'Jigariyaa' stands out in the clutter of over smart, over-hyped movies simply because of its simplicity
Dir: Raj Purohit
Cast: Harshvardhan Deo, Cherry Mardia
Jigariyaa stands out in the clutter of over smart, over hyped movies simply because of its, well, simplicity. Call it old fashioned if you like, but this film manages to touch a chord because of its realistic style of storytelling and the obvious sincerity with which it is made. Jigariyaa also stands out because it doesn’t seem to be made to compete with the other releases of the week, but simply because the filmmaker (Raj Purohit) wanted to tell a love story.
Inspired from real life events, Jigariyaa is an innocent (or a tad naïve by today’s standards) love story between Shamlal Gupta (Harshvardhan Deo), the son of a local ‘halwai’ and Radhika Sharma (Cherry Mardia), the daughter of a wealthy, influential family. There is nothing really novel about this ages old rich girl-meets-poor boy story — boy sees girl, falls madly in love, woos her, she resists but gets wooed after reading his poems and then the girl’s parents put up a stiff opposition. But even then Jigariyaa makes a delightful 120-minute-plus viewing as you go feel the trauma and turmoil that the young couple in love goes through.