Right now, Bollywood needs a jordaar hit. South cinema has effectively decimated an industry that has gloated for years about both masala and ground-breaking films. South has invaded, dragged the west to its knees, and demonstrated that content and masala can coexist in less than a year. So, what exactly does Bollywood entail? Should you respond with something more powerful or strive to catch up?
Let's just say right off the bat that this isn't a Rohit Shetty film, who we know can control Ranveer's craziness. However, debutante director Divyang Thakkar is more aware of this than you may imagine. As a result, he doesn't even attempt it. He lets Ranveer Singh be himself, much like the androgynous style he's been wearing recently. It was both a necessary and a risk for Divyang to have Ranveer in every shot of the picture. But congratulations to the actor who has come so far in the previous decade. And points to the filmmaker for making sense of Ranveer's anarchy.
Jayeshbhai Jordaar's trailer offered us a good indication of what to expect. The film follows Jayesh, a shy father of a 9-year-old girl and Kinjal's spouse (Shalini Pandey). Kinjal's entire life goal is to offer a waris. A boy. Because Pehli galti is maaf, both parents were permitted to keep their firstborn child. The following five pregnancies were labelled as "miscarriages." You catch my drift. With a sixth kid on the way, Jayesh, a softy, chooses to be the action hero his daughter wants and needs, rather than a hero.
He is not Yash. He despises violence, but violence despises him. Of course, with a dash of Ranveer's eccentricity. When his father and other panchayat chiefs try to catch them and kill their unborn daughter, his biggest danger is'main kaat dunga, apna.' This historic conversation makes you unsure whether to laugh, cheer, or cry. The society's concern with collectively regulating a sex may only arise from a profound worry that if they give in, they would be shown incorrect all along. Divyang deserves a pat on the back for this.
However, not everything in Jayeshbhai Jordaar is as tantalising as tapte tawe pe paani ke chheete jaisa. A few sections are preachy. If Sanjay Dutt brought us jaadoo ki jhappi, Jayeshbhai brings us jaddoo ki pappi. Apart from that, the film's creation of a potentially apocalyptic society is excellent. It takes place in Gujarat, but it might just as easily be set in Maharashtra or Uttar Pradesh.
Jayeshbhai eventually becomes an action hero. Prithviraj-like, riding his horse to provide his unborn daughter a better life, or maybe a life at all. But that's not the end of the story.
Ranveer Singh is a one-of-a-kind talent. The more we see him over time, the more we realise how much he's changed. Boman Irani's poisonous masculinity contrasts with his pulpy soft man-ness, which the actor easily puts to life. You despise him, and that is his accomplishment.
Ratna Pathak Shah, who plays Jayesh's mother, is both strong and weak. Puneeth Isaar, the heavily built textbook guy who swears off violence, bends his tall form to say "sorry" in an accent, and closes his sentences with "pleej," is the loveliest takeaway.