Jalebi (2018) is a Hindi Romantic drama and an official remake of the Bengali movie “Praktan”( meaning : Ex). Rhea Chakraborty and debutant Varun Mitra played the characters of Ayesha and Dev.
The story begins with screams of Ayesha at her home. Decorations scattering all over the room, signifying the function that was held on the previous day… Probably her engagement that she called off at the last moment. Ayesha in her late 20s was still not over her first marriage. Her poor father came to comfort her, she needed to take a break she told. But before that she had to go to book-reading for her new book.
She boarded on the train for Mumbai and eventually ended up in a berth opposite to a friendly young woman and her 7 year old daughter.
The lady introduced herself and started a small talk. She told that her house was very famous in Delhi- Netaji ki haveli. That one name took Ayesha 7 years back when she was a bidding author and a spontaneous 21 years old girl. She and her friend came to Delhi for doing some research for her next project. There she met with Dev, a friendly guy from Delhi. A PhD grad and following his passion to help tourists in exploring Delhi.
Dev was a simple guy, he loved the place more than anything. His house was an old one, a heritage. He found happiness in the congested and extremely Lanes of Delhi- his memories and emotions were deeply rooted in that place. Ayesha started hanging out with Dev and one fine day proposed him. They got married in no time and that is when the problem began.
Ayesha dreamt about exploring the world with her husband whereas Dev wasn’t comfortable in moving out. He was so much attached to his place that it has become a part of his identity. They started having arguments every now and then.
Ayesha got pregnant at the age of 21. The pregnancy seemed to be a threat to her carrier. She wanted to have an abortion but Dev and his mother didn’t let her do that. Ayesha had to accept it unwillingly. It was hope of a baby that was saving the relationship of Ayesha and Dev. Ayesha had a miscarriage and it turned both of their lives dramatically. Even though Ayesha wasn’t mentally ready to be a mother in the early days, she grew attachment for the baby-losing it made her traumatized and depressed. She could no more hold it all together and left Dev’s house.
Later Dev’s mother and sister came to take Ayesha back with Dev. Ayesha was still in love with Dev but Dev was not spontaneous as before. The parents planned to send them Kashmir (a very beautiful place in Northern part of India, Ayesha wanted to go with Dev when they were newly married…)
Ayesha went to Kashmir alone, she didn’t see Dev anywhere. Deeply heartbroken she thought of never going back to Dev and continue working on her career.
Aisha’s heart was still in Delhi, whatever she did, she could not move on from her past. She always wondered why Dev didn’t come to Kashmir, why she never heard from him again. No calls/ messages/ emails- nothing. Was he having an extra marital affair at that time?
The lady on the train must be Dev’s second wife and they had a 7 years old girl. This was supporting Ayesha’s suspicion perfectly. All these years she was hoping against hope that Dev would come and embrace her- all her family and friends kept on telling her that Dev must have some love affair going on but she never believed in that completely.
Dev came to surprise his wife on her b’day and met Ayesha. She couldn’t hold herself together anymore. Feeling anguished and betrayed, she shouted on Dev. At last Dev broke his silence and told her the truth.
He had gone to Kashmir at the same time, he was watching her from a distance. He was heart broken too but he couldn’t deny the fact that Ayesha needed her freedom to build her career. He couldn’t leave his attachment behind and forcing her to go back with him would mean to sacrifice her career. So he kept his emotions to himself and vanished from her life.
Dev’s wife confessed to Ayesha that Dev wasn’t the biological father of her daughter. Her boyfriend abandoned her with this kid and she was helpless. Dev married her without questioning her past and accepted them as his family.
Ayesha’s heart wasn’t lying to her at all-he never stopped her loving. But he valued her dreams more than them being together.
Ayesha and Dev parted their way one more time- this time with inner peace. Ayesha wrote a book about the love of her life and named it Jalebi (Dev used to call her sweet as “Jalebi”).
I really enjoyed the movie- the pace of the story was okay. It has some really good original songs. This needs a special mention because now a days most of the movies have remake songs only – which I don’t like at all. Also it didn’t have any commercial and out of the context item songs. I watched Rhea for the first time in a movie, she pulled off the character of a 21 year old girl perfectly. Varun Mitra too was fine for his role. Their online chemistry was quite enjoyable to watch. “Pal” is my favorite song from the movie.
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