TopYaps Rating: 2/5
Perhaps one of the highly promoted films of recent times, LoveYatri hits theatres today. I had zero expectations from the film when I entered the multiplex to watch it. Interestingly, it turns out to be exactly what I had thought – a colorfully boring affair which has no soul of its own. Here’s my review for the Salman Khan presented movie.
Aakhir majra kya hai?
Sushrut (Aayush Sharma) is an aimless young boy who desperately wants to fall in love. Wait, he also has one more mission in life – opening a Garba academy in his town, Baroda. On the first night of Navaratri, he sees Michelle (Warina Hussain) in a Garba pandal and his heart bells ring loud.
London based Michelle is in the town to be with her extended family during the festivities. Both keep meeting each other during the course of the nine-day-long Navaratri festival and, as expected, fall in love. But where is the resistance? Wait, Wait, Wait. It’s definitely there.
Resistance comes from Michelle’s rich father (Rohit Roy) who brainwashes Sushrut against his daughter, leading the poor guy to break up with the girl he loves. How the two lovebirds reunite is what you see further in the flick. And, certainly, you don’t need to see the ending to predict the climax.
Does it really deserve your watch?
I am not going to beat around the bush and will call a spade a spade. LoveYatri is one of the worst romantic films I have seen of late. It does have romance, but it’s so superficial and insignificant that you hate it for even being there.
Dialogues seem lifted from some WhatsApp group and screenplay is almost negligible. The lead cast keeps the same expression throughout the film and that’s so irritating and unbearable.
Interestingly, despite being nowhere in the movie, Salman Khan is everywhere. It’s kind of a film Khan used to do in abundance before super-stardom came knocking at his doors and he brought some variety and versatility in his craft.
It looks like director Abhiraj wanted to rope in Khan, but then he thought it would be really difficult to manage him, so he ended up casting Aayush, obviously on the behest of Khan. As we all have seen that more than Aayush, Salman Khan has promoted the film. Right from the trailer launch event to various musical events, Khan has been at the center stage everywhere. Had he been there physically in LoveYatri, it would have been a little bearable film.
Talking about performances, debutant Aayush Sharma leaves no stone unturned in copying his superstar brother-in-law. Just like in real life, he seems to have made no efforts to come out of the shadow of Khan. The only thing that he can really impress you with is his dance.
Warina Hussain, also a debutante, does her job well. Her only job was to look pretty, keep a broad beautiful smile on face and shed some tears here and there, and she succeeds in doing that. So, let’s not waste our time talking about her acting chops. The supporting cast is even worst. Actors like Ram Kapoor and Ronit Roy are wasted royally in the film.
The only thing I liked in LoveYatri is its vibrant canvas. The film has been shot beautiful in Baroda and London. The feel of Navratri nights comes alive on the screen. Music is also one of the main highlights of the movie.
Tell me one thing: why do we watch films? To get entertained, right? If you also watch movies to get entertained, try to save yourself from the horrors of LoveYatri. Revolving around a done to death subject, the film is a yawn fest that you should strictly keep yourself away from.
Banner: Salman Khan Films
Director: Abhiraj Minawala
Cast: Aayush Sharma, Warina Hussain
Music Director: Tanishk Bagchi
Duration: 139 Minutes