– Reema Chhabda
Jayeshbhai Patel (Ranveer Singh) and his wife Mudra Patel (Shalini Pandey) are under severe pressure from his parents, represented by Boman Irani as the traditional Gujarati sarpanch and Ratna Pathak Shah, to conceive a son – they already have a 9-year-old daughter Siddhi (Jia Vaidya). When Jayeshbhai learns that Mudra is pregnant with a girl child after six miscarriages, he devises a cunning plot to flee. The majority of the film is a cat-and-mouse game between the couple and the males in their community. There are some dumb twists that are generally predictable, some funny situations, a few jokes that fall flat, and a lot of theatrical dialogue that doesn’t help the film.
Divyang Thakkar’s story is timely, combining amusement and a social message. The screenplay by Divyang with additional writing by Anckur Chaudhry is highly entertaining. He tackles a sensitive subject while interspersing hilarious, and emotional moments. As a result, it is never heavy or niche. But at the same time, the writing is inconsistent; the effect varies from scene to scene.
Divyang, the film’s writer-director, manages to express a social message in a lighthearted manner. The implementation is clean and effective. On the other hand, the humor level drops in the second half. The ‘pappi’ notion is well-intended, yet it appears forced. The conservative audience, in particular, may not fully accept it. Finally, because of the Gujarat setting, the film’s collections may be limited to some important territories.
The cinematography by Siddharth Diwan is apt. The production design by Mayur Sharma is realistic. The outfits worn by Manoshi Nath and Rushi Sharma are true to life. The action of Oh Sea Young, Sunil Rodrigues, and Riyaz-Habib is delicate. Namrata Rao’s editing is fantastic.
When it comes to performances, Ranveer Singh is on fire. The actor has previously given some remarkable performances, and this time he manages to bring something unique to the table. His demeanor, body language, and accent all contribute to the success of his performance. Viewers will adore this bold, sympathetic, and astute heroic character.
Shalini Pandey makes a strong debut in Bollywood. She underplays her role as required, however, she is overwhelmed by the other performers in a few instances. Boman Irani plays his part flawlessly. Ratna Pathak Shah is underutilized in the early half but shines near the conclusion. Jia Vaidya as Sidhi (Ranveer-Shalini’s daughter) is mind-blowing.
Puneet Issar is adorable and gives an excellent performance. Deeksha Joshi (Preeti, Jayeshbhai’s sister) does an amazing job.
Vishal-Shekhar’s music is terrible, and it is one of the film’s major flaws. The only track that sticks out is ‘Firecracker. ‘Jordaar’ works in the film but will not last. The background score by Sanchit Balhara and Ankit Balhara is quirky and fits the film’s premise.
Ranveer Singh-Shalini Pandey starrer has its fair share of performances and the proper message. However, the writing is inconsistent.