth, the proceedings become even more interesting. The mother sitting on the table and later being discovered brings the house down.
The second half starts off on the same high where the first one ends. The scenes involving Ballu and his friends trying to run away from the house and the family standing in their way are entertaining. The pre-climax feels like a little bit of a letdown compared to the rest of the film while the end brings a smile on the viewer’s face.
Binnu Dhillon and Sargun Mehta are the heart and soul of the film. They give superlative performances and look every bit ‘jhalle’ while in love with each other. It’s hard to say who is better than whom. Kudos to the pair who has chosen a different theme to not only act but to also believe in the subject and produce the same. Besides them, Baninderjit Singh Bunny and Harby Sangha are excellent. They provide rib-tickling comedy moments in the film. Pawan Malhotra and Jatinder Kaur are first-rate.
Director Amarjit Singh, who is also the story and screenplay writer, is a talent to watch out for. He succeeds in comic scenes as well as the emotional ones. A special mention should also be given to the film’s background music by Kevin Roy Sound. It’s simply brilliant.
What Could’ve Been Better:
The last quarter of the second half goes completely awry and tests your patience. Stick through till the end and you will be satisfied.
Why You Should Watch:
Jhalle should be watched because of its unique theme and treatment. Your heart goes out to the crazy lovers who defy what the world thinks about them. It has some sincere performances by Binnu Dhillon, Sargun Mehta, Harby Sangha and Baninderjit Singh Bunny. If you are looking for cinema that’s not run-of-the-mill, then Jhalle is the flick to watch.