Director: Abhiraj K. Minawala
Duration: 140 minutes
When a London-born desi girl visits Vadodara during the Navratri festival, a young, ambitionless garba coach falls head over heels in love with her. But when the time comes for the girl to fly back home, the lover boy is shown his place by the girl’s strict father. So off he goes to a firangi land to win the affection of his girl, despite all the odds.
Whenever a movie is produced by Salman Khan, we know for sure that it is nothing but a launch vehicle for a starkid. Remember the fate of Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty starrer ‘Hero’? Bhai did everything in his power to sell the film and the newbies through extensive promotions, but we know what happened in the end. It all seems to come back in the form of ‘LoveYatri’, where Sallu is going all out to promote his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma this time. But does the film really have the potential? Let’s find out.
Sushrut (Aayush Sharma) aka Susu (that is what we can come up with when it comes to thinking of original nicknames!) is an ambitionless guy living in Vadodara. He lacks interest in academics but his family is hell bent on seeing him work and earn money. But Susu has different dreams. While coaching youngsters in garba, Susu hopes to start his own academy someday. Though his expectations take a very long time to materialize, it is time for the nine-day-long Navratri festival to hit the country.
On the other side of the world in London, Manisha aka Michelle (Warina Hussain) is an ambitious girl, who is about to set foot in the job market in the financial sector, where she could ask for the money of her choice. Navratri festival is round the corner and so she, along with her businessman dad Sameer Patel (Ronit Roy) visits India. The father-daughter duo land in Vadodara, where at the garba-dandiya festival, she meets Susu for the first time.
Boy meets girl and the twosome falls in love. The festival of Navratri gives them a chance to get to know each other better. But when the father finds out, he decides it’s time to go back home, only after he has shown the besotted Susu the zameen-aasmaan ka fark between him and his daughter. Disheartened, Susu takes the next flight to London with his garba-singing uncle Rasik Bhai (Ram Kapoor) and goes in search of the love of his life, despite knowing that she has a firangi boyfriend too!
With so many clichés and a few dialogues that resonate with the reality of the film, ‘LoveYatri’ is a tedious movie-watching experience. A lot of films before have shown us how desperately the love struck boy goes to another country to win over his girl. We have also seen how two people in love fight all odds and come together in the end. Picking up threads from so many Yash Chopra, Karan Johar movies, debutant director Abhiraj Minawala weaves a story with Navratri as the backdrop, but that does not really help solve his purpose.
First-timers Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain do not have enough scope to showcase all of their talents, although it is too early to judge them too. Sharma has a perpetual smile plastered over his face, which starts to creep you out after a point of time, while Hussain tries too hard to act all demure yet independent at the same time. A sugary tale of love and loss is too much to handle. Talented actors like Ronit Roy and Ram Kapoor are wasted in roles that anyone else could have easily portrayed.
Technically the film is sound. The songs are a plus point, which add to the flavor of Navratri. The Dholida song reminds us strongly of Dholi taaro from ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’. Also, the cinematography is good, showcasing Vadodara in all the colors of the dandiya festival. Editing is tight, yet the lengthy script with a story that has nothing new to offer, ‘LoveYatri’ turns out to be boring in the end.
All in all, ‘LoveYatri’ is for those who want a little extra of the garba-dandiya festival. Others can start practicing at home!
Eventznu Rates LoveYatri: * ½