Movie Name: Jayeshbhai Jordaar
Directed by: Divyang Thakkar
Starring: Ranveer Singh, Shalini Pandey, Boman Irani, Ratna Pathak Shah, Jia Vaidya, Samay Raj Thakkar
Genre: Comedy, Family, Drama
Release Date: 13 May, 2022
Running Time: 121 Minutes
A timid man must muster courage as he is in the fight of his life to protect his pregnant wife & daughter.
Jayeshbhai Jordaar is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language comedy-drama film written and directed by Divyang Thakkar, and produced by Aditya Chopra and Maneesh Sharma under Yash Raj Films. The film stars Ranveer Singh in the titular role as the son of a traditional Gujarati sarpanch, who believes in equal rights between males and females in society. It also stars Shalini Pandey while Boman Irani and Ratna Pathak Shah play supporting roles.
The film was officially announced in May 2019; after the pre-production ended, shooting commenced in Mumbai on 4 December 2019. The second schedule took place in Gujarat from January 2020 and the film wrapped up on 7 February 2020.
Jayeshbhai Jordaar was earlier announced to release in theaters on 2 October 2020 and later 27 August 2021, but the COVID-19 pandemic in India led to its postponement by the makers who waited for the pandemic to subside rather than releasing it on OTT platforms. The film is scheduled to be released theatrically on 13 May 2022.
The film was announced on 27 May 2019, to be directed by Divyang Thakkar, produced by Yash Raj Films, and starring Ranveer Singh as the titular Gujarati man. Singh’s first look was released on 4 December 2019 to announce that filming had started in Mumbai. Boman Irani and Ratna Pathak were cast as Singh’s parents while South actress Shalini Pandey was paired opposite him. The Gujarat filming portion commenced in January 2020 and filming wrapped up on 7 February 2020.
It was initially scheduled to hit theatrical screens on 2 October 2020 coinciding with Gandhi Jayanti, and then on 27 August 2021 and 25 February 2022, but the COVID-19 pandemic led its postponement. The film is scheduled to be released theatrically on 13 May 2022.
The film music is composed by Vishal–Shekhar. Written by Kumaar, Jaideep Shani and Vayu.
Jayeshbhai Jordaar: Movie Trailer
Despite Ranveer Singh’s powerful act, Jayeshbhai Jordaar fails to impress as a cinematic outing
Upholding the cause of the girl child, Jayeshbhai Jordaar certainly has its heart in the right place. Sadly, the rest of the film is all over the place. The first few minutes take us into a sex-determination centre. The fact that PCPNDT (Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques) Act prohibiting gender testing came into being way back in 1994 and given more teeth in 2003 is explained through a rider, which reiterates a couple of times how the test is illegal.
Rest of the narrative needs no explanation…It’s all about the right of a girl child to be born, told through first person account of Jayeshbhai Patel. We have Ranveer Singh as Jayesbhai living in a village in Gujarat, which seems to be caught in a time warp. Placing the story in a state from where comes our Prime Minister who has given us Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao slogan, we don’t know whether it is a brave choice, an underlying dig or simply foolhardy.
Of course, the affix Jordaar is a misnomer of sorts justifying neither the film nor its titular character. For here, Jayeshbhai is a timid husband and father who despite his belief in the right values just can’t speak up before his patronising father (Boman Irani), steeped in patriarchal values. Predictably, apart from enacting ‘wife beating’, he goes all out to ensure that his to-be-born second daughter does not meet the same fate as unborn six.
Hereafter what happens, him on the run with his pregnant wife (Shalini Pandey as Mudra Patel is the demure biwi) and nine- year-old daughter…is mostly farcical. Apart from the masquerade he puts up to fool his father, more antics are in order. We are introduced to a village in Haryana, the state once notorious for dwindling sex ratio.
So abysmal things were that men were left with no choice but to remain single or buy brides. Why the village named Ladhopur is the safest place for women beats us and the manner in which it is roped-in the storyline is as baffling as contrived.
The power of one to change the world could have led to a jordaar film. And with gifted actor Ranveer Singh, who never fails to impress, headlining the film, the impact ought to have been doubly more powerful. Like always, he is in total control of his act and the director resists the temptation of milking his superstar status. He remains in character in both demeanor and expression. Even though he is egged by his nine-year-old daughter Nisha (Jia Vaidya) to turn an action hero, he prefers to drive home the power of pappi, ahem a kiss (love), to change the world. But the final wrap up is far too convenient for any soul-searching moment.
A couple of scenes with his mother in the second half of the film have an emotive connect. Since the mother’s part is played by the versatile Ratna Pathak Shah, the change of heart is on the expected lines. Will the film change perceptions in a country fixated with male heir, well, we all have seen refreshing winds blowing even in ruralscapes. Not to say such regressive attitudes do not exist anymore or that illegal testing is still not rampant.
Yet the writing by the Divyang Thakkar, who has also directed the film, could have been more in sync with changing dynamics. The way it pans out, social messaging is too overt to touch a chord. And attempts to rake in humour, even in the scene where a battered wife slaps her unconscious husband, is far from rib-tickling.
If message alone maketh film viewing worth your time, go for it. Ranveer does make up for much that is lost in writing. But never mind his livewire act or dance to the tune of song Firecracker (music by Vishal-Shekhar) in the concluding titles, even he can’t make it a firecracker of a film.
Jayeshbhai Jordaar: Movie Songs
Song Title: Firecracker
Lyrics: Kumaar, Vayu
Music Composer: Vishal–Shekhar
Singer(s): Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani