It’s been a while since Bollywood produced a fun, young romance. Sure Tiger Shroff did make his debut in a love story called Heropanti a couple of years ago and Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter played doomed lovers in the recently released Dhadak but both these aforementioned films were rather serious in tone and tenor. Loveratri seems like a refreshing change.
It stars Aayush Sharma, Salman Khan’s brother-in-law. It is produced by Salman Khan. It also has Arbaaz Khan and Sohail Khan. So yes, there is nepotism unlimited here! But well, never mind!
The trailer itself looks fresh and promising. There is absolutely nothing new in the storyline which, as is the case of all trailers these days, gives it all out. Aayush plays a vagabond, ambition-less youngster, a garba teacher who meets and falls in love with newcomer Warina Hussain, a pretty light-eyed lass with an accent, on the garba ground. One assumes she is from London as the second half of the trailer is set there. Aayush and Warina romance at the garba ground during Navratri – the nine-night festival of dance that is such a craze among Gujju youth – and predictably she has to fly back and our hero has to follow her and win her back, despite her stern father’s (Ronit Roy) misgivings. Since it’s uncool to have two dads who are strict, we have a character (Ram Kapoor), presumably the boy’s father, urging him to use the nine days to make her fall for him. How cool. And how predictable.
WATCH THE TRAILER HERE
So what’s new? Nothing really, except that Loveratri seems to be the perfect recipe for college kids seeking a love story on screen. Aayush , with more than a striking resemblance to Tiger Shroff, looks the part, while Warina is another addition to the PYT brigade. Since it’s about Navratri and the story is set in Gujarat, (Baroda to be precise), there are Gujarati clichés galore – garba moves galore, sev and ganthia, kites, Jignesh-Bhavesh (someone please tell our filmmakers that not EVERY Gujarati boy is named Jignesss!) and the like. The music too has taken inspiration from popular Navratri songs and we wouldn’t be surprised if these are the tunes that are played on the ground this year.
As we mentioned before, one hasn’t seen a predictable, stress-free, young love story hit the theatres for a long time and Loveratri seems to have tapped it well. Hopefully, the story has more to it than just the garba! Which by the way, looks rather cool on screen.
Loveratri releases on October 5