Comedy is a difficult emotion to depict on celluloid. Makers like Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee managed to depict the emotion with such ease. Concept Productions Ltd.'s JODI KYA BANAI WAH WAH RAMJI follows the same path, but it does have its share of shortcomings.
Ram Prasad [Paresh Rawal], a novelist famous for his suspense thrillers, is forced to write a love story, as chills and thrills are 'out' and mushy stories are 'in'. With no experience of either love or love stories, he begins to look for a couple on whom he can base his love story.
In his endeavour, he stumbles upon Vishal [Amar Upadhyay] and Priyanka [Reema Sen] in his neighbourhood. Their parents are the best of friends as well as partners in business and now want to get them married to further affirm family ties.
Vishal and Priyanka strike a deal with Ram Prasad to help them break this impending marriage. They, in turn, will tell him about their romances, which would not give him one, but two love stories.
Ram Prasad starts hatching plan after plan to foil the marriage, but is unsuccessful. One fine day, Vishal and Priyanka leave for a trek and fall in love subsequently. On the other hand, Ram Prasad hits upon a plan and creates a divide between the two fathers, thereby breaking the impending marriage.
When Vishal and Priyanka return home, they find themselves in a dilemma. Ram Prasad finds himself in a fix ï¿½ he is now asked to reunite the two warring families.
With Paresh Rawal in the central role, the responsibility to carry the story forward rests entirely on his shoulders. He does succeed to a major extent, but the flaws act as speed breakers.
Though the basic plot is alright, the viewer gets an impression that he's watching a comedy TV serial on the big screen. The larger-than-life cinema experience ï¿½ the mainstay of any film in today's scenario ï¿½ is missing.
Simply put, the director and writers Umesh Shukla and Anuraag Prapanna have tried so hard to inject humour in the story that every other emotion ï¿½ drama and emotional quotient ï¿½ takes a complete backseat in this enterprise. Even the action sequences are laced with comedy!
There ought to have been some serious moments in the enterprise to balance the humour. Hrishi-da and Basu-da's movies struck a chord with the audience because the humour and emotional quotient went hand in hand.
But there's no denying that a few comedy sequences [though they look forced at times!] do manage to keep you entertained. The sequences between Paresh Rawal and Tiku Talsania are humourous, while the ones between the lead pair ï¿½ Amar and Reema ï¿½ don't look natural at all.
As far as humour goes, the one-liners are just about passable. A few comic sequences manage to bring a smile, while a few others are repetitive.
Anand Raaj Anand's music is nothing to hum about. The tunes are plain mediocre and even otherwise, they don't contribute in moving the story forward. Cinematography is alright.
As mentioned earlier, the film rests on Paresh Rawal's shoulders and it wouldn't be wrong to state that the actor infuses life into the film. Amar Upadhyay is just about okay. Reema Sen overacts. Gulshan Grover is competent. Tiku Talsania excels in his part. Kunika, as the Bengali tenant, is decent.
On the whole, JODI KYA BANAI WAH WAH RAMJI is a light entertainer but the comedy is such that it has been witnessed umpteen times in the past. At the box-office, lack of publicity and ordinary merits will only add to its woes.