Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar is a collection of dramatic monologues starring Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor
Review of the film Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar: The funny parts are hilarious, and the boring parts are unbearably boring in this Luv Ranjan-directed film starring Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor.
This boy-meets-girl story of flirting, falling in love, and then falling out of love is as cynical as they come. Families become involved, and there is a climax that anyone can predict! Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar, directed by Luv Ranjan and starring Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, is a film that experiments with extremes.
Ranjan makes the most of the character’s confidence and beauty onscreen by showing countless close-up shots of them crying, laughing, kissing, or shamelessly admiring each other. In part, it feels like a mash-up of Ranbir Kapoor’s earlier films, and then Ranjan peppers it with signature rom-com flavors, drawing inspiration from Pyaar Ka Punchnama and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety – oh, and some cameos offer it a fusion feel. Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar, as a whole, never comes together as a wholesome, flawless script that you would genuinely praise.
Micky (Ranbir) and Tinny (Shraddha) meet at the bachelor party of their mutual best friends Dabbas (Anubhav Singh Bassi) and Kinchi (Monica Chaudhary). They instantly connect and there is love in the air of the movie. Tinny is an independent career-oriented girl who requires her own space and life, whereas Micky is a family-oriented guy who can’t live without his family members. Only a breakup expert can assist them in parting ways. But is it that simple? This movie strikes a chord with modern-day romantic relationships and issues that aren’t far from reality.
The first half has no point and just drags along with its distinctly average writing. Micky and Tinny’s romance blossoms in the most ridiculous way possible, with some goofy pickup lines that are unrepentantly misogynist as well, but when has Ranjan bothered with that? He does it in such a way that half the audience is whistling and cheering on those lines. For the most part, it appears that Ranjan simply took a framework from Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha and replaced Deepika Padukone with Shraddha Kapoor. A boy and a girl meet on vacation, get along at first, set relationship rules that are later broken, fall in love, and have the usual problems.
The second half begins on a promising note, but the story quickly becomes so predictable that you can almost guess it scene by scene. The film truly redeems itself in the final 30 minutes, which are hilarious, emotional, and genuinely funny. I mean you won’t feel like you missed the first 144 minutes if you only saw the last part of the movie. Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar would have been a near-perfect watch if Ranjan had maintained the same tone and pace from the beginning.
There is humor throughout the film, but it does not always land perfectly. More than the main characters, the people around them have lines that cause genuine laughter with their dialogue. Ranjan, a master of monologue writing and making his actors deliver them in a breathless manner, has taken it to a new level this time.
While Ranjan’s story, which he co-wrote with Rahul Moody, has flaws, it is the treatment that originally stood out for me. Ranjan has captured the essence of friendship in the most beautiful way yet again. Anubhav, as Ranbir’s friend, not only receives adequate screen time but also the sufficient opportunity to perform. Their bromance, instead of the lead couple’s romance, is perhaps the highlight of the first half. He has great comic timing and is extremely confident about his big-screen debut. Monica Chaudhary, who plays Shraddha’s best friend Kinchi, is adequate in her debut performance.
Ranbir is in top form in the rom-com genre, and he charms you with his notorious Casanova persona. His scenes in the first half are reminiscent of Bachna Ae Haseeno and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, while some emotional scenes after the interval reminded you of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Rockstar. He can play both the romantic hero and the heartbroken hero with great ease, and nobody does it better than him.
Complementing him well on-screen, Shraddha delivers a very controlled performance, though she goes a bit way over the top in the emotionally loaded scenes. I mean, they don’t even look real after a certain point. But she looked stunning in every frame, especially after stepping out of her comfort zone and donning a bikini.
Even the onscreen chemistry between the two lead actors is intriguing and does not appear to be off.
Even Ranjan’s explorations of family relationships, particularly Micky’s modern family setup, are heartwarming. They’re rioting together, whether it’s the chilly grandmother, loud yet loving mother (Dimple Kapadia), the preoccupied but always present father (Boney Kapoor), an affectionate sister (Hasleen Kaur), or the cutest child in the family (Inayat Verma), who’s displayed as a bit too sophisticated for her age (she’s stealing the show).
If you enjoy Bollywood music, Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar will not disappoint, as it contains not one, but five-six full-fledged songs. Three of them appear in the first 30–40 minutes and are upbeat tracks. -I don’t care if they were necessary for the plot or not!
Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar is actually your age-old love story reimagined in a modern setting. It’s strange and troublesome, but it’s done funnily that might draw you in. You may find it difficult to sit through the pre-interval, but things will settle down after that. If you enjoy entertaining performances and monologues, this is definitely a one-time watchable movie, and you may love the onscreen chemistry of the lead, Ranbir and Shraddha.
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