Here’s the complete movie review of Jalebi which hits the theaters today all over and is expected to be another passionate love-tale by Vishesh Films.
Movie : Jalebi
Director : Pushpdeep Bhardwaj
Rating : 3/5
Two ex-lovers, a long train journey, a series of flashbacks and the understanding of the highs & lows of one’s love-life defines the film Jalebi which has released today all over the nation. The romantic-drama stars Rhea Chakraborty and introduces Varun Mitra in the lead roles who play lovers Ayesha and Dev and also has the TV actress Digangana Suryavanshi in a supporting role.
The film starts with Rhea who has just broken her marriage before it even stars amidst a lot of despair. She knows that she won’t be able to love anyone else other than the first love of her life, Dev who is no more with her. Though she is doing well professionally as a writer where her novel is the best-seller but her personal life is filled with turmoil, angst and a lot of depression. She decides to leave to Delhi for her book-reading sessions where she meets a woman in the train who also has a 7 year old daughter.
As the movie progresses, it takes us to the flashbacks showing how two young people who accidentally meet each other, fall in love and decide to get married. It’s all happy & rosy till Ayesha finds herself trapped in a house which she refers as Khandehar and starts thinking that it can be a roadblock against her many dreams of becoming a successful author and much more. Even the everlasting and true love of her husband Dev doesn’t give her clarity and she is left with no other choice but to leave everything behind. Dev tries his best to make her believe that everything can happen if they are together on this but Ayesha being a little stubborn doesn’t get the bigger picture. Here, no one is wrong or right but just have two very varied lifestyles despite the love for each other. As the highs and the lows keep happening, the two lovers think of reuniting one more time but in vain.
The train journey becomes more traumatic for Ayesha as she gets to know one thing after the another which makes her remind her of the past as well as makes her start hating Dev even more. The co-passengers in the train also give her haunting thoughts as well as signs & memories which make her realize that she is alone in life and is missing the love which everyone else has blaming it all on Dev. The turn of incidents takes a major twist when Dev turns up all of a sudden. What follows next will keep you on hook. It also brings a plethora of emotions which will makes one experience the grey shades of intense love and the pains attached to it which are beautifully portrayed. Even Dev is in double minds and is not able to talk eye to eye to Ayesha.
What We Loved : Varun Mitra as Dev is definitely here to stay as an actor and is a fresh breath of air which the today’e generation will relate to. The actor who has been a known name in the ad-world has shown such maturity in his first film itself where he is super endearing and it will be difficult to not fall in love with him, his character & his acting chops. He brings back the magic of old world charm and has a very real & natural vibe in his acting where he proves that he can easily be the next big thing. And how can we not miss Rhea Chakraborty’s bravura of a performance where she has easily delivered her career best performance in Jalebi which brims with variety, spunk as well as a lot of depth. The peppy actress has proved that she can do serious roles as well with a lot of conviction.
Not to forget, the music of the film is it’s soul as it’s downright melodious and works fabulously well for the film’s progression and in adding the right amount of feels which are required for an intense romantic film. Songs like Tum Se and Pal are music for the soul and should not be missed.
The movie’s length is a plus point and never gets on your head which works nicely for the film. Also, the crisp direction is a bonus where you will get entertained as well as moved. The main underlying message of the film that it is okay to move on in life and it does not imply that the love was any less gets registered in your mind and stays even after you step out of the theater. This is what makes Jalebi a winner!