The raw innocence of first love, the festival mood of Navratri and two new comers – Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain, perfect setting for a rom-com, does LOVEYATRI helmed by Abhiraj Minawala delivers the right notes on love?. Lets find out?
Sushrut (Aayush Sharma) is a dancer, passionate about garba and loves to pass his skills to kids in Vadodara, the world of Aayush is typical, the way a small town youth feels and breathes, one day Michelle (Warina Hussain) makes her way from UK to the world of Sushrut and life changes for him.
As simple as it can get, LOVEYATRI the debut of Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain is a love story tried, tested and trusted since ages. The basics are right, freshness and new charm. Unfortunately, the love saga lacks struggle and pain, which makes it just a passable attempt at love not a lovable one as we all expected.
Abhiraj Minawala makes a movie that has the modern attire but attitude is completely nineties, the use of the song ‘dholida’ is an example, this popular folk song was a range during the 90’s in western parts of India where the festival of Navratri is celebrated with much aplomb.
Abhiraj Minawala fails to add any new nuances to the genre, its conveniently built and pleasingly delivered without challenging the skills of its writers. The chemistry between Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain is decent but lacks the striking stand-alone moments. Aayush has a boyish charm and can shake a leg with grace, proper grooming can make him go places and he is very raw at present. Anyhow his raw appeal is the most striking highlight of this love story. Warina Hussain looks pretty; she is charming but has to work on her acting chops seriously.
Apart from the freshness of the lead pair, the festive mood is another highlight and the vibrant colour of the festival is captured nicely. ‘Chogada’ and ‘Dholida’ are vibrant, Vaibhavi Merchant’s choreography is good, senior actors like Ronit Roy as Warina’s father and Ram Kapoor as Aayush’s mama (uncle) are competent. Arbaaz and Sohail have their moment.
There is an interesting sequence in the film, Ram Kapoor motivates Aayush in a sports bar in London by recollecting iconic Bollywood love stories like QSQT, VEER ZARA, yes of course TERE NAAM and keeps on repeating ‘this is the way we love…”, Abhiraj Minawala is right in getting the core idea but fails to give it the shape we love to see on our screens, love without pain/conflict and tension is a passage without destination, there is love somewhere in LOVEYATRI but the yatra (passage) of the yatri (lovers) is with minimum struggle and pain.