Sidharth Malhotra, Tara Sutaria, Riteish Deshmukh, Rakul Preet Singh.
Milap Milan Zaveri

Marjaavaan is not a film about love and romance, it is a time travel machine which takes you back to the yore. 

Raghu (Sidharth Malhotra) is a hitman for a certain Narayan Anna. Anna is a gang-lord who runs a prostitution ring amongst other illegal pursuits. Raghu always has Anna’s back. Having never given time to think about what's right and wrong, Raghu is a machine of death only working on directives. His dependability, becomes a liability for Anna’s son – Vishnu (Riteish Deshmukh). Vishnu might have grown into being the vilest, most sinister gang lord but stands only 3feet tall. As a result, he has been ridiculed and rejected by his own father. The anger within him has festered into a mean spirit.

All is taut with tension when life for Raghu changes. He meets Zoya (Tara Sutaria) who is the epitome of all goodness. Zoya is a Kashmiri girl, she is mute but to ease her romance with Raghu comes with translator, in the form of her friend. Of course, Raghu decides she will make him a perfect bride. Forgetting all about Aarzoo (Rakul Preet Singh) who is silently in love with Raghu.

Coming back to the film, and the taut tension, Raghu decides to turn over a new leaf and undo all the wrongs that he has done. As a result, Anna family ain’t happy. To get Raghu back on track the waaris viz Vishnu, takes over the laawaris (Don’t judge me I am merely mouthing Marjaavaan terminology).

There is a lot of bloodshed, broken bones and even broken hearts by the time the film concludes but it’s loud and too bizarre for the audience to care. In today’s day and age to see such an obsolete script is a novelty, given the canvas on which Milap was working. Having got A-listers to do such a shoddy script might not have been a mean task. Given Milap’s success in converting these unhinged stories into scripts, it is obvious his strength lies in marketing. Not so much to the audience as he does effectively to the stars.

One look at Sidharth Malhotra as Raghu and you will know what tacky looks when personified. His shaggy-haired look is extremely boring, and an evidence of a complete lack of imagination on the part of Sidharth’s team. With Marjaavaan it is clear that Sidharth is not at all suited to play loud, heavy-duty characters but he tries his best. He does sombre, resilient, brooding well – but not loud so those scenes don’t work particularly well. To have him mouth heavy-duty dialogues is not wise. To add to it, he is mouthing them in the presence of Riteish Deshmukh who is a pro at the same. 

When it comes to Raghu’s ladies – Rakul does a decent job at being the indecent one. And Tara manages to look pretty. So much so that Tara manages to look pretty not only in love but also in duress. The girl has her charms but no substance! Not her fault, it was obviously not a requirement for Milap. The 135minutes of run-time is peppered with some remixed numbers but even those cannot salvage the film.

With talents like Siddharth and Riteish, this script should have been more.

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