• 20 Oct - 26 Oct, 2018
  • Omair Alavi
  • Reviews

Just like ‘not every love story has a happy ending’, not every Bhardwaj is an award-winning director or every Bhatt film is a classic. The dialogue from Mahesh Bhatt production Jalebi fits the film itself because it takes place on a train with an irritating Digangana Suryavanshi as a co-passenger to Rhea Chakraborty’s Aysha; the twist here is that Digangana is the wife of Aysha’s ex-husband Dev played by newcomer Varun Mitra and they have a seven-year-old daughter, the exact number of years of Aysha and Dev’s divorce. So if you are feeling bad about your own life, go and watch this film and you will come out happy because it is so depressing that you would feel good about your own self.

Nothing stands out about this film which seems to have been a modern take at Gulzar’s classic Ijazat; here we have an elderly couple traveling in a train with no connection to the story; a rock star who has had his heart broken but, too, has nothing to do with the story and a newly-married Sikh couple who could have been written out of the plot easily. Then there was the leading pair who seemed too much in love before marriage and as we know, too much of anything is bad. Rhea Chakraborty looked great but sadly her expressions remained the same throughout the film; why she was all gag the highly unimpressive Varun Mitra remains a mystery and despite knowing his background and his fascination with his old haveli, she was the one who married him and left after a tragedy. A sad addition from the house of Bhatts who have given so many hits in the past. •