Janhit Mein Jaari review: Nushrratt Bharuccha successfully completes her mission in this good but a bit too long social comedy

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Film: Janhit Mein Jaari

Director: Jai Basantu Singh

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Janhit Mein Jaari movie review:

‘Condoms’, a word that is quite prevalent in our day-to-day life, still taboo to talk about. A decade ago, thinking about condoms being the centre of a commercial Hindi film would have been unfathomable, but today, things have changed and that revolution began almost a decade ago. Social comedies dealing with taboo subjects became a success formula ever since and that is what even Janhit Mein Jaari falls under.

Last year, Nushrratt Bharuccha proved that she could pull off a film on her own with Chhorii, delivering a stellar performance there and Janhit Mein Jaari marks her second outing as the face of the film. She has done a good job living up to the expectations of her audience here and the film in itself, delivers its message to quite a successful extent without being preachy. While I love the film and admire the approach that the film has taken, I wonder if it will work as well theatrically.

Ranveer Singh‘s Jayeshbhai Jordaar was also a social comedy that released last month and was met with a lukewarm response at the box office, and that makes me wonder if the era of social comedies is gone for the time being. Janhit Mein Jaari is a good film, no doubt about that, it’s just a tad bit too long at close to around two-and-a-half hour of runtime. The newcomer Anud Singh Dhaka is the most charming aspect of the film and the casting, it’s biggest USP.

Story:

Nushrratt Bharuccha’s Manokamna aka Manu is an unemployed young girl in the town of Chanderi who is desperately searching for a job to escape from the marriage prospects her family is bringing. Amidst the search, she gets an offer from a condom-manufacturing company to be their sales executive and after a little hesitation, she takes up the job. What follows is how her job affects her life, marriage and how the motive behind the job changes for her.

Star Performances:

Nushrratt is leading the film from the front and she delivers in all aspects. She has that spunk that is needed from a confident, small-town-girl. She takes a step back when her family goes against her but also stands up for herself when their opposition comes at the cost of her morals. If Chhorii was her way to show that she can take a film ahead on her own, Janhit Mein Jaari just strengthens that belief. She is the life of the film and this womaniya, is indeed ‘sab pe bhaari’.

However, it’s Anud who steals my heart every time he appears on screen. He has an inherent charm about him that just pulls you towards him. Playing the character of a small-town boy, many actors go overboard with the dramatisation of it, but Anud plays it to the T. If he is loud in front of his friends, he is also scared in front of his family and a little soft with his love. He has the confidence that his character demands but also the restraint that is very much needed. The conflict that he goes through in the film is so well-depicted and I wouldn’t be wrong in saying that this man is going to do wonders if he carries on this way.

Paritosh Tripathi is a comic genius and I feel so glad that the makers gave him a chance to show that on the big screen. His comic timing is impeccable and every time he is on the screen, he just steals the show. I feel so proud to see him get the break he so rightfully deserves.

vijay raaz as the orthodox patriarch is just a gem. He gets the accent, the personality and traits of his character to perfection. At moments, he will scare you and at some times, he will make you laugh. His experience just does the talking here.

The rest of the ensemble cast is also just amazing. It’s great to see Tinnu Anand back on the big screen. There is one scene of his that will just make you laugh like crazy, and his mere presence is eclectic in the rest of the film. Sapna Sand and Ishtiyak Khan as Nushrratt’s parents are just pure gems with the former being the scene stealer here. Neha Saraf as the bhabhi has two of the most hilarious dialogues in the film and her comic capabilities are just through the roof. The only cast member I felt was under-utilised was Bijendra Kala. He is a maverick and I felt that he should have been given a more meaty part as he would have totally killed it. Each and every member of the cast did an exemplary job and that’s why I said the cast is the film’s USP.

 

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Direction/Screenplay

Janhit Mein Jaari marks Jai Basantu Singh’s debut in direction and he has written the screenplay of the film with Raaj Shaandilyaa, Rajan Agarwal and Sonali Singh. The way he has moulded his vision to tell the story and deliver its message without being preachy, it’s commendable. He successfully brings out the small-town vibe as he has captured the location, the busy roads, the small houses and shops so beautifully. But at close to 2.5 hours, the film feels a little dragged after a point, a crisper edit was needed to reduce the run time. Also, two of the major confrontational scenes that influence a major turn in the story, feel a bit dramatised and don’t have the effect the rest of the film has. They just fall a little flat as compared to the rest of the film’s flow. But overall, Jai has made a good directorial debut.

Conclusion

In a total review, I would say that Janhit Mein Jaari is a good and entertaining film and there is no questioning that. It marks a lot of firsts, including debut actor Anud, Raaj and Vinod Bhanushali’s first stint as solo producers, Jai’s debut in direction, and with each other’s support, they pull off a good project. Nushrratt being the one with the most star-power here delivers to her promise. It’s just the run-time that brings this film a little down and the genre of social comedy that puts an asterisk on how the film might perform. It’s a good, clean film and deserves at least one viewing with the whole family.

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