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Movie Review: Junooniyat – Love, gone sour!




Cast: Pulkit Samrat, Yami Gautam

Director: Vivek Agnihotri

Rating: * *

Runtime: 155 mins

“Junooniyat’ is yet another turgid romance starring Pulkit Samrat and Yami Gautam (the ‘Sanam Re’ couple), from the T series fold – though thankfully, this time round we don’t have to sit through Divya Khosla Kumar’s amateurish direction. Not that Vivek Agnihotri makes this an accomplished effort either, but at least he has a sense of story and plots it diligently enough to gather some intensity.

The story doesn’t have novelty as such- it’s after all a romance. Army officer Jahaan Bakshi (Pulkit Samrat) rides in to the rescue of chirpy Punjabi girl Suhaani Kapoor (Yami Gautam) and they fall in love soon enough. But their romance is not exactly a bed of roses. Thorns show up in their relationship after an ugly fight and splitsvilla it is. A lot of pathos, tears, sad songs, misunderstandings, drama fill up the time it takes for them to get to reconciliation point. But is that really going to happen?  Never mind that. In fact you shouldn’t be bothered either. There’s not enough power in this make believe romance to keep you interested. The narrative weaves in insurmountable odds before giving in. The performances fail to click, the songs are passable at best and the direction is not quite as enterprising as expected of  Vivek Agnihotri, who has displayed better craft on Television. The Himalayan locations and the big fat Punjabi wedding are the only elements that brighten the mood for a bit. This otherwise boring love affair should at best be left alone!