Overall, it's a slice of life film that is conceived, conceptualized and executed in a realistic manner. Despite running high on emotions, it is heart-warming and uplifting at the same time.
So what exactly is love? Does love exists? Is it about a choice you make in life? Is it about commitment? Or is it a continuous process of unconditional giving? Jodi Love Dile Na Praane highlights several aspects of love, presented by its various characters. And with almost the entire cast introduced in the first half, you may take a while to figure out their associations.
Paromita (Ananya Chatterjee) simply can't forget about her affair with Anish (Abir Chatterjee), who she loved with all her heart. She is stuck in her past even after being married to a loving and caring husband, Salil Sengupta (Kaushik Sen). Salil, after realizing the fact that Paromita doesn't love him, prefers to mask his true feelings. Instead he showers his love on their daughter Aaheli, (Tridha Choudhury).
We see Anish, married and settled, with a wife and a kid. Now a playwright and a novelist by his own right, he works in a newspaper. He is aware of his responsibilities and knows about the adjustments one has to make in day-to-day life. He has to look after his mother and live with others in a joint family. Mainak (Arjun Chakraborty) is his cousin, who is assisting a prominent filmmaker, Rana Majumdar (Sujan Mukherjee). It is Mainak's chance meeting with Paromita again after years that sets the ball rolling.
As for performances, Abir looks comfortable — both as the young and daanpite Anish as well as in his mature avatar, sporting glasses and salt-and-pepper hair. As for acting, he is good in emotional scenes but could have done lot better otherwise. Same holds true for Ananya. She appears graceful in crisp cotton saris, silver jewellery and bindi but the pathos and poignancy of her situation fail to move you.
Arjun — all with his spectacles, stubble and body language — is a natural as an aspiring filmmaker, who is sensitive, smart and devoted to his profession. Tridha, as Arjun's love interest Aaheli — a girl who comes down to Calcutta searching for her roots — shows promise. Together, Arjun and Tridha share a nice chemistry on screen. Kaushik Ganguly seems to enjoy his character as the sentimental and funny producer, Rahul Bose. Ditto for Sujan Mukherjee. Kaushik Sen does a decent job of an observer — someone, who has accepted life as it is and would rather keep his comments to himself.
The best and the worst part about the film is its narrative. From the very beginning the audience can guess what's going to happen next. However, credit must be given to the directors for still managing to take the story forward — that too, with conviction. There's nothing extraordinary in the film's making either. It comes across that the director duo has deliberately tried to keep it simple. Handling of the camera is formulaic. The use of sepia tone to reflect the past is hardly out-of-the box.
However, Jodi Love Dile Na Praane has its share of humour that stems from its dialogues. The film can also boast of certain moments that leave a lasting impression. For example, Aaheli's confusion regarding her identity, her questions to Mainak about their budding relationship, have been well-handled. Again, when Anish tries to avoid talking to Paromita, the audience can relate to his dilemma. Overall, it's a slice of life film that is conceived, conceptualized and executed in a realistic manner. Despite running high on emotions, it is heart-warming and uplifting at the same time.