A Mumbai Criminal Tempered by Romance: Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story (2013) - Review

Vivek Oberoi (Jayanta) and Neha Sharma (Simran)

Kolkata, Feb 19, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio): Producer Kumar Taurani's ‘Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story’ is a film about the disruptive tendency of the human heart to fall in love with the most inconvenient of people at the least desirable time.

Film Poster: Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story (2013)

Directed by Vinnil Markan, the film revolves round Jayanta (Vivek Oberoi), and his crush Simran (Neha Sharma). Jayanta is thug in the nefarious Mumbai crime circle. Simran is a highly educated pretty girl who has lost her job due to a corporate scam, and has now settled in Mumbai in Jayanta’s neighbourhood, and in search of a job.

Jayanta takes pity on the girl and helps her find work. In the course of the job-hunt Cupid strikes and romance blooms. But a ‘ruffian’ and crude-mannered strongman is not the most suitable guy for a girl like Simran. So Jayanta strives for a decent nondescript civil life just for the sake of his new found love.

But, as is commonly said, stepping into underworld is crossing the point of no-return. The same applies to Jayanta, as his godfather - crime lord and Mumbai Mafia Don Alex Pandiyan (Nassar) - does not want to set him free. What follows makes the rest of this love and hate story.

The film starts with a comic flavor and just as the audience gets ready to have a laughter session the film changes track and becomes a medley of comedy, action sentiment and social themes. There are still some funny moments like the spoken English lessons given to Jayanta by Simran.

Vivek's attempts at emoting are mostly successful. The very beautiful Neha Sharma plays a role that does not offer her steep acting challenges - it is likely she will shine as an actress in more difficult roles in coming days.

The voices of singers like Atif Aslam and Shreya Ghoshal never let down the audience, and the film songs in Jayantabhai are no exception.

Watch the Trailer: Jayantabhai ki luv story

By Jyoti Prakash Mandal (jpmandal@washingtonbanglaradio.com)