Debutant director Divyang Thakkar’s Jayeshbhai Jordaar is a jordaar effort to put across a very pertinent point. Divyang should be credited for his unique writing and direction and present the story in a very humourous and sarcastic manner. The narrative is a combination of popular debates put across as sub plots. There are atleast a couple of scenes that may give you goosebumps too. It is after a long time that a family drama is released and thanks to Yash Raj Films and Ranveer Singh to support such cinema.
Prenatal sex determination is a grave offence, but this family somewhere in Gujarat is hell bent on committing this offence. Ranveer Singh, who plays Jayesh Patel is a father-to-be for the ‘seventh time’ with wife Mudra Patel (Shalini Pandey) and has a 8-9 year old daughter Nisha (played brilliantly by Jia Vaidya). Jayesh is in a fix and feels guilty of committing / supporting ‘five murders’. He does not want to commit one more but is unable to voice his concern or opinion in front of his patriarchal family and dominant father (Boman Irani), who is also the sarpanch of the village and his wife Anuradha Patel (Ratna Pathak Shah). The parents are hoping to have a grandson to carry on the family lineage. But there is a catch and their verdict is, either it would be a grandson or none! However, Jayesh opines that bearing a child is like a God’s gift and one cannot demand a gift of choice (as in prasad). However, when Jayesh learns that it is ‘Jai Mata Ji’ and not ‘Jai Shri Krishna’, he has no way but to flee. Flee with his wife and ‘two daughters’! Can Jayeshbhai Jordaar and his family escape the claws of his powerful sarpanch father or oblige his parents and commit yet another crime forms the main plot line.
Ranveer Singh looks absolutely the way the character is supposed to be with his dressing sense, mannerisms and dialogue delivery ably supported by Shalini Pandey who looks and behaves very much in sync with the environment that she belongs too. But it is Jia Vaidya who steals the show with her flawless and confident acting, expressions and dialogue delivery. Never once does she looks intimidated facing Ranveer Singh or senior actors like Boman Irani and Ratna Pathak Shah.
There is Puneet Issar too in a cameo in a very unique sub plot.
Overall, films with significant discussion and important voice should be appreciated. What with wonderful artists like Ranveer Singh, Shalini Pandey, Boman Irani, Ratna Pathak and others giving a flawless performance and put across the point to the audience. With a serious topic dished out in such an entertaining manner, Jayeshbhai Jordaar should definitely be a candidate for being conferred tax free status.
Movie: Jayeshbhai Jordaar
Director: Divyang Thakkar
Cast: Ranveer Singh, Shalini Pandey, Jia Vaidya, Boman Irani, Ratna Pathak Shah,
Duration: 124 minutes