Out Of Theatre

Junooniyat

Out Of Theatre
24 Jun, 2016 2 hrs 15 mins U
Yami Gautam, Pulkit Samrat, Gulshan Devaiah, Hrishitaa Bhatt, Herry Tangri
Yami Gautam, Pulkit Samrat, Gulshan Devaiah, Hrishitaa Bhatt, Herry Tangri
Vivek Agnihotri
Synopsis
The only thing you take back from this film are the breath-taking visuals of the snow-capped Kashmir mountains captured in their entirety. For the rest, this one draws a huge blank.
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Story: Indian army captain Jahan Bakshi (Pulkit) who rescues a damsel in distress, Suhani Kapoor (Yami) swimming in a restricted area in Sonmarg, falls in love with her after the initial playing hard-to-get facade. But is their path strewn with roses?

Review: He's a reserved Army Captain, who plays scrabble and writes poems. She's a spitfire civilian, who is a swimming champ from Amritsar. Their paths keep crossing because she keeps trespassing. And therein lies the problem with this film. It is a sequence of amateur, half-baked plot points and situations that tries to bring alive the romance of the '70s. But it falls flat because it lacks conviction. Though there are attempts to include Facebook references to give it a contemporary feel, the characters in this film belong to an outdated era.

To cut the long story short, the Kapoors, who have lost three family members in war, do not want their daughter, Suhani, to end up as a widow. So they make it clear, Jahan can only marry her if he chooses a civilian life. Jahan, on the other hand, makes it clear that he has given his heart to her, but his life is dedicated to the army. The soldier, who is not shown fighting a single war through the film, is only serenading the girl in Srinagar and Shimla. They sing songs celebrating Christmas and Holi with equal fervour. But when she asks him to choose between her and the army, he chooses the latter. And more blah situations follow.

But the time you shift most restlessly in your seat is when Suhani agrees to marry a Punjabi munda from Canada. And, the filmmakers borrow from the 90s evergreen Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (DDLJ) climax. Seriously, it's been 13 years since that one. And, it's high time filmmakers bury the DDLJ ghost and moved on.

In all fairness, Pulkit and Yami breathe life into their characters. We wish they were not saddled with such a lacklustre script. The only thing you take back from this film are the breath-taking visuals of the snow-capped Kashmir mountains captured in their entirety. For the rest, this one draws a huge blank.
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Avg Users’ Rating 2.4/5 ( 135 users )
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Kuldeep Mourya
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Anju Goyal
Indian army captain Jahan Bakshi (Pulkit) who rescues a damsel in distress, Suhani Kapoor (Yami) swimming in a restricted area in Sonmarg, falls in love with her after the initial playing hard-to-get facade. But is their path strewn with roses?
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Deepak Desai
Above average
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