Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Neha Sharma’s romantic comedy “Jogira Sara Ra Ra”, directed by Kushan Nandy and written by Ghalib Asad Bhopali, released in the theaters recently, opening to mildly satisfying box office numbers.

The plot of the film revolves around Jogi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) living in Lucknow, who is a wedding planner by profession. He believes that he has ‘jugaad’ for everything for which he’s pretty proud of himself. He lives with his mother, aunt and sisters and does not want another woman’s entry in his life after getting married.

One day, Jogi meets Dimple (Neha Sharma), who runs away from marriage just like him. But she is about to get married to Lallu (Mimoh Chakraborty). Dimple gives a contract to Jogi to break her marriage to which he agrees. In order to break Dimple’s marriage, things take a turn in such a way that Jogi and Dimple’s family members are determined to tie them both in marriage. How the two of them will escape from this problem is what lies ahead in the story.

Well, if you have already seen the trailer of the film, then even before watching the complete film you’ll have a clear idea of how the story unravels. That’s what makes it the weakest link of the film; it is very much predictable from the first scene itself and doesn’t leave you with any exciting character arcs to fully realize. Moreover, we’ve already seen many movies with similar storylines where the hero falls in love with a girl from a small town with a bold and fearless character. Watching “Jogira Sara Ra Ra” it feels like a stale dish has been served. The film will end but it is difficult to understand what has been tried to tell through it.

Ghalib Asad Bhopali has written the story of the film. He has previously written interesting films like ‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’ but this time he has not been able to use his pen in the right way. On the other hand, talking about direction, Kushan Nandy too leaves the audiences disappointed. In the era of OTT where we are able to enjoy so many new and unique stories sitting at home, hardly anyone wants to waste time on the old story in the theater. Neither the story is written properly nor is it presented on the screen well enough to engage the audiences.

The film is mainly set in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow but all throughout the accent is of Kanpur. I think it’s high time Bollywood needs to do a little more research before writing the script because surely U.P. is not just Kanpur. In fact the way the family’s lifestyle, habits and everything has been presented leaves you thinking, does this type of family also live in Lucknow these days. If you’re someone from Lucknow watching the film it will surely leave you offended and I’m not even lying.

For me the only saving grace of this film is Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s performance. We have mostly seen the actor doing serious roles but whenever he has done comedy everyone has laughed heartily and same is the case with “Jogira Sara Ra Ra”. His comedy and tickling dialogues will keep you entertained in between the boring story. The actor has proved that you give him any character, he completely puts his life in it.

As the leading lady Neha Sharma has supported Nawaz very well. The pairing of Neha and Nawaz was liked by the audiences in the trailer itself and in the film too both of them are looking pretty good together. Sanjay Mishra has become proficient in the genre of comedy. Whether he gets a small role or a big one, he leaves his mark in it. Mahaakshay and Zarina Wahab have also played their characters with utmost sincerity. Overall, the cast is amazing. It’s just that the film is not good enough in terms of cinema.

If you are not picky and look for entertainment rather than story in a film, then you can give “Jogira Sara Ra Ra” a try without putting your mind to it. The film is now running in theaters near you.



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