The best thing about JIGARIYAA is its lead pair of Harshvardhan Deo and Cherry Mardia. Absolutely believable as the 'young and lost-in-love' innocent souls. Their charming screen presence is another huge plus that draws you to their story.
While newcomer Harshvardhan Deo speaks a lot with his eyes using his soft features to telling effect, Cherry Mardia brings in that absolute charm onto the screen; sexy yet divinely beautiful and she metamorphoses into the character like a caterpillar into a butterfly.
Adding that touch of artistry to the canvass is Cinematographer Sriram Ganapathy, who not only captures the beauty of Agra and Mathura but also of these two love birds, almost painting a picture of the couple which you would want to hang on your walls. Watch out for the holi song where the two refreshing faces wade through colours to bring out endearing images. Never have I seen a slo-mo camera capture a heroine with such appeal; sexy, yet divine!
JIGARIYAA is supposedly based on true events and set in the 1980s. Shamlaal Gupta (Harshvardhan Deo) is a hit with his poetry but a failure in college. He spends time writing poetry and with his close group of friends. His father runs the famous halwaai shop in Agra.
Radhika (Cherry Mardia) from Mathura comes visiting her grandmother in Agra where the two meet. From there Shamu pursues his love although there is a huge divide between the two families. Radhika reciprocates, seeing the sincerity and purity in Shaamu's approach and his love for her.
But alas! Her parents would have nothing to do with this match. They elope to Mumbai to begin life on their own. However, on the day of their marriage, Radhika is traced to Mumbai and taken back.
Their love, however, stays strong. After emotional blackmail from her parents she agrees to marry a boy of their choice. How does Shaamu handle this?
The end is poignant. I bet, even Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and our very own Heer and Ranjha will stand up and applaud the intensity and sincerity of the love of these two.
JIGARIYAA is a pleasant movie and youngsters will surely enjoy watching it. This is love before the times of violence!
You need Chutzpah to make a movie like this!