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Review: Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai

Banner: Bibia Films

Producers: Purnima Mead, Stanton Mead

Director: Keshhav Panneriy

Cast: Himansh Kohli, Manjari Fadnis, Arbaaz Khan, Prem Chopra, Ashutosh Rana

Writer: Purnima Mead

Music: Harry Anand, Onkar Minhas, Visshoo Mukherjee, Deepak Agrawal, Siddhant Madhav

Set in Rajasthan, the film follows Alia Patrick (Manjari Fadnis), who is treated with contempt by her family simply because she is a girl. Her parents rejoice when her brother is born while they continue to blatantly neglect Alia. She, however, grows up to be a preppy girl who falls in love with a fellow student, Alex (Himansh Kohli), while in college.

But her life takes a turn when she meets Kunwar Vikram Pratap Singh (Ashutosh Rana), who marries her against her will. After a forced abortionAlia decides to leave her husband and runs away. She moves to Mumbai and works for a magazine while raising a daughter as a single mother. Her path soon crosses that of Aditya Kapoor (Arbaaz Khan), a businessman with a heart of gold. How Aditya’s entry into her life affects Alia takes the story forward.

The concept is good and the movie revolves around an important subject. However on the downside, the film lacks an intriguing plotline, leaving an irksome series of events that fails to engage the audience. The story has many loopholes and there are numerous glitches in the script. The mundane plot, interspersed with uninteresting music, makes the film seem longer than it is. Often it is intolerable. The screenplay is much too predictable and vague. There are too many loose ends and the main plot is not gripping enough to impress.

Director Keshav Panneri had a good concept but he failed to introduce nuances and, instead, made it very clichéd. Several songs have been forced into the film without reason, thereby stretching the film. Editing and screenplay could have been tighter. Cinematography is average. Costumes and locations are apt. The drama isn’t convincing and over-the-top, and the emotions portrayed fail to engage the audience. Sure, there are a few moments worth watching but, alas, they are too few. The film does pick up pace in the second half but loses it after a few scenes.

Performance-wise, Manjari Fadnis does a fairly average job. Arbaaz Khan plays his part with finesse. Himansh Kohli doesn’t have much screen time except as a typical, cocky college student. Extended cameos by both Prem Chopra and Rati Agnihotri fail to salvage the film. Ashutosh Rana as the villain suits his role perfectly but his character is left hanging in the balance towards the climax. Supriya Pathak is the only saving grace and suits her role to the ‘T’. The rest of the cast supports adequately.

 

Verdict: Dud.

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