Jodi 2019 Movie Reviews & Ratings
Jodi is one of the many releases this weekend. In a week full of insignificant releases such as ‘Undiporaadhey’, ‘Taaramani’, ‘Two Hours Love’ and ‘Nee Kosam’, this one is the only outing that has grabbed the audience’s attention to an extent. Does the film work? Here we tell you in detail. Jodi has been in the making for over two years now.
The film has Aadi Sai Kumar and Shraddha Srinath in lead roles. The family drama has hit the screens on a silent note today and let us see how it turns out to be. Kapil (Aadi Saikumar) falls for Kanchana Mala (Shraddha Srinath) because of her ideals. But what happens when Kapil’s father’s (Naresh) ideals cause issues for them?
Jodi 2019 Movie Review
Jodi is a supremely simple film on the surface and even though Vishwanath tries hard to set it apart from a million other love stories, it ends up being just that by the end. The issue with the film lies not in its minimalism, but in the way, the director tries to wrap it all up neatly in the end despite a healthy dose of messy melodrama. The way he just keeps throwing characters and situations at the viewer doesn’t help in investing in any of them, not even the lead characters.
And there are a lot of characters to invest in a film that ends up being more of a family drama than a romance. There’s Kapil (Aadi Saikumar), who’s named after Kapil Dev by his father (Naresh) whose only job in the world seems to be to bet away all the money his son earns on cricket matches. Then there’s Kanchana Mala (Shraddha Srinath), someone who’s so old-school, she doesn’t believe in smartphones but is sustainable enough to turn down plastic straws too.
She stays with her tight-fisted uncle who won’t let her buy a scooter too (and for good reason), aunt and grandfather (Gollapudi Maruthi Rao) because her parents passed away. Then there’s Kapil’s friend (Satya), a plot salesman (Vennela Kishore), not to mention a random man named Avinash who keeps popping up just to move the plot. Phew!
While anyone can take a guess that issues will crop up between the spendthrift’s son and the tight-fisted uncle, no one can guess the ridiculous manner in which Avinash and even his girlfriend are woven into the story. But, despite it all, it might have worked if Vishwanath had made just a little more effort to smoothen the screenplay. What does work for the film is Phani Kalyan’s beautiful music, even if it keeps cropping up at inopportune times and the adorable chemistry between the lead pair?
The way their love story progresses without much hullabaloo works beautifully too. Aadi is good enough in his role but it is Shraddha, who wowed in Jersey, who doesn’t get a chance to perform here. She still manages to make her mark. Gollapudi is a delight to watch! Rest of the cast breeze through their roles.
Go watch Jodi this weekend if simple, minimalistic love stories and family dramas that are cliché riddled but good enough are your cups of tea. Anyone looking for anything more, give it a cold hard miss.
Jodi 2019 Movie Story
Aadi Saikumar plays a middle-class man named Kapil, whose father (Naresh) knows how to lose money on cricket betting. When he becomes a professional earning Rs 60,000 per month, it’s time for love. In comes Kanchana (Shraddha Srinath), an orphan whose ‘Babai’ (Sijju) is mired in debts.
At the interval, it’s revealed that the heroine’s father has a strong reason to dislike Kapil and stay away from his irresponsible father. What is that reason? Can the hero undo the past? Can he mend ways with the heroine’s ‘Babai’? Answers to these questions are found in the second half.
Jodi 2019 Movie Cast & Crew
Director Viswanath Arigela
- Aadi Saikumar
- Shraddha Srinath
- Vennela Kishore
Jodi 2019 Movie Performances
Aadi doesn’t really get to do interesting roles, and he is often also failed by his directors. That’s the reason his performances never get any recognition. In ‘Jodi’, he passes muster and delivers a measured performance. Shraddha Srinath, who was seen in Nani’s ‘Jersey’ earlier this year, is apt for the role.
Naresh doesn’t get to do any comedy. His role is underwritten. Sitara, Sijju and Gollapudi Maruthi Rao get decent roles.
Jodi 2019 Movie Technical Aspects
Phani Kalyan’s music is efficient to a large extent. However, because of the not-so-catchy situations and narration, they don’t get proper justice. SV Vishweshar’s cinematography is average.
Editing and other technical departments do quite a shoddy job.
Positive Points Of The Movie
- The storyline is interesting. It involves a number of characters and their traits and situations are relatable.
- The film works for the family audience here and there. Two families are involved in the story and the characters can appeal to those who have no major expectations.
- The love story is just a part of the film. It’s not the main aspect. That’s something different for a film that may well call itself a family drama.
- The comedy, involving Vennela Kishore and Satya, does get pass marks.
Negative Points Of The Movie
- After introducing the very many characters, the director loses a sense of direction. He relies on comedy to deliver goods.
- The second half should have entirely depended on emotional scenes. But it makes the hero and Satya do second-rate comedy for the sake of it.
- The songs are intrusive.
- The way the hero rattles a rich man is totally immature. He prevents the rich man from attending a business conference whose stake is Rs 100 Cr just because the latter caused a minor leg injury!
- The climax is simplistically done. The potential was wasted thoroughly.
Jodi 2019 Movie Final Verdict
The film forgets to focus on the father-son track and instead forces the audience to watch the hero-villain track, which is replete with loose ends. The director should have made ‘Jodi’ as an emotional, sentimental family drama. Instead, he makes it as a comedy-drama whose hero is supposedly intelligent. But he is intelligent only because the villain is shown to be too ridiculous.