loveyatridirector – abhiraj minawalacast – aayush sharma, warina hussainscore – 0/5
In the second half of loveyatri, when you’ve seen more than 100 torturous minutes of this bland and lazy movie, its hero aayush sharma has an epiphany. “ye sab galat hai”, he tells the protagonist warina hussain and quickly lists everything that has happened in the film up to that point. for that brief moment, he is a stand-in for all of us: the audience.
the moment passes and the rest is such an empty and stupid road that calling it “meaningless entertainment”, a genre that bollywood treasures so dearly, would be a disservice. aayush plays susu, obviously the director and screenwriter of the movie must have thought that calling him susu would be so funny. Unfortunately for them, loveyatri’s audience isn’t just made up of kindergarten kids.
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Aside from her name, the only thing that sets susu apart is her lack of ambition, a quality she shares with this film. his goal is to become a garba teacher and, after a pep talk from his uncle, to fall in love. It takes him exactly 30 seconds—and levitation—to do the latter when he sees the cute NRI heroine, Manisha, who goes by the name Michelle when she’s in London. Her wingmen, aptly named Rocket and Negative, and her uncle, an evil hamming ram kapoor, hatch a rather idiotic plan to boost the romance. Over a series of dandiya numbers, which are hard to tell apart, the two fall in love with only Warina’s NRI daddy, played by Ronit Roy, only to jump into a role so clichéd that calling him a “typical Indian dad” is enough. In most cases. scenes.
The rich girl-poor boy trope in Hindi movies is as old as Hindi movies themselves; haughty parents have appeared in more movies than we can count. a story about young love is also the favorite launch pad for new talent. Rather than try something new, Loveyatri’s team of debutantes (Aayush Sharma, Warina Hussain, and director Abhiraj Minawala) turn to the familiar. whatever you see in loveyatri, you have seen before. in a well-made movie it can give you comfort, in loveyatri it gives you a headache.
The one-dimensional screenplay is well supported by cringe-worthy dialogues to make this 160-minute film a war on your senses. Here’s a sample: “Love is like a SIM card. Whether the phone is expensive or cheap, the SIM remains the same”. There is another impassioned speech by Aayush where he claims garba is the inspiration of all dance forms known to mankind; no surprise that his father – the recipient of this address – had a glassy-eyed look on his face.
From Vadodara, Gujarat, the film moves to London without any change in key or tempo. we see more grace, we see even less sense. Worried about competition from Warina’s British boyfriend, Aayush is ready to give up when he gets another chat from Ram, this time in a British pub full of football fans. He gives aayush examples of these timeless lovers: salman khan in tere naam, aamir khan in qayamat se qayamat tak, and shah rukh khan in veer zara. our lover understands what is at stake and returns to woo his wife.
Throughout this ebb and flow of his love story, Aayush has the same surprised expression on his face – like he cannot believe that Salman Khan decided to bankroll the film – and Warina matches him expression-for-expression. At the end of Loveyatri, you hate nepotism as much as Kangana Ranaut. Loveyatri is a 140-minute long reason why it needs to be rooted out from the film industry.
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