Jabariya Jodi Reviews (Top Critics)

By Anupama Chopra

Bihar seems to be having a moment at the movies. After Super 30 comes Jabariya Jodi, about pakadwa shaadi - the unique Bihari practice of kidnapping grooms to avoid paying dowry. The film has been written by Sanjeev K. Jha who is from Bihar. Sanjeev said in an interview that he has seen or heard all the events portrayed in the film. His exact words were: "You cannot write a completely fake story. If it has got nothing to do with reality, then it appears artificial."

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By Susri Sahu (2.5/5)

Based on Pakadva Vivah that prevails in Bihar and some smaller town in India, Jabariya Jodi narrates the story of a thug (Abhay Singh) who kidnaps grooms in order to help them avoid paying out heavy dowries for their wedding. With the entry of the heroine, his whole ambition in life goes topsy-turvy.And not because he is madly in love but because inka focus "bistar se zyaada kursi pe hai". What ensues though is a battle or hearts and the girl (Babli Yadav) turning the kidnapper.

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By Devesh Sharma (2.5/5)

Abhay Singh (Sidharth Malhotra) is the son and right-hand man of his father Hukum Dev Singh (Javed Jaffrey) who specialises is groom kidnappings. Babli Yadav (Parineeti Chopra) is a feisty girl who lands up in jail after she beats up some guys. As a result, her father (Sanjay Mishra) finds it hard to get her married. He approaches Hukum Dev, who promises to get the job done.

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Those of us who are familiar with the structure of a film or its script would know the idea of the beginning, the middle and the end that constitutes any film. The Hindi film format that gets divided into two parts - pre-interval and post -often gets wobbly, with not one but two diametrically opposite narratives trying to achieve a distinct purpose.

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By Gayatri Nirmal (3/5)

"Surprise party sune ho?" If not, well, then you are in for a surprise and no prizes for guessing what that surprise is. As the name suggests, the film is based on groom kidnapping, a practice prevalent in Bihar where eligible bachelors are abducted and married off forcefully to girls who can't afford to pay dowry. The story builds up with young Abhay Singh (Sidharth Malhotra) and Babli Yadav's (Parineeti Chopra) love for each other - the innocence and purity portrayed in that love is touching.

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By Umesh Punwani (3/5)

Set in Bihar, the story revolves around two main leads in Abhay (Sidharth Malhotra) and Babli (Parineeti Chopra). Both of them liked each other, once, when they were kids. Years later, we see Babli is worried no one will marry her and Abhay becomes the mafia who extorts grooms forcing them to get married. Abhay picks up only those grooms who demand dowry and because of this, he finds a silver lining in what he does.

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By Sukanya Verma (2/5)

The last time Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra came together on screen, it started with their childhood and ended in crashing a wedding. The duo follows the exact same sequence. Only Jabariya Jodi is not even a fraction as fun or endearing as Hasee Toh Phasee. After 143 minutes and 30 excruciating seconds, I'm not sure what it's about.

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By Priyanka Sinha Jha (2.5/5)

Anyone who has grown up in Bihar will tell you that Biharis have a unique way of resolving domestic problems. One of such methods is the practice of Pakadwa Vivaah or forced marriage. More often than not, this twisted practice of weddings-on-gunpoint is resorted to in the case of high dowry demands from families of prospective grooms, a troubling idea of social justice indeed.

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By Bollywood Hungama (3/5)

JABARIYA JODI is the story of two equals, who come from different worlds. In 2005, two kids - Abhay Singh (Aryan Arora) and Babli Yadav (Gurket Kaur) - fall in love in the Madhopur village in Bihar. But Babli's mother catch them red handed. She and Babli's father Duniya Lal (Sanjay Mishra) decide to leave Madhopur and shift to Patna. Cut to present day. Abhay Singh (Sidharth Malhotra) is now an adult and works with his father Hukum Dev Singh (Jaaved Jaaferi).

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By Vishal Verma (2/5)

Abhay Singh (Sidharth Malhotra) son of a strong man Hukum Dev Singh (Javed Jaffrey) runs the business of kidnapping greedy grooms, who demand dowry in Bihar's Madhopur. Things change when Abhay Singh's bachpan ka pyaar does the palat war ( matlab his childhood love comes back) as the feisty bindass Babli (Parineeti Chopra).

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By Nandini Ramnath (1.5/5)

Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra reunite after the entertaining comedy Hasee Toh Phasee (2014) for a movie that takes its title too seriously. In the inexplicably convoluted and unforgivably long Jabariya Jodi, inimical ideas are forced together in much the same way as unwilling men and women are bullied into matrimony. The excuse: the social menace of dowry.

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Hindustan Times
By Jyoti Sharma Bawa (1.5/5)

Jabariya Jodi could have been a lot of things; a scathing indictment of the evil of dowry, a social drama on the novel but illegal solution to that ill which only a state as 'jugaadu' as Bihar could have come up with - pakadwa vivaah - or a satire about what such a forced coupling can do to a man, a woman and the society.

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The Indian Express
By Shubhra Gupta (1/5)

Groom-kidnapping in Bihar is not a new subject for Bollywood. But Jabariya Jodi is the first to spin a story around it with A list stars. Sidhartha Malhotra, Parineeti Chopra and a host of talented actors come together for this kidnap-'em-and-marry-'em-off tale. But from start to finish, there's isn't a single shred of conviction on display.

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By Anna M.M. Vetticad (0.5/5)

The road to cinematic hell is paved with concepts that must have sounded good on paper. A handsome young man who abducts grooms for a living falls in love with an irrepressible young woman. Those who know Bihar well will be familiar with Abhay Singh's trade: his clients are the families of unmarried women who cannot afford the dowry being demanded by potential grooms, and therefore get eligible men kidnapped and forcibly married to their daughters.

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By Lakshana N Palat (1.5/5)

Lately, Bollywood has taken on social issues with a vengeance. While many like Pad Man and Article 15 attempt to deal with touchy themes with sensitivity, others leave you scrambling to look for the message frantically. Sadly, Jabariya Jodi, starring Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra, falls in the second category. The film focuses on the problematic concept of pakadwah vivah (groom kidnapping), which is a deadly custom prevalent in the Northern part of the country, including UP and Bihar.

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The Times Of India
By Ronak Kotecha (2.5/5)

Abhay Singh (Sidharth Malhotra) runs a syndicate of kidnapping greedy grooms, who demand dowry in Bihar's Madhopur. He then, forcefully marries them off to the girl, calling it a 'surprise party'. But when his childhood sweetheart Babli (Parineeti Chopra) re-enters his life, he must choose between love and his long-term ambitions.

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By Saibal Chatterjee (1/5)

The male protagonist of Jabariya Jodi, a goon who revels in abducting dowry-seeking boys and compelling them to do marry against their will, takes eons to figure out that, be it pyaar or shaadi, the use of force should be a strict no-no. But no force in the world can stop the makers of this nondescript film from gravitating towards the pits. Not that they make any effort at a reversal. The audience, on its part, does not have to wait for two and a half hours to sense how disastrous this haphazard Bollywood take on Bihar's forced marriages is going to be. Each minute of Jabariya Jodi, one as baffling as the other, feels like a lifetime wasted.

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