Nushrratt Bharuccha starrer Janhit Mein Jaari just dropped in cinemas and it is a laughter riot! The movie features Manokamna Tripathi, a young woman trying to avoid the pressure her family puts on her to get married. She is determined to stand on her own feet and make a career for herself. How she ends up working in a company that makes condoms and how her job affects her life make up the rest of the movie. Read this review of Janhit Mein Jaari to find out if it lives up to expectations.
A healthy mix of humour and messaging
Jai Basantu Singh has managed to intersperse the movie with a healthy mix of humour and social messaging. Manokamna takes up a job as a condom salesgirl in the company Little Umbrella to avoid marriage. Everybody in her family thinks she is working for an umbrella company, and she never corrects them. While initially Manokamna herself is embarrassed, soon she finds her footing and puts her all into the job. The one thing this movie is guaranteed to give you is endless laughter. While some of the jokes may seem drab in isolation, they work in the context of the movie. Similarly, there are a lot of innuendos that become the cause of hilarity.
The first half of the movie is particularly hilarious. The second half focuses more on the importance of using a condom in order to avoid abortions, and Manu trying to deal with her in-laws, their judgement, and the judgement she faces from society. Thankfully, there is still a good dose of humour in the latter half, so it doesn’t fully disappoint. While the movie teeters on being preachy, it doesn’t cross over into that territory until the very end.
A talented supporting cast
Nushrratt Bharuccha got a chance to shine in this movie and she does. Janhit Mein Jaari is commercialised, no doubt, and it does seem a bit over the top. Bharuccha, whose acting seemed a little loud in the trailer, fits right into the movie. Given the way the story is treated, Bharuccha manages to shine through with her performance.
The movie boasts of a strong supporting cast as well. While Vijay Raaz, as Keval aka Manu’s father-in-law, is a scene-stealer, Anud Singh Dhaka as Ranjan, Manu’s husband, also impresses. Manu’s childhood friend, Devi, played by Paritosh Tripathi, is commendable in the role of a pining lover who has unrequited feelings for Manu.
Some loose ends
Janhit Mein Jaari is far from perfect. It tries to focus on too many things and loses a bit of focus in the process. Towards the end of the movie, we find out Manu helped Keval win the Panchayat elections, but we are never told how. In another instance, Ranjan, who was so far willing to do his father’s bidding, suddenly supports Manu in her quest to make women aware of the importance of condoms. Ranjan’s sudden switch is not convincing. Another problem the movie faces is the length. It is too long a movie for the topic it chooses to speak about. It could have been thirty minutes shorter and still made an impact.
All in all, Janhit Mein Jaari delivers on good performance and humour. It’s not the best movie ever made, but if you are looking for a hilarious watch, give it a shot.