Jia Aur Jia movie review: Despite Kalki Koechlin, this is utter bore bordering on torture

Updated on Oct 27, 2017 05:02 PM IST
Jia Aur Jia movie review: A flat and boring film about girl bonding, the Kalki Koechlin, Richa Chaddha film evokes no emotion other than frustration of having to bear it for 90 minutes.
Jia Aur Jia movie review: Kalki and Richa in a still from the film.
Jia Aur Jia movie review: Kalki and Richa in a still from the film.
Hindustan Times | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

Jia Aur Jia
Director: Howard Rosemeyer
Cast: Kalki Koechlin, Richa Chaddha, Zarina Wahab
Rating: 0.5/5

The worst thing about the unbelievably juvenile Jia Aur Jia is that it beams out, repeatedly, an inaccurate and potentially damaging message about liver donation. For the record, no one has to die to be a donor.

On to the rest of this movie, Jia Aur Jia is fashioned as part tear-jerker, part ‘girl-bonding’ film.

Touted as the first Hindi movie about women on a road trip, and packed with talent in the form of Kalki Koechlin and Richa Chaddha, this could have been an empowering film.

Instead, the loopholes, a lack of plot and the sheer silliness of it leave you with only one feeling — frustration. Two characters, poles apart, decide to travel together. They are both named Jia.

One Jia is effusive, high on life; the other is tragic, morose, long-faced. They both have secrets, but 15 minutes in and you no longer care what these might be.

Most of the blame must be laid at the feet of choreographer and actor Howard Rosemeyer, who is directing for the first time.

His directorial debut renders the worst Chaddha performance to date. She is loud and unconvincing. Kalki is the only good thing about the film but even she cannot make its nonsensical plot and cringe-worthiness bearable.

Written by Mudassar Aziz, Jia Aur Jia tries hard to evoke nostalgia. Kalki decides to call Richa by her surname, Venkat (a la Vijay aka Lisa Haydon from Queen). Rajesh Khanna’s classic Anand is also invoked time and again but none of its charm manages to seep into this dreary drama.

The film remains an utter bore, bordering on torture.

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    Sweta Kaushal has 13 years of experience covering Bollywood and regional movies, TV shows, national current affairs and social issues.

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