Message delivered loud and clear: The Tribune India

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Sex is the desire, yes ‘mankomana’ of all, but few take the path of protection. As Manokamna Tripathi aka Nushrratt takes on the responsibility of raising condom awareness, the entire cast helps get the message across loud and clear.

It’s a common man’s world, so the common man’s problem ‘ijjat’ is once again the villain. But the comedy of the common man is the big winner here. Sorry Shah Rukh, we’re changing your dialogue, but for Janhit Mein Jaari we’d say, “Don’t underestimate the power of a common man’s comedy”.

Movies like this are not only entertaining, but quietly sow a seed of change in the viewer’s mind. Only here is not an Ayush-Man(n), but a Nushrratt, a woman who talks about bringing about change in society so that men and women can live happily and healthily together.

Dream Girl director Raaj Shaandiliyaa has once again made his mark as a writer, while the film’s director, Jai Basantu Singh, has definitely mastered the art of saying “cut” at the right moment.

Madhya Pradesh’s Chanderi will definitely be on the travel list of those looking for the lesser discovered places of India after watching this film. Janhit… leaves you amazed at how well the screenwriters made their supporting characters memorable with their outstanding dialogue. Paritiosh Tripathi as Devi has two powerful dialogues, “Maa banne ka option nahi hai mardon ke paas, varna vo bhi kar lete Manu ke liye” and “To hum kya Shakira ke saath khade hain”, which is the true representation of each “gali ka” is aashiq’ that small town girls have but don’t recognize.

Anud Singh Dhaka as Ranjan is the boy next door that any girl would love to meet and is a delight to watch. He plays the youngest child in a common family who enjoys acting. But the twist is that he’s no mama’s boy; In fact, Manokamna (the woman) here has to turn this father’s little angel into a man who eventually transforms Lucifer while ministering to his Biwi. Together the Manokamna-Ranjan Jodi deliver full Mano-Ranjan to the audience. And that conversation feels right when Vijay Raaz expertly adds to the drama as the strict patriarch in the newly married couple’s life.

While the first half is full of drama, a slightly tighter cut would have yielded a better result. It would have been more punchy if the film talked about STDs instead of just focusing on abortion and maternal mortality.

On the musical front, two songs stand out – the heartbreaking song Tenu Aunda Ni and the title track from Raftaar. The latter’s rap verse – Ek Womainya Sab Pe Bhaari, infused with the social message – when women choose to protect their interests, men will turn back – also serves as a paragon of Nushrratt’s acting prowess.

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