Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story-love and laughs amidst bullets! Movie Review

2.5 / 5.0

Prima facie this looks to be another 'Don' film, but the similarities end soon, with the Don turning out to be a kindred soul, moved by the plight of damsels in distress. By the time the film gets over, one starts wondering whether to call it a crime film or one that is romantic comedy, thanks to the underlying love theme and the liberal doses of typical Mumbaiyya Tapori style raw humour injected into the movie.

Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story” in essence is a typical light-hearted, bubbly romance with shades of comedy and crime pasted on. More specifically, it is the love story between a small time gangster; Jayantabhai portrayed by Vivek Oberoi in a role that is a powerful punch of lover-cum- dada-cum-funster, and his neighbour Simran enacted by Neha Sharma. They reside in the same areas as tenants.

As the plot unfolds, it is seen that bad days have befallen Simran after she gets thrown out of her job as a result of the 2G scam. To make matters worse, she also gets notice to leave her accommodation. This is when she is forced to move into rented accommodation and becomes the neighbour of Jayantabhai. 

On the flip side, he is portrayed as a “struggling” gangster (if one can coin that term), looking to establish himself in the hierarchy as the key man for his gang leader boss Altafbhai, played by Zakir Husain. The other protagonist Simran too is fighting her struggles in the job world, without any instant luck coming her way. The story continues, with simmering love and gang warfare interspersed, striking a heady contrast. 

The street corner shootouts and victory over rival gangs apart, it ultimately loves that wins, and unites the two protagonists, with a lot of clearing of misunderstandings and sermonising that goes into the proceedings that lead to the happy conclusion. In the none too convincing character etched out for him in the film, he shows some shades of his fundamental acting skills in better films, but the weight of the compound character somewhat brings him down at times. 

Neha Sharma against him looks good and tries to live up to the role of a bubbly girl caught between the distress of a struggling career and love of a man found on the other side of the law. Apart from the main actors, debutant director Vinnil Markan seems to have relied to a large extent on his scriptwriter, Kiran Kotrial, to churn out some tapori humour for Vivek’s punch lines.

However, there is an apparent inconsistency when Vivek mouths a Hyderabadi accent, being a Maharashtrian in the movie. Though the music of Sachin Jigar is hummable in parts, this being their third film for the year, it does not seem to make its mark in the movie, being much out of place in most situations. It may be a film into which one can walk in hoping it to be a love story, looking at the title. How the street fighting and gangster sequences or the Tapori humour is received would, of course, depend on the individual preferences of the cine goers.