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Jo Dooba So Paar – It’s Love in Bihar – Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on October 14, 2011 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Anand Entertainment and Andaz Productions
DIRECTOR – Praveen Kumar
WRITER – Praveen Kumar
CAST – Anand Tiwari, Sita Ragione Spada, Vinay Pathak, Rajat Kapoor, Sadia Siddiqui, Brijendra Kala, Pitobash Tripathi.
MUSIC – Manish J. Tipu

Stories that revolve around small-town, little known places and small, simple dreams always make for cinematic moments and experiences worth telling. However, Jo Dooba So Paar squanders every such opportunity it ever may have had.

It is with a slow and rather sludgy screenplay that the film tells its story. Its hero Kishu (Anand Tiwari) is a dreamer. His father works for smugglers. Kishu a small-town, no-gooder Bihari boy is in love with a white-skinned foreigner Sapna (Sita Ragione Spada), and does everything to woo her. She seems to be encouraging him too and at that point only her strict upper-caste Indian uncle seems to be the obstacle. But life has a few more obstacles to throw at Kishu before it can be breezy for them. A few skirmishes with crime and a full-blown kidnapping comes Kishu’s way and he has to live up to the challenges in front of him.

It’s a small-town film that revolves around romance but unfortunately romanticizes neither its setting or people. Unfortunately because the insistence on realism takes away the charm of feel-goodness and the essence of small-town ethos. The music too surprisingly doesn’t match up to rustic tunes further alienating the experience that could have been.

The film tries to be ambitious yet rooted and fails at both. A rather underdone script kills potential drama and a tedious pace disengages attention. Anand Tiwari as Kishu, puts up a convincing performance as a dreamy, small-town guy with his heart on his sleeve and oozing confidence but lacks a definitive screen presence that can make a film like this appeal. Sita Ragione Spada has a winning smile and never fails to use it to good effect. Rajat Kapoor and Vinay Pathak, two dependable actors of small budgeted cinema display their talent but to little effect. Such is the film’s canvas and such are its limits.

Small-town films are always interesting, what with the variety of stories close to our roots that can be told. Unfortunately, this one is not that. A lack of production values, a lack of narrative style and a muddy pace does neither the film nor its audience any good.


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