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Jayeshbhai Jordaar | Official Trailer | Ranveer Singh, Shalini Pandey | Divyang Thakkar, 13 May 2022
Female feticide is not a new topic for today’s audience; This was back then, but certainly not in this internet generation. Even the topic of sex determination during pregnancy is not new to us, but yes, it is true that we do not use this topic regularly in cinema. It has many episodes in TV serials like Crime Patrol and Savdhaan India as they are inspired by true events. In movies, you need entertainment, and that’s probably the main reason why many filmmakers didn’t choose the subject for a feature film. Well, from now on I can say that Divyang Thakkar’s Jayeshbhai Jordaar is an honest effort, but is it enough? Not necessary. The concept of the film is good and it also manages to present it in a satirical manner, but the weak writing in the second half causes an unexpected downfall.
Jayeshbhai Jordaar tells the story of Jayesh Patel (Ranveer Singh), who is married to Murda (Shalini Pandey), but has not found an heir. Jayesh’s father, Ramlal (Boman Irani), is a proud village headman whose ancestors are infused with male ego, and he wants the male legacy to be carried forward in the village. He forces Mudra and Jayesh to abort not twice or thrice, but six times. In the end, they have a girl named Nisha, who turns out to be a pure firecracker. Mudra is pregnant again, but this time Jayesh has made up his mind to have a girl, and how he fights his father and the entire male-dominated environment of his village is the rest of the story.
Jayeshbhai Jordar had a good first half. It’s funny and engaging for like 50 minutes and then drags on into the second half, which is about 70 minutes long. The climax part is poorly written, and that is the biggest reason for this unexpected downfall. There are several loops here and there in the film, but you tend to ignore them until the story feels comical, but the last 20 minutes are so old-fashioned clichés that they can’t be ignored. Divyan’s writing gives a full stop to his own progress, which has failed to reach its true potential.
Ranveer Singh is one of the finest actors in the youth brigade of Bollywood, and he continues to have a good flow with this film. He is coming off a stellar run at 83, and Jayeshbhai Jordaar continues to flow for him. His accent and body language are remarkable, but his character has some shortcomings that can be blamed on the author. The second best actor in the film is none other than Boman Irani. He is innocent as Ramlal. He is the only truly lethal character in the film. Debutant Shalini Pandey looks decent as Mudra while her daughter Nisha aka Jiya is hysterical. Ratna Pathak Shah has nothing new to offer and the supporting cast of Samay Raj Thakkar, Raagi Jani, Puneet Issar and others is nothing short of impressive.
The film has a total of four songs; One of them appears in the end credits. Firecracker is quite a fancy and foot-tapping number, keeping the mood alive with small glimpses throughout the story until it is finally revealed in its full version. “Jord” comes in briefly in the climax part, but it’s definitely the best song on the album. The other situational song, “Dheer Dheere Dheere Khoj Jaunga,” bothers you a little, but not completely. Jayeshbhai Jordaar has got the thrust but the screenplay is lame. Some dialogues carry subtle meaning, while some are not suitable for family audiences. How terrible that “puppy” (kiss) idea is, and how awful it gets in the final scene is even worse.
It’s not such a bad film for a debutante, but it certainly shows the flaws of the Divyangs. Rather, it exposes them. You can’t expect a family entertainer to have such language and such obscene references to prove a harsh social message because they are not used to these urban materials. It is neither a single screen audience film nor a multiplex driven drama; It wanders unconsciously somewhere in the middle. Divyang Thakkar’s idea was great, but his execution was not. He lacked the directing skills required to pursue this film, but before that he lacked the writing skills that could make Jayeshbhai Jordar a strong film on paper. Overall, it is a wrong script which should have been checked time and again before going on floors. Ranveer Singh and Boman Irani’s performance might just leave you happy, while the film will go down the memory lane as a half-baked product.