Jigariyaa is all about a middle class boy, Shyaam Lal Gupta or Shyamu (Harshvardhan Deo), son of Agra’s well-known halwai, who falls in love with a rich girl Radha (Cherry Mardia) from Mathura who has come to Agra to visit her grandmother. It’s love at first sight. Owing to the class divide, parents object to the relationship.
While Shyamu has remained thrice in the same class, Radha is well-educated and speaks impeccable English. After a brief courtship, Radha too falls in love with Shyamu and now it’s time for the parents to appose.
Now this is where Jigariyaa starts and ends.
The film is set in the 80’s and one needs to give full marks to cinematographer Sriram Ganapathy. who transports you to a different era. The film is watchable till the interval, but post that it just falls apart.
Jigariyaa has nothing new to offer. It’s treatment is something that you have seen in various small town love stories before.
Harshvardhan Deo has a huge Dhanush hangover as one felt that the makes were trying a re-make of Raanjhanaa set in the 80’s. Coming to the leading lady, Cherry Mardia, well she is as stiff as a pole with about two expressions on her face.
Virendra Saxena as Shaamu’s father is the only bright spot of the movie. K.K. Raina manages to do whatever little he has been asked to with full honesty. Natasha Rastogi reprises a role similar to her role in Ishaqzaade where she played Arjun Kapoor’s mother.
What is most disappointing about Jigariyaa is it’s music. Being a romantic film, the makes should have worked on the music first, but then non of the songs are worth listening even once. The length of the film is another huge drawback as goes on and on and eventually becomes a never ending torturous saga.
All said and done, Jigariyaa can well be avoided.
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