Love Yatri Is Like The Garba Night That Starts Off Fine But Then Becomes All About Fatigue
- Authors: Avipsha Sengupta (Editorial Team)
Cast: Aayush Sharma, Ronit Roy, Ram Kapoor, Prachi Shah
Every film lover in the world will give you one common advice to when you go to watch a film, which is do not judge the film before you actually watch it. Consider yourself lucky if someone gave you this advice before you go to watch LoveYatri.
There is probably something in the air this year, even the films we have least expectations from is turning out to be not that bad and exactly this happens with Love Yatri. Ayush Sharma and Warina Hussain’s Bollywood debut is a fairly watchable film, even with its simplistic attitude and many ‘oh come on’ moments.
Ayush Sharma is surprisingly earnest and his hard work is visible. A little too much perhaps at times but let us give him some leeway given it is his first film. Only serious problem I have with him is why chose a script with so much dancing in it if you know you aren’t the most gifted dancer around. But then again your heart goes out to him given you can see how hard he has really worked to make his garba right and he mostly gets it even though his effort shows. Props to choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant for presenting garba in all its glory in the film that will surely inspire a lot of people. Warina Hussain, who is also stepping into Bollywood with this film, was supposed to look dreamy and beautiful and be sweet and unattainable, a job she gets done. Her command over Hindi and a little bit Gujarati is truly commendable. At least one find of Salman Khan finally managed to get a grasp on Hindi.Their chemistry, however, is more friendly than romantic, which is kind of a bummer.
The story is nothing that you have not seen before in 1000 Bollywood films before this, but the with efficient performances and amazing music the first half feels fairly watchable. In fact, the music of the film is the greatest savior of the film which perks up the extremely predictable film. The first half works despite odds and you enjoy the movie even with its blatant predictability and casual stereotyping and of course, tons of clichés.
Director Abhiraj Minawala who is also dealing with his debut project suffers from bad writing to begin with. He peppers up the first half with the small town charm of Vadodara, gorgeous Navratri celebrations, a sweet romance and a nice and engaging trio of three friends. In fact, Sushruth’s two friends, Rocket and Negative have some of the best moments in the film.
It is in the second half, when the majority of a one liner story has already been stretched to capacity in first half, that the movie enters the facepalm moments zone. Ram Kapoor who is known for delivering some really good performances on screen, was annoying from the beginning itself but by the second half he becomes unbearable. Poor Ronit Roy has been given such a monotone and clichéd character that it is almost tragic to see him make something out of it. Also, Sushruth breaking into a garba routine in a visa office and many other places after that is not only amazingly stupid to watch but also shows the desperation with which the director tries to deal with the serious content crisis of the film.
Aayush Sharma, quite obviously and understandably is majorly under the influence of his superstar brother-in-law Salman Khan and in some frames can be seen drawing a bit too much influence from him. Also, the humor of the film falls into the Salman Khan zone and you can feel that the jokes and gags have all been approved by Salman Khan and is meant to capture the audience that go gaga over his antics on screen.
But to the movie’s credit, it sets out to be an out and out romantic commercial entertainer and tries to remain true to its objective. It does not try to be intelligent of intellectual even for a second and that is one thing that works in its favor. It lacks the complexities of modern romances, but in a way is reminiscent of the straightforward love stories of the 90s which was all about boy meets an unattainable girl, falls in love, goes through a little rough patch of realizing his 'aukaat' and parental opposition and eventually they all live happily ever after.
With good music, average performances and a fairly watchable first half, Loveyatri is not a must watch but isn’t the worst film of the year either.
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