Vara (Naveen Chandra) is an orphan, vagabond valet driver who has a massive pile-up of debt to pay. Julie (Nivetha Thomas) is the quintessential rich girl he loves to stalk. But when their relationship goes south and he ends up embroiled in a comedy of errors, how will Vara cope?
'Juliet Lover of Idiot' is a film that seems to be confused about what it wants to be - a comedy of errors involving a laptop, mafia dens and murders or an 'adorable' love story between two stalkers? Or does the film want to bank on the mother sentiment that we Indians love to fall back on when nothing else works ever since Sashi Kapoor had once said, "
Mere paas maa hai
Vara (Naveen) is a rich kid who turns poor when his parents meet with an accident, ending in fatality for one of them and memory loss for the other. He grows up and ends up borrowing money from banks, random strangers he meets and even goons. Vara's life takes an unexpected twist when he comes in possession of a laptop that both the police and a mafia don Khan (Abhimanyu Singh) are looking for. How does he get out of the situation, is what the film is all about.
Vara is a hard character to like - he stalks, is greedy for money, has a callous attitude about everything in life... in short he is an all-round unlikable. Then there's his lady love Julie (Nivetha), who somehow seems to fall in the same mould despite being brought up in different circumstances. She stalks him for two years and prettily packages it as love, preens and giggles when he stalks her, and is hurt and somehow surprised when he chooses money over love, even though no one in the audience are.
But turns out, Vara is the way he is for a reason, all for mother's love you see. Every vile action of his is justified by the end and emotionally packaged for the audience to gulp down. Except, the audience has grown smarter and gotten disconnected from such emotional tropes. There's of course no justification given for Julie's tendency to stalk except for 'love'. One hour into the film, 'Juliet Lover of Idiot' manages to justify stalking and greed for money, disrespect and make fun of the LGBTQ community and chart a narrative that is problematic at best.
The problem with 'Juliet Lover of Idiot' lies in its story itself and the draggy and confused screenplay. Naveen Chandra, Nivetha Thomas, Abhimanyu Singh and Ali are stupendous in their roles, unfortunately, their character arcs are awkward and all over the place. The film has plenty of twists and turns put in to shock and engage the audience, but none of them really seem to work. The 'mother sentiment' is something that comes out of nowhere and the comedy-of-errors that ensues aren't really funny.
Give this one a miss unless you're a hardcore Naveen or Nivetha fan and want to watch them on-screen. Despite having a stupendous cast, 'Juliet Lover of Idiot' seems to have missed the mark.