‘LoveYatri’ is a straightforward love story – nothing more, nothing less. The makers clearly set out to create a sugary film, so they do that with passion and tons of effortless appeal. Debutant director Abhiraj Minawala plays it safe by sticking to a tried and tested formula, focusing on mushy moments to create drama. The problem is that there are too many sweet nothings in between, and that doesn’t help an unambitious screenplay. The characters are likeable, but the story doesn’t make you feel for them because there is little conflict of note and whatever arises is doused with ease. The songs in the film get special attention for capturing the festivity and mood around garba. Composer Tanishk Bagchi’s renditions of ‘Chogada’ and ‘Dholida’ are energetic with foot-tapping energy guaranteed to be popular on every Navratri playlist. Vaibhavi Merchant’s choreography will inspire plenty to shake a leg as well. The rest of the compositions are catchy enough not to become overbearing as they emerge at the drop of a hat.
In this Movie trailer of Salman Khan’s brother-in-law Aayush Sharma’s debut Bollywood movie, Love Ratri is out and it is a story of an ambitionless boy who fights for his love. Presenting the fresh pair of Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain, the romantic drama is about the love story of the couple thats spans across the period of Navratri. Keeping the tempo upbeat with festive mood, the trailer witnesses Aaysuh as a Gujarati boy, Sushrut, who is also a Garba teacher. During the celebrations of Navratri, he falls in love with an NRI girl.
Sushrut or ‘Susu’ as he’s fondly called, is written off as an unambitious boy, whose only interest is to dance his life away. He constantly faces pressure from his family to find a ‘real’ job, while he dreams of opening his own garba academy in Vadodara. Over to the United Kingdom; Michelle is at the top of her class, but she wishes to return to her motherland in India. Her father (Ronit Roy) reluctantly agrees; they arrive in Baroda and extend their stay to celebrate Navratri on the insistence of his imposing Gujarati family. During the ‘festival of dance’, Susu falls in love with Michelle at first sight. He becomes the typical lover boy who literally runs in circles, to follow his heart.
It’s evident that Aayush and Warina are raw, but both have a charming screen presence with enough chemistry. Since the story requires them to be innocent and naïve young lovers, this inexperience works in their favour. Ayush’s boyish appeal is likeable, although his first film doesn’t give him a chance to show much range as an actor. Ronit Roy as Michelle’s father and Ram Kapoor as Susu’s uncle, lead the charge to handle the emotionally heavier dialogues and scenes. Although ‘LoveYatri’ lacks the gripping appeal of more contemporary romantic stories, it might be just enough to satiate die-hard romantics looking to revisit the love stories of the 90s.