JAYANTABHAI KI LUV STORY Movie Review: An ordinary love story
Mayur Puri and Priya Panchal
Vivek Oberoi and Neha Sharma
February 15, 2013 06:01:52 PM IST By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
Vivek Oberoi is out to prove himself all over again. His second innings, if one may be permitted to call it, after a brief lull is 'scratch and play'. Almost akin to a good Test cricketer discarded for lack of form, being inducted back into the cricket team. With confidence at an all-time low, the poor batsmen, now has to start from square one.
As a goon, the Oberoi lad tries too hard in JAYANTABHAI KI LUV STORY. Someone needs to tell him that this is just a passing phase and the talent he once portrayed was no fluke. All he has to do is get his self-belief back.
Neha Sharma, on the other hand, is a breeze. Confident and good-looking, she packs a punch in performance as Simran, an out-of-town girl who has run out of her luck in Mumbai. A few good roles and this girl is sure to be in the big league.
JKLS is an ordinary love story. While Neha's character is believable, Jayantabhai (Vivek Oberoi) is a forced element in the script. Bhaigiri is by-the-way. Jayantabhai is a loner who has been living all his life doing the odd job for a local gangster. Besides using his fists, he knows nothing. Of course, he does have a heart of gold, though. And this heart he loses to his 'padosan''bhadotri', Simran, who is forced to quit her posh company flat as recession hits them.
Another actor who does a Vivek Oberoi in the movie is Zakir Hussain. A brilliant actor, Zakir seems bored with his part in this film. However, Nassar breaths fire in his minuscule role.
Another segment that looks forced is the songs. From nowhere, they are injected into the proceedings like they did in the early nineties.
What basically pulls the film back is the poor story. It had a good scope to work big time had first-time director Vinnil Markan been a little more bold in bordering Vivek's character on the 'deadly' instead of 'a surface scratching gangster'.
Neha's job-hunting too, is prolonged and contrived.
There are good, funny moments too, which shows the camaraderie between the two lead stars. But on the whole, it's not what one thought one would get on seeing the promos.