JOGIRA SARA RA RA
Director: Kushan Nandy
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mimoh Chakraborty, Neha Sharma, Sanjay Mishra
Platform of Release: Theatrical
By Jyothi Venkatesh
The quirky film revolves around an independent small town’s brash girl Dimple Jha (Neha Sharma) and a street-smart marriage planner Jogi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) whose family consists of many quirky characters. ‘Jogira Sara Ra Ra’ has all the elements stuffed in to create a situational comedy from everyday life. Jogi meets a feisty and brattish Dimple who just gate-crashes a wedding party organized by Jogi and after a few pegs; the love story begins when she takes to giving a very critical yet honest review of the pathetic catering at the wedding.
In short, the film is about a wedding planner meeting a street-smart girl at a wedding. Soon they meet again but under very unusual circumstances. The comedy of errors begins when a fake kidnapping takes place, and the real kidnappers join the game. Right from his mother (Zarina Wahab) to his younger sisters – Jogi’s family has a bunch of females who have an underlying thread of love that basically binds them as family.
Director Kushan Nandy and writer Ghalib Asad Bhopali ensure there’s nothing conventional about the lead pair, and create in front of you flawed but at the same time also real characters and use this to create conflict, confusion and chaos that works really well throughout the first half but unfortunately are not able to maintain the continuity after the interval, making the film lose its tempo.
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Nawazuddin Siddiqui is as usual good but we’re so used to seeing him in powerful and completely out-of-the-box kinky characters that watching him play a regular guy-next-door with his own flaws takes some getting used to. Neha Sharma, who we get to see on the screen after a long period of time looks good and carries off her role with a lot of confidence.
Mimoh aka Mahaakshay Chakraborty is a surprise package as the demure groom-to-be Lallu, who is a total Nerd, though one wishes that he had an extended role instead of being dropped halfway in between after the interval. While Sanjay Mishra is superb in a small yet impactful character, and renders his role with a lot of aplomb. Zarina Wahab has a ball as the mother of Jogi
I’d say that in all fairness, this one is a film which turns out to be better than what I had expected as it has been in the making for a long time but does not stand a chance at the box office as it has a story as old as the hills