You know, there are times where you just want to watch a feel good film, but with examples like Badrinath & Humpty Ki Dulhania, Judwaa 2 to name a few where you mix old school cinema with modern relevance, LoveYatri truly blends at least 5 90s films into one and adds a killer Navratri / Garba soundtrack with Garba hits and a few new compositions – BUT it could not save the monotony of the screenplay and its weak script and lukewarm performances. LoveYatri has a brilliant soundtrack but this could not save this film.
LoveYatri is the story of a Garba teacher (Yes! That’s a profession, a new thing learnt) Sushrut aka Susu (Aayush Sharma) and Michelle, NRI but Desi by heart. Sushrut has no dreams of making it big, he just wants to stay connected to dance, whereas Michelle is one of the top students in her college in London. Susu has two best friends Negative (Pratik Gandhi), Rocket (Sajeel Parekh) and a Mama (Ram Kapoor) who are his support system.
Michelle comes to India for Navratri and Susu falls in love at first sight on the day 1 of this festival. Susu tries to win her heart and succeeds in doing the same. But how a Bollywood love story can end with so ease? There come a lot of obstacles and how Susu along-with Michelle clear everything is what the rest of the story is all about.
Written by Niren Bhatt, the story is weak from the word go. I didn’t expect anything from the film but entertainment. Many jokes fall flat & after a point of time the illogical things start to annoy you. Aayush Sharma makes his debut in a very amateurish way. Yes, he might get some more projects from his brother in law Salman Khan, but he’ll need to work on his expressions and dialogue delivery. Warina Hussain is also just about okay. She’s good in some scenes, bad in others, nothing impressive. Ram Kapoor, after a while irritates you. Pratik Gandhi and Sajeel Parekh are funny but lack of good dialogues don’t let them perform at their par best. Ronit Roy is good with his performance of an angry Gujarati dad.
Tanishk Bagchi manages to add some relief to the film with his songs. Akh Lad Jaave, Rangtaari and Dholida are very well used. Lijo George and DN Chetas’ Chogada which was in a kind theme of the film brings a smile on your face. Sanchit Balhara’s background score is good and blends well with the scenes. Basically except the musical elements – nothing else works.