Janhit Mein Jaari movie review: This brave Bollywood film about condoms ends up in a lecture

Film crew, Janet Maine Gary: Nushrat Bharuucha, Anud Singh Dhaka, Paritosh Tripathi, Vijay Raaz, Brijendra Kala, Tinnu Anand, Ishtiyak Khan, Sapna Sand
Janet Maine Gary, director of the film: Jay Basanto Singh
Film Genghit Me Gary Rating: 2.5 stars

Pretty Manokamna Tripathi is a perfect candidate for “Good Match”. They also shop for condoms. Right away, that’s a problem. How can a good Indian girl do such a dirty job? Making a “parivarik” (family) comedy out of it, that’s all. Naming the condom, “chhatri” (umbrella) is an old joke, but it has been turned into a fun element in “Janhit Mein Jaari”, which uses humor fairly well, to make its point – it’s not a sin to talk about protection during sex.

To this end, we have a solid group. Manokamna (Nushratt Bharuucha) desires a paid job. The product that you get, by a bona fide distributor (Brijendra Kala) for said condom, has no restrictions, except for a devoted friend of love (Paritosh Tripathi). Along the way, she quickly gains a boyfriend-turned-husband (Anod Singh Dhaka), a tyrannical father-in-law (Vijay Raz), a grandfather (Tino Anand), and an accompanying group of step-sisters. There is the usual righteous uproar and its ramifications that we already know about.

What makes this movie, at least its first half, interesting is the writing. It’s light and funny, and the characters do their job well, as we see the small Bollywood town (M.P’s Chanderi apparently is the “New It” city) in the midst of the “sasur-bahu” epic. Manukamna’s parents house is called Niwas condom, the father-in-law turns blue in the face when he discovers the true nature of the job ‘kamaau bahu (earning his daughter-in-law), the husband is more of an obedient son than an obedient son. Supportive pair, the thorns fly prolific and fast.

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After the interval, the film becomes a preacher. Manukamna tells the women’s groups she talks about that condoms aren’t just for fun, they are also tools that prevent women from having unwanted abortions, which in turn prevent tragic early deaths. This does not mean that this is not a valid argument, but it takes courage for Bollywood, let’s have some fun with sex, and turn it into a lecture.

If only we could have more of that fun, we’d still be considered a taboo: The funniest part of the movie is the two women talking about enjoying it. Movies growing up enough to feature condoms also mean they need to be old enough to talk about the act, right? “Darr ke aage jeet hai”.

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