– REEMA CHHABDA
Bittu Shukla (debutant Bhupendra Jadawat), a simpleton from a small town and aspiring cricketer, has had a huge crush on Sapna from childhood (debutante Gayatri Bhardwaj). When Bittu discovers his true-wishes, love’s he goes to tremendous lengths to fulfil them.
The best element of this movie is that it is full of laughter, and there are numerous instances in the dialogues and situations where the viewer is left giggling. If we ignore the last twenty minutes, during which the hero and heroine experience some unusual emotional experiences, the rest of the scenes are set up to make the spectator swoon.
The film’s appeal comes from its simplicity in conveying the emotion of first love in Chunar, a small village near Varanasi. ‘Ittu Si Baat,’ directed by Adnan Ali, who also wrote the screenplay, is a charming and sentimental love story that will warm your heart. This small-town slice-of-life movie is approachable because to Kamal Shukla’s screenplay, which is a blend of romance, drama, and humour. The pace is leisurely until Vicky Sharma (Priyansh Jora) enters the picture and turns this one-sided love story into a love triangle.
Bhupendra Jadawat excels in moments when he plays cricket, but falls short in depicting his character’s emotional vulnerabilities, performed a good job as lover boy Bittu. Garima, who makes her acting debut as the girl next door, is promising and well-cast. Priyansh Jora does an excellent job at portraying his character.
Vishal Mishra’s songs are soulful, particularly ‘Gulabi’ and ‘Darbadar,’ which are hummable. Varanasi’s environment gives the story a rustic flavour and reality.
Regardless of the fact that the scenario of ‘Ittu si Baat’ is obvious at times, the audience will enjoy this old-school love story.