Sunny Singh, Sonnalli Seygall, Poonam Dhillon, Supriya Pathak
Anyone who has seen even half of the trailer of Jai Mummy Di, would have figured the storyline. Nevertheless, here’s the brief synopsis. Laali Kapoor (Supriya Pathak) and Pinky Bhalla (Poonam Dhillon) are neighbours. Like their names ‘meaning hues of pink’ the two are uncannily similar. Yet Laali and Pinky are at loggerheads all the time. If they are not fighting about clothes, they fight about maids. If they cannot think of anything else, they fight about garbage but fight they must. But as fate could have it, neither Laali or Pinky realise that their children Puneet (Sunny Singh) and Saanjh (Sonnalli Seygall) have fallen in love. Had Navjot Gulati not dumped in the smooches, believe me, the audience too would not have realized that Puneet and Saanjh are in love, but more about that later.
Getting back to the ‘lovers’, neither of the two has it in them to speak to their mother. As a result, they even agree to get married to other people, of course, all the while plotting elopement! Eventually, their co-conspirators increase in numbers but their mothers still remain clueless. The only way out is to figure why did the once-upon-a-time best friends turned into such dreaded foes. What do they figure out? NEVERMIND! Believe me, you don’t care once you have sat through the first half an hour of this film!
Navjot Gulati’s film is best described as a drudgery! Though it is supposed to be a comic take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this film is more of a tragedy than William conceived in the 1600s. My heart goes out to Shakespeare whose work Navjot Gulati seems to have mercilessly ruined. Star crossed lovers didn’t ever seem to lacklustre.
As mentioned before, it does look like Sunny and Sonnalli were made to fall in love at gunpoint. The two have no chemistry whatsoever, it looks like there are emoting to a mirror, all the while admiring their own selves. Such preoccupation is the death of romance and yet almost hilarious because neither Sunny nor Sonnalli is attractive enough as actors to cause that kind of distraction. To make matters worse, they sing and sing and sing some more, which gets annoying. Imagine having the popular song ‘Lamborghini…’ (rehashed by Meet Bros) in the film and even ruining that!
Supriya Pathak and Poonam Dhillon marginally attempt to salvage the film but with such a weak storyline there is nothing that even these veterans could do.
Gujati Saheb, there is a request, let someone else write your scripts and dialogues the next time around, perhaps it might help you concentrate on the direction and also have a ready bait for any future fiascos.