‘Jalebi’ Movie Review: A stale offering that leaves a bad taste in your mouth

Directed by: Pushpdeep Bhardwaj
Produced by: Mahesh Bhatt, Vishesh Films
Cast: Rhea Chakraborty, Varun Mitra
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2/5

With glycerine as their constant companion, Rhea Chakraborty and Varun Mitra star in this snoozefest of a movie that has been poorly directed, poorly written and poorly performed. Probably the only thing that this writer has been able to appreciate is a simple message that is driven through in the climax. “If you love a flower, don’t pluck it. Water it,” reads a sign board in Kashmir. It’s a nice thought that needs to be understood by so many people who have got the concept of love all wrong. For that important lesson itself, we’re refraining from giving it a single star.

Coming back to the bizarre story, the movie starts with Ayesha (Rhea) crying incessantly as she is not able to forget about her break-up with Dev (Varun). Her life holds no meaning, even though she has written a very successful novel. To attend one of her book readings, she takes a train to New Delhi and she sees something that takes her back in time. Through constant flashbacks, we see Ayesha and Dev’s journey go from boom to gloom.

They fall in love like a typical couple falls in love in movies. A few dates, a few jokes, a single song and voila, you have two people so smitten in love, they would happily die for each other. They marry and life is good. With time though, Ayesha starts to have differences with Dev’s mom and also takes up a 9 to 5 job. The squabbles don’t stop until Ayesha calls it off, and leaves Dev’s house (a heaven for Dev, a khandhar for Ayesha).

Years later, co-incidence brings Ayesha and Dev together and for what happens next, you’ll have to see the movie. Even though, we’ll recommend you to make better use of your time and money.

Final verdict:

This is not even a good date movie or something die-hard teenage romantics will enjoy.

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