There has been a dearth of rom coms lately. Moreso, post pandemic with the advent of the OTT platforms with unique subjects and genres from across the globe. Even the filmmakers who used to dish out content of this genre have moved on and it is not just the actors. What could an actor do if one is not offered such films!! It appears that Luv Ranjan has become the flag bearer for making light-hearted comedies with a sprinkle of romance. Someone rightly pointed that the industry sure must have romantic scripts doing rounds, but one film needs to click majorly to turn the tide. The actors need to turn their gaze and put their faith in voices of the new filmmakers and writers who have a story to tell. But the point is who’s going to bet on them if the producers no more think rom com as a safe bet!
Prior to the trailer launch, Ranbir had hinted that ‘Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar’ could be one of his last rom coms. “It’s very hard, rom com is the hardest genre. When you give me a character like Sanju or Rockstar, you’re hiding behind a character. There’s a certain paraphernalia around you to work with. But these rom-com parts are very hard. I’m just insecure that I don’t run out of a personality, so I can keep delivering some entertainment through the genre,” Ranbir elaborated at the film’s trailer launch.
‘Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar’ revolves around the life of a (not so) young couple Mickey (Ranbir Kapoor) and Tinny (Shraddha Kapoor). While Mickey is from a rich business family, Tinny too is from a good background and a working professional with a 9-5 job. They happen to meet at Dabbas’ (Anubhav Singh Bassi) bachelors party and immediately hit it off. They both giggle and give each other goo-goo eyes, and before you know it, what starts as a fun flirtation, ends up in engagement in no time. With families of the couple giving an affirmative nod, the twist comes when they call it quits a day before their engagement! And who breaks it?
Oh, by the way, we missed on the part that along with being a businessman, Mickey and Dabbas are breakup professionals, who help couple break up… not divorce, they clarify. So, the twist is Tinny seeking Mickey’s help in breaking up with her boyfriend! What ensues forms the interesting part of the story.
Well, as mentioned earlier there are not many romantic comedies happening lately, watching TJMM still feels refreshing albeit with a dragged first half. The second half lands into tricky terrain with the family drama and a race against time to settle things and make them right. There is a certain point that the director has tried to highlight with blatant honesty about the new age couples. But the high point is the resolution to the problem and the humour in finding the solution.
Luv Ranjan has a knack of having twisted rom com plots with equally twisted film titles and ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ topping the charts and now ‘Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar’. Luv has become a synonym with dishing out hilarious monologues to at least one of his characters and TJMM is an addition.
Ranbir Kapoor looks absolutely refreshing and dashing with a perfectly fit personality coupled with some funny lines, dramatic scenes, and some cool dancing steps (you can’t beat SKTKS, though). Luv also goes on to re-present the slim and fit Ranbir as a kabil, handsome, good looking, rich, fit, virile, polite, loveable, humble, respectful, romantic and pyara, emphasising that Ranbir is both loveable and pyara – in Hindi as well as English!
Ditto for Shraddha Kapoor who looks sweet and sexy in a single package delivering some intense scenes with an intensity that makes her nerves visible through her fair skin. It is very surprising why filmmakers haven’t explored Shraddha’s infectious smile to her benefit.
Anubhav Singh Bassi
Anubhav Singh Bassi, the stand-up comedian makes his film debut with a very distinctive role as Ranbir’s best friend and partner in crime. Anubhav slips into his character with great ease and fits the role to the ‘T’
The rest of the main cast including Dimple Kapadia as Renu, Mickey’s mother, Boney Kapoor as Ramesh, Mickey’s father, Inayat Verma as Sweetu, Mickey’s niece, Monica Chaudhary as Kinchi, Dabbas’ girlfriend, Hasleen Kaur as Minny, Mickey’s sister, Rajesh Jais as Tinni’s father, Ayesha Raza Mishra as Tinni’s mother have little to do.
The music for the film is composed by Pritam with lyrics written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. Cinematographer Santhana Krishnan Ravichandran has captured the scenic beauty of the foreign locales with tempting finesse along with the urban Delhi making it one of the places to visit in your bucket list.
Overall, for Luv Ranjan’s audience who have loved his movies like ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ and ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ will feel in the same zone in ‘Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar’ with resounding encore.
Movie: Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar
Director: Luv Ranjan
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Anubhav Singh Bassi, Dimple Kapadia, Boney Kapoor, Monica Chaudhary, Hasleen Kaur, Rajesh Jais, Ayesha Raza Mishra, Kartik Aaryan, Nushrratt Bharuccha, Gaurav Kamble
Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Cinematographer: Santhana Krishnan Ravichandran
Run Time: 164 Mins