Sometimes the first look of a film makes you go crazy and that exactly happened with me after watching the trailer of Navaniat Singh’s Jindua. It was undoubtedly an eye-feasting experience for me watching the splendid locations and gorgeously styled and extremely good looking actors! Furthermore, the amazing dialogues seemed to be a perfect icing on the cake! But did this movie actually live upto our expectations? To find that out, we went to watch Jindua’s first day first show today in Jalandhar, and here’s what we think.
Our handsome Punjabi lad ‘Karma’ (Jimmy Sheirgill) has gone abroad to build a better future for himself and in this journey, he meets the bubbly and very pretty Saggi (Sargun Mehta), who is a student there. Some destiny’s twists also bring ‘Ish’ (Neeru Bajwa) into Karma’s life and if you’re wondering why and how, and which of the two lovely ladies, ultimately gets Karma’s love – for that, you have to go and watch the movie.
But from our vantage point, we see this film as quite a disappointment precisely because of the HUGE expectations that we had from the immaculately carved out trailer of JINDUA. Though Sargun’s honest performance will definitely win your hearts, who leaves no stone unturned to justify her character, it is the half-hearted performance by Jimmy that disappoints us immensely. Neeru Bajwa fits in her role perfectly, which was almost tailor-made for her, but Jimmy Sheirgill, who impressed us with his brilliant performance in Shareek last to last year, seems a bit out of character in this one. The problem is that he is carrying that same poker face everywhere in this flick – whether he is happy or sad – he has got only one expression! As far as the supporting cast is concerned, Comedian Rajiv thakur has done a fairly good job.
Another problem with JINDUA is that though it comes from the hands of Navaniat Singh (a Punjabi director known for his technical prowess), it suffers badly in this department too. Throughout the film, there’s a problem with sound. One of the crucial dialogues, wherein Sargun expresses her love for Jimmy has been given an Echo effect which totally dissolves the feeling and is not clearly audible either. The songs and the background music aren’t in sync, and sometimes, all of a sudden, the background score ends up shaking you as if you’re watching a horror film. The main scene in which Jimmy talks to the dog is having visible editing flaws. The fact that the film has been directed by Navaniat Singh who has given us a superb film like Shareek recently, comes as a bit of surprise and really breaks our hearts.
Also, the film seems stretched out most of the time and loses its charm in the middle. The climax is predictable like anything. Frankly speaking, there’s nothing new in this ‘love-triangle’! Redeeming factor? Yes – Good looking actors, chic locations and of course, the title song!
To sum up, Jindua hasn’t lived upto to our expectations. If it does to yours, do let us know.
About the Author: Bhavneet Kaushal is a renowned Radio/TV jounalist, currently working as the Programming Head in reputed FM station in Jalandhar.