Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar Review: Ranbir-Shraddha's film is the revival of a satisfying family entertainer

Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar Review: Ranbir-Shraddha's film is the revival of a satisfying family entertainer

If you all are up for a lengthy family drama with rona-dhona and naach-gaana, TJMM is a perfect watch.

Rohit BhatnagarUpdated: Wednesday, March 08, 2023, 09:26 AM IST
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Director: Luv Ranjan

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Anubhav Singh Bassi and others

Where: In theatres near you

Rating: 4 stars

The biggest irony is that director Luv Ranjan, who has always been targeted by feminists for his misogynistic portrayal of women in his narratives, releases his film Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar on International Women’s Day 2023. In several interviews, he has always maintained the fact that the intent to show his female characters in a bad light is never his game plan. He never generalises the gender in totality, rather tells a story of one such woman.

His latest offering Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar is away from women bashing and unfortunately will disappoint those pseudo feminists, who misuse the concept not only in life but on social media as well. Luv brings yet another perspective to the big screen family entertainers.

Mickky aka Rohan (Ranbir Kapoor) runs a couple of businesses but enjoys the most to be a breakup specialist along with his best friend Dabbas (Anubhav Singh Bassi). On Dabbas' bachelorette, Mickky meets charming Tinni aka Nisha and falls in love with her and after their routine romance, Tinni finally agrees for a relationship. They both introduce each other to their respective families but things fall apart between Mickky and Tinni all of a sudden.

Luv seems to have a great hold on complexed relationships but where he wins is the ambiguity of his characters, a fresh take on girl culture adjusting in a boy’s big fat family which makes TJMM a complete enjoyable experience.

His last four films — Pyaar Ka Punchnama series (2011 & 2015), Akaash Vani (2013) and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety (2018) might look more youthful but his underlying theme had always been very rooted and traditional and TJMM is no different. But, the only drawback is its runtime. This is by far Luv’s longest film; 164 minutes.

First half definitely tests your patience, a lot, especially, in building their romance in a foreign country — too much dialoguebaazi, but Luv’s interval point compensates for it in every possible way and his second half is a show stealer. The film picks up like how and ends with the best climax of the recent times. The film has entertaining cameos too but Shraddha’s entry song Pee Rakhi Hai is a desi-misfit in abroad. She seems to be in a Thumkeshwari mode still.

Ranbir, known for his sad eyes and emoting pain in most of his films so far is a mixed portrayal of Bachna Ae Haseeno and Tamasha in TJMM. He fills the void of a chocolaty lover boy, who is sanskaari too. He had an eventful 2022 with blockbuster Brahmastra: Part 1 and disappointing Shamshera but with TJMM, he takes back time to where he started.

Shraddha, who returns to big screen nearly after 3 long years, has evolved a lot more as a performer. However, she had earlier made her path with characters like Aarohi (Aashiqui 2) and Ayesha (Ek Villain) but Tinny is much more confident and convincing. Her breakdowns in the film are way better than any of her previous movies. Her improvement in every department is impressive. In fact, these two hot-bods share a crackling chemistry onscreen. It’s nothing but fireworks!

Although, first half lacks humour but stand up comedian turned actor Anubhav Singh Bassi creates a storm in the second half. He has got one of the best dialogues, his depiction of a typical best friend from Delhi is unmistakable. Dimple Kapadia and Biji are the shining stars of the film. Boney Kapoor, who plays Ranbir’s father, is too funny.

Well, with giving away no spoilers, Luv Ranjan’s Tu Jhooti Main Makkaar is supremely entertaining. If you all are up for a lengthy family drama with rona-dhona and naach-gaana, TJMM is a perfect watch.

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