Distribution: Aayush Sharma, Warina Hussain
Director: Abhiraj Minwala
Rating: 3 Moons
Navratri is notorious for the number of one night stands that usually occur during the popular nine day festival. But couples are also known to fall in love and find life partners as they dance the Garba feverishly and whirl their chopsticks to the rhythm of Dandiya Raas. There is no fear that the former will occur in LoveYatri These are young people who spend time in Vadodara and have fun alone and unattended during Navratri. This is a production of Salman Khan. And the benevolent bhai, who uses this musical to launch the career of his brother-in-law, Aayush Sharma, does not believe that sex and skin are sold in Bollywood.
And so you have Sushrut (Aayush), named tease Susu by all, who is a lovely duffer at school but a devil dandiya once the festival starts and the music provided by her mom (Ram Kapoor in a strong singer role -sari de Navratri) starts to play. Susu's ambition is to create a Garba Academy. But his parents will not have it. However, in her sympathetic and prophetic mother, Susu has a strong supporter. He also has Nukkad Nagendra, aka Negative (Prateek Gandhi) and Rakesh, aka Rocket (Sajeel Parekh), who plays the devil's advocate and confidant in his love affair.
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Enter Michelle aka Manisha (Warina Hussain), a London-based economics journalist, ballet dancer and social worker known for feeding the poor, who aspires to return to Vadodara, where her late mother's dream of creating an NGO for women is not yet realized. That's because his father (Ronit Roy, ruthless) was busy pursuing his dream of owning a chain of laundries in London. The father and daughter are encouraged to come to Vadodara by his brother's family and that's when Garba's music begins to play.
Susu sees Michelle dancing the Garba dreamily and it's love at first sight for him. Later, it happens, she too fell in love with him and played with her trompe-lâ € ™ plan (inspired by Mama, powered by Negative and Rocket) to court her by pretending to be hurt by its whirlwind dandiya. Manisha's father has more magnanimous plans for her and takes Susu to the top of a giant wheel of Navratri Mela to explain the difference between being socially rich and brilliant academically. "She's here and you're here," he says, pointing to the floor. He also tells Susu that Michelle has a boyfriend in London.
A year later, Susu decides to follow Michelle to London. And taking it, there is Mama who is invited to perform with her garba troop in a Utsav Navratri in Queen's City. The rest is easy to guess. But that's good, because if the first half of the film had the architectural splendor of the old town of Vadodara with its winding streets, its pierced shops and serene temples, and after the interval, you have London. Old world and charm, but also the new breathtaking city known worldwide for its arts, finance, fashion and entertainment.
Niren Bhatt's screenplay is not new (a desi boy, a girl from NRI) and the plot is simple enough to predict. Beginning director Abhiraj Minawala has presented the medium of Vadodara and the cultural nuances of Gujarat as part of his film. But it's the characters that steal the show. Especially Ram Kapoor and Ronit Roy who easily bring their TV experience to the big screen. Aayush is young, fresh and serious.
Like the friendly neighborhood Tapori with extraordinary dance skills who loves his wild manners and crazy dreams. Warina is beautiful. They come at a time when Bollywood is exhausting its permutations and combinations with new Jodis At the box office. But Aayush and Warina are nothing like the great lovers of fiction immortalized by movies. These are familiar faces. You know that you have already met them. What is working big for LoveYatri are his songs. All chartbusters likely to make the playlist of each garba feast planned for the next Navratri. They urge you to put yourself in your festive attire and to turn your dandiyas for garba the music.