Jalebi: An old-fash­ioned sweet tale of ro­mance.

Gulf Times Community - - FRONT PAGE - By Troy Ribeiro

“Unki mo­hab­bat ka­mal ki hoti hai, jinka milna muqadar mein nahi hota”. This line is twice re­it­er­ated in the film and that is what sums up direc­tor Push­pdeep Bhard­waj’s Jalebi.

Adapted from the 2016 re­leased Ben­gali film called Prak­tan, and de­signed in a typ­i­cal Ma­hesh Bhatt and Vishesh Films’ tem­plate, the film is the love story of Mum­bai-based Aisha Prad­han and Delhi-based Dev Mathur.

Nar­rated in a non-lin­ear for­mat, the film be­gins with a de­pressed but con­sci­en­tious Aisha con­fess­ing to her fa­ther that her life holds no mean­ing for her af­ter the break­down of her mar­riage to Dev, who she un­war­ily mar­ried seven years ago. But de­spite a bro­ken heart, she un­der­takes a train jour­ney to Delhi to pro­mote her book.

Un­be­knownst to her, trav­el­ling in the same com­part­ment are Dev’s cur­rent wife and daugh­ter. How her life un­furls dur­ing the jour­ney forms the crux of the tale.

Rhea Chakraborty plays the im­pul­sive and tem­per­a­men­tally in­de­pen­dent young girl who is as­pir­ing to be an au­thor to per­fec­tion. She also deftly bal­ances her act of a vi­brant newly mar­ried girl and a brood­ing woman wal­low­ing in self-pity.

She is cute and ap­peal­ing when she falls for the tour guide Dev and im­petu­ously mar­ries him.

Varun Mi­tra, on the other hand as Dev, is very en­dear­ing and charm­ing. Dev aptly bal­ances Aisha and they make a per­fect pair. But since not all love sto­ries have to have a happy end­ing, theirs’ too is plagued with the malaise of sacri­fice af­ter Varun is in­spired by the line he read ran­domly, “If you love a flower do not pluck it. Wa­ter it”.

The duo are aptly sup­ported by Di­gan­gana Surya­van­shi as Dev’s cur­rent wife, Aanya Dureja as Dev’s daugh­ter “Pulti” aka Disha, Ma­hesh Thakur as Aisha’s fa­ther and the char­ac­ter who plays Dev’s mother.

Mounted with a mod­er­ate bud­get, the pro­duc­tion val­ues of the film are of rea­son­ably good qual­ity. Though the train com­part­ment seems an­ti­sep­tic and syn­thetic, the Ne­taji ki Haveli and the walled city of old Delhi seem nat­u­ral and are as­tutely cap­tured.

Be­ing a ro­mance tale, mu­sic is un­for­tu­nately its weak­est link.

Over­all, the film will ap­peal only to in­cor­ri­gi­ble, die-hard ro­man­tics who are suck­ers for a sen­ti­men­tal love story.– IANS

LOVE STORY:A scene from Jalebi. Be­ing a ro­mance tale, mu­sic is un­for­tu­nately the weak­est link of the movie.

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