Slaps: A story that's been done to death in the Bolly-land
What's New: Nothing
Popcorn Refill: Anytime and we bet you won't miss any crucial!
Plot: The film opens with a shayari. Cut to we are introduced to our hero, an army man named Jahan Bakshi (Pulkit Samrat) discussing about something with his fellow colleague. Curious to know what? Well, they are talking about destiny and other stuff! (No..we ain't kidding here!) Suddenly their camp receives a message informing them of a suspicious person floating in a lake which comes under the restricted army area. Jahan immediately rushes to that place with his team only to find that the floating damsel is none other than Suhani Kapoor (Yami Gautam). The man lifts her from that water body straight into his arms. Oh wait..we already sniff some love blossoming here!
Nevertheless coming back to the story, Suhani is a chirpy Punjabi kudi who loves throwing challenges at every instance. No guessing game here! As usual after a couple of tiffs, a dance number and our hero rescuing the heroine from the jaws of death, the two fall in 'shidatwala' pyaar. Some flirty exchanges, a Holi song and intense romance follows next until their fairy tale romance comes to a halt when Suhani's family find out about their love escapade. Daddy Kapoor puts down a condition for accepting their love story. Will Jahan and Suhani's 'Junooniyaat' survive this storm of misunderstandings?
Performances: Pulkit Samrat and Yami Gautam both give you a 'deja vu' of 'Sanam Re'. No doubt they make a lovely pair on the big screen but hey, somebody needs to tell them that films ain't all about looking picture-perfect all the time! You need to show your acting skills, dude!
Pulkit as usual is the same as you have seen him in a couple of his last films. Yami looks drop-dead gorgeous but has very limited scope to display her acting chops in their boredom fest.
Hrishita Bhatt and Gulshan Devaiah credited as special appearances too look clueless about what they are supposed to do in the film.
Direction: Monsoons bring back the season of love. Every drop of rain reminds you of your fond memories of your loved ones. Vivek Agnihotri promises you a heart-touching story but sadly what he ends up offering on a platter is nothing but a rehash version of Bollywood romance with cheesy dialogues and shayaris that look heavily inspired from the 90s. Sample a few dialogues- 'Har sher mein alfaaz toh hote hai..par har alfaaz shayari nahi..pyar toh sab karte hai..par har pyar junooniyat nahi'. Another way goes like 'Ek hawa chooke gayi abhi abhi ... chandni pighal abhi abhi ... yeh mujhe kya ho gaya ... yeh kahan main kho gaya'.
In one of his interviews he had said that the most difficult thing in the world is to touch anybody's heart and we need more love stories. Yes, that's so true but we as an audience deserve much more when it comes to story-telling.
The picturesque locations and some soul-stirring music are the only things that hold your attention.
Combo-on-offer: Mushy Romance+ Good Music
Verdict: We give 'Junooniyat' 'SLAPS' for its cliched love story. At one point of time Pulkit's Jahan says, 'Jahan pyar hota hai wahan khalish nahi hoti ... aur agar khalish ho toh samjho pyar tha hi nahi'. Watching this film is exactly that!