3.0 / 5
Jahaan Chaar Yaar is a movie about four women who decide to let go of the shackles of married life for a bit and relax together in Goa. Their escape becomes difficult when a foreigner is killed in their hotel room. They are not only the prime suspect in a murder, but also the target of a mysterious killer trying to eliminate all evidence. How the bond they share has helped them overcome obstacles is the crux of the film.
Rarely do our filmmakers attempt to make a film with a woman over 30 as the main character. Kudos to director Kamal Pandey, who also wrote the screenplay for the film, for trying that. The familism becomes stifling after a while in middle-class homes, especially for housewives forced by circumstances to have a life of their own. So you empathize with the dangers of Shivangi (Swara Bhaskar), who is emotionally manipulated to become her husband’s unpaid servant, and her husband, Sakina (Pooja Chopra), whom her husband wants leave her, and Neha (Shikha Talsania), the husband who cheated on her. So when her rich friend Mansi (Meher Vij) advises them to visit her in Mumbai, says she is dying of cancer and then reveals that she plans to take them all on vacation in Goa, they were shocked at first but gave in. directors kept other elements of the middle class intact. They roam the beaches wearing no beach clothes but sarees, drinking nothing stronger than beer; feel ashamed of leprechaun men; and confused when receiving a call from family. The trip is a guilty pleasure for them, where they can roam freely without feeling the burden of family life. We were pleased to see them having one minor crash after another. But the director also included a murder mystery in the mix. That’s when life turns upside down, they realize they can’t be doormats for life and should learn to rebel.
The film is part comedy, part humour, and part lesson in women’s empowerment. Thankfully, not every man is drawn as a villain. The inspector investigating their case, played by Girish Kulkarni, is shown to be a staunch advocate for women’s rights. Not only did he stand up for his senior who was cheating on his wife, but he also told his 4 friends to get out of the assault and get their lives in order. And they do it with dignity and sass, keeping their dignity intact. Where the film falters is in its depiction of mystery and signs. It’s all too abrupt, rushed, and disjointed, and improper handling detracts from this good movie.
Playing Swara Bhaskar, an actor known for his feminist views, playing a woman who lost all sense of identity after marriage was indeed a risk, but the actor abandoned the role. leniently. She’s such a doormat in the movie that you want to shake her up and tell her to stop and find a life. She didn’t put a wrong note and performed with the utmost sincerity. Shikha Talsania and Pooja Chopra are her versions and have succeeded in venting anger and insecurities to their respective characters. Meher Vij cheerfully is also used against type. Secret Superstar (2017)’s strong, resilient mother is an incredible thing here. It’s an interesting character, which we wish was better written.
While Jahaan Chaar Yaar is a movie with strong feminist vibes and delivers good performances, it performs rather faltering, especially in the second half. The movie is definitely a mixed bag, and let’s hope its message finds an audience.
Trailer: Jahaan Chaar Yaar
Archika Khurana, September 16, 2022, 3pm IST
1.5 / 5
Story of Jahaan Chaar Yaar: The story revolves around four women —Shivangi (Swara Bhaskar), Mansi (Meher Vij), Neha (Shikha Talsania), and Sakhina (Pooja Chopra) – who decide to escape their sweltering everyday life by becoming women. middle class housewives by traveling to Goa for a few days to live life on their terms. Little did they know that their vacation would lead to a series of life-changing events.
Review of Jahaan Chaar Yaar: As the title suggests, ‘Jahaan Chaar Yaar’ is about four friends, and when they meet, we can expect a lot of fun. But, unfortunately, the film contains a lot of drama that only vaguely discusses the importance of women to their own identities and voices. Spanning over 125 minutes, the film tells the story of four women who decide to live a little more independently for a few days to escape the monotonous cycle of being middle-class housewives. The story begins on an interesting and humorous piecemeal note, but it ends up being a dull movie to watch.
The film opens with Shivangi, who lives a routine life doing housework – from washing the family’s clothes to cooking meals for them. She even eats alone after completing the quest but never complains. Then we meet Sakhina, who has a troubled marriage due to her inability to have children. Even though her partner is the one to blame, no one wants to hear her story. Neha is a member of the third group, and her husband is having an affair. The last member of the gang of best friends is Mansi, who tricked her friends into traveling to Goa. Will this be a good break for them, or will it change their lives?
With ‘Jahaan Chaar Yaar’, writer Kamal Pandey makes his directorial debut after penning numerous films and screenplays on a daily basis. At first glance, the story is certainly striking, especially since it’s so easy to identify these women and their circumstances. When they go on a trip and end up in an unfortunate situation (right before the time period), what started out as fun quickly loses its appeal to both, them and the viewer. .
After ‘Veere Di Wedding’, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania are back together in another movie about women’s relationship. Swara is the best of the bunch, with some hilarious quotes and a perfect UP voice. Shikha Talsania, Meher Vij and Pooja Chopra performed well, but lacked support from the screenwriters.
All told, the concept of friends traveling together to have some thrills in life is not new, but the film focuses on desi naaris and theirs pakki dostisa lot of entertainment was expected, but it fell short in every way.