Movie Review of JayeshBhaiJordar:Ranveer Singh is the lifeblood of this good-hearted story.

Just before Jayeshbhai introduces us to his family, he makes a rather silly analogy between scientists wanting to know about Mars and his parents wanting to know about his child’s gender. What do a planet and a woman’s womb have in common? They both have a round (gol) shape. A little Gujjuhumour to set the tone and expectations. Director DivyangThakkar states in the first scene that “pre-natal sex determination testing is a punishable offence.” And JayeshbhaiJordaar’s entire premise revolves around this.
In the titular role, Ranveer Singh has a lot to accomplish: abolish female foeticide; end patriarchy; empower women; save his unborn daughter’s life; and rebel against his family.
One thing I couldn’t figure out until the end was why the film was set in Gujarat. Why not a town in Rajasthan or Uttar Pradesh, where such practises are commonplace? Was it the Gujarati flavour, as well as giving Ranveer a rather amusing makeover and character, that the director thought would appeal to the audience? Is Jayeshbhai just a vehicle for Ranveer to test his acting abilities? Let me tell you, even in this otherwise “restrained” role, he goes over-the-top more frequently than you’d think.
The Patel family (Ranveer Singh) and his wife Mudra Patel (ShaliniPandey) are under extreme pressure from their parents, played by BomanIrani as the traditional Gujarati sarpanch and RatnaPathak Shah, to have a son — they already have a 9-year-old daughter, Siddhi (JiaVaidya). When Jayeshbhai learns that Mudra is pregnant with a girl child after six miscarriages, he devises a cunning plan to flee. The majority of the film is a cat-and-mouse game between the couple and the men in their village. There are some lame twists that are mostly predictable, some funny scenes, a few jokes that fall flat, and a lot of dramatic dialogue that doesn’t help the film.
JayeshbhaiJordaar intends to send out a strong message of ‘betibachao’ (save the girl child), but this is nothing new. The TV show Na Aana Is Des Laado aired for over three years and made quite an impression without resorting to unnecessary humour. There’s a parallel subplot in JayeshbhaiJordaar about a town in Haryana called Laadopur, full of wrestlers led by PuneetIssar, where the arrival of a girl child is celebrated and rejoiced. They play an important role in the plot of the film and immediately reminded me of this TV show.
Director DivyangThakkar, who also wrote the story, loses track of what he wants to achieve with the film. He mingles a lot of different things, and after a while, they start to look like a clumsy mashup that can’t stay focused. In terms of story and screenplay, the first half of the film is extremely lax. Only in the second half does the film pick up and you wonder, “Okay, what’s next?” NamrataRao deserves some credit for the crisp editing and completing it in a manageable two-hour runtime.
Ranveer Singh is full of energy yet again, though I was expecting a more understated performance in this one given the subject matter. That balance of being funny, emotional, and mature works for me. Watching him dance in the end credits to the song Firecracker was a treat, regardless of how ridiculous he looked doing those steps that reminded you of Jethalal from Tarak Mehta KaOoltaChasma. ShaliniPandey, who played a demure and timid lover in Arjun Reddy (later remade in Hindi as Kabir Singh), is impressive in parts.
Unfortunately, her character arc never progresses beyond a certain point. She has limited opportunities to perform, and you’d like to see a lot more of her, but that never happens. Here, Boman and Ratna both play their parts brilliantly, and this is where experience comes into play. In the midst of all of this, Jai Vaidya, the onscreen daughter of Ranveer and Shalini, steals the show. In the film, she is fantastic—her wit, confidence, spontaneity, expressions, everything is spot on.
Overall, I’ll give JayeshbhaiJordaar three stars because it’s a good movie, but does it stick with you and leave you thinking? I doubt. At the very least, I won’t be thinking about it after I finish this review.

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