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Times of India
The road trip drama unfolds the lives of two women, who have nothing in common except for their name (Jia). They also won't tell the other what exactly they are going through in life.
Most road trip movies make you feel bad about your boring and ordinary existence. They are ugly reminders of what you've been missing all this while and how life passes you by while you are busy paying bills and compromising on your likes, dislikes, even self esteem to be able to make a living.
Jia Aur Jia, a female road trip movie, sadly has a reverse effect on you. It so random and badly made that no matter how mundane and unadventurous your life may be, you will still feel good about it.
Much to your surprise, a film that intends to break stereotypes, reinstates them. An overtly happy person must have a tragic future, the sad person must survive and two girls on an unplanned vacation must sing, 'Girls just wanna have fun'.
You don't connect with either of the characters or their supposed bonding. If the friendship wasn't bizarre enough, there's a brief love story that's weirder. A random drunk dude in Sweden of mixed heritage (Arslan) bumps into these women and makes one of them go weak in the knees by spouting gems like, "Main ameer hoon, main kuch nahi karta."
Even terminal illness comes across as a joke eventually and that's when you give up decoding this film, which hopes to teach you how to live. While Kalki still manages to evoke emotions, Richa seems shockingly out of place.
Nonetheless, it's not about the actors, this one lacks humour, heart and a story. Watch Kangana and Lisa Haydon in Queen instead.