Jia Aur Jia
Director: Howard Rosemeyer
Cast: Kalki Koechlin, Richa Chaddha, Zarina Wahab
The worst thing about the unbelievably juvenile Jia Aur Jia is that it supports out, repeatedly, an incorrect and potentially damaging message about liver donation. For the record, no one has to die to be a donor.
On to the rest of this film, Jia Aur Jia is fashioned as the part tear-jerker, part ‘girl-bonding’ movie.
Praise as the first Hindi movie about women on a road trip, and packed with talent in the form of Kalki Koechlin and Richa Chaddha, this could have been an empowering flick.
Instead, the fault, a lack of plot and the sheer silliness of it leave you with only one feeling — frustration. Two characters, poles apart, plans to travel together. They are both named Jia.
One Jia is unreserved, high on life; the other is tragic, moody, long-faced. They both have secrets, but 15 minutes in and you no longer care what these might be.
Most of the fault must be laid at the feet of choreographer and actor Howard Rosemeyer, who is directing for the first time.
His directorial debut renders the worst Chaddha performance to date. She is loud and unconvincing. Kalki is the only good thing about the film but even she cannot make its nonsensical plot and cringe-worthiness bearable.
Written by Mudassar Aziz, Jia Aur Jia tries hard to evoke nostalgia. Kalki decides to call Richa by her surname, Venkat (a la Vijay aka Lisa Haydon from Queen). Rajesh Khanna’s classic Anand is also invoked time and again but none of its charms manages to seep into this dreary drama.
The film remains an utter bore, bordering on torture.