Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar (2023) Review: Luv Ranjan charisma is missing

Movie: Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar (TJMM)

Director: Luv Ranjan

Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar (TJMM) (2023) Movie Review: Story & Performances

Director Luv Ranjan's latest romantic comedy, "Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar" (TJMM) starring Ranbir Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Anubhav Singh Bassi, and Dimple Kapadia was released in theatres on March 8th, 2023. On the opening day, the film collected a box office total of Rs 15.73 crores in India.

The film revolves around the story of Rohan Arora, popularly known as Mickey, played by Ranbir Kapoor, and his trip to Spain with his friend Manu Dabbas (Anubhav Singh Bassi) and Manu's girlfriend Kinchi (Monica Chaudhary). Kinchi's friend Nisha Malhotra, also known as Tinni (Shraddha Kapoor), joins them on the trip, and Mickey falls for her instantly. After dating for some time, they decide to get engaged, but the story takes an unexpected turn.

Luv Ranjan, who hasn't directed a film in five years, returns with TJMM. He is known for his style of filmmaking that usually satisfies his audience, and TJMM is no exception. While the film is not headlined by Kartik Aaryan and Nushrat Bharucha, who has been in his previous films, the director has not forgotten to bring them in for a cameo appearance.

The on-screen chemistry between Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor is one of the highlights of the movie. Ranbir Kapoor's portrayal of the character is meticulous, and his dialogue delivery in some scenes will remind you of Kartik Aaryan in "Pyaar Ka Punchnama". In fact, his character in TJMM is quite similar to his role in "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani". The plot of TJMM, at times, bears similarity to "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani" and "Tamasha," and thematically it draws a comparison to "DDLJ."

Shraddha Kapoor, in the role of Tinni, looks stunning and fresh, but her performance in the emotional scenes falls short of expectations. The movie marks her return to the big screen after a gap of three years, as her last lead role film "Baaghi 3" was released in 2020.

The first half of the film moves at a slow pace and may seem boring at times, but the twist just before the interval adds excitement and keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. The entry scenes of both Shraddha Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor, as well as the scene when Manu and Mickey discover Tinni's plan, are thoroughly enjoyable.

Anubhav Singh Bassi, in his debut role as Manu Dabbas, delivers a top-notch performance. Most of his scenes with Ranbir Kapoor are hilarious. Dimple Kapadia, an ace performer, is mostly underutilized, and Boney Kapoor's screen presence as an actor is not felt, except in the climax. Inayat Verma as Mickey's niece, Sweetu, is sweet and cute. The other actors, including Hasleen Kaur, Monica Chaudhary, Rajesh Jais, and Ayesha Raza Mishra, had very little to do with the script.

The editing, done by Akiv Ali and Chetan M. Solanki, could have been better, as the film seemed unnecessarily extended by about 20-25 minutes. Nonetheless, the cinematography by Santhana Krishnan Ravichandran, the compositions by Pritam, and the background score by Hitesh Sonik were other highlights of this romantic comedy film.


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