As I left the Good Luck Jerry screening, I had to take a moment to wrap my head around what I had just seen. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a movie that I really enjoyed. There have been a number of films released this year – a mix of experimental films that have somewhat succeeded in achieving what they were set up for, and a few downright bad films that made me question my life decisions. But when I left Good Luck Jerry I felt like I was walking out of a pre-pandemic Aanand L Rai or Priyadarshan movie, and what a good feeling that was!
Starring Janhvi Kapoor in the lead role, Good Luck Jerry is the official remake of the Tamil movie Kolamaavu Kokila starring Nayanthara in the lead role. Now, before I go any further, I haven’t watched the original yet, so I won’t be able to compare the two projects. That said, I think it was a good thing I didn’t watch the original before reviewing it.
Good Luck Jerry revolves around a young, innocent girl named Jerry who lives with her widowed mother and younger sister. To make ends meet, her mom (Mita Vashisht) sells momos, while Jerry is a masseuse who tries to help run the family, but doesn’t have her mom’s approval for her professional life. Jerry’s life takes a tragic turn when her mother is diagnosed with lung cancer.
With no money in hand, she crosses paths with a drug supplier who will supply her with drugs in Punjab in exchange for good money. Since it paid her mother’s medical bills, Jerry takes on the work and does it with ease. But after almost getting caught by a cop, Jerry decides to give up the job. Her boss Timmy (Jaswant Singh Dalal), who is head over heels for her, refuses to let her go. In her attempt to escape the drug world, her family gets involved. To save her family, Timmy’s boss (played by Sushant Singh) orders her to deliver 100 kilograms of drugs to a customer. Can she complete the biggest delivery and save her family? Well, you’ll have to see the movie to find out.
But what we can tell you is that you should give the movie a shot. Janhvi has grown as an actor and it shows in Good Luck Jerry. She manages to keep the Bihari accent throughout the film, although a hint of Janhvi’s real self started to appear towards the climax. After being thrown out of her comfort zone, Janhvi easily adapts to the new character and style of storytelling.
Although Janhvi is in the middle of Good Luck Jerry, the film is well supported by the supporting cast. Deepak Dobriyal is a scene stealer as always! Deepak, who plays the part of a one-sided lover, leaves you in crevices every time he’s on screen. Sahil Mehta enters as a surprise. He plays the role of the hot-headed Jigar who is always ready to pull the trigger and light up the screen with his presence. Saurabh Sachdeva, Sushant Singh and Mita Vashisht get enough screen time to perform, although I would have liked to see more of Mita and her bond with Janhvi.
Another factor that plays in Good Luck Jerry’s favor is the pace and montage. Given the numerous subplots that open up along the way and it features different characters, the pace manages to keep the film together. At some point, the film begins to show shades of Aanand L Rai movies, such as Tanu Weds Manu, and Priyadarshan’s style of story execution.
However, the struggle with writing begins to surface in the climactic portion. Director Sidharth Sengupta seems to be struggling to create newer subplots that would lead to the end of the film. In an effort to re-layer and tie up loose ends as quickly as possible, the film begins to tangle. This results in a mishmash of a climax. It takes some time to process how each spin connects to the others. I needed a little ironing there.
A special mention of inclusion and getting the dialects right. Bollywood has long had a problem getting certain dialects right. But this film manages to correct it to some extent. Since the film is mainly based on Punjab and Delhi, Sengupta has included a number of cultures in the film and got most of their accent rights. Finally you hear Bollywood speak the right kind of Punjabi, enough to help laymen understand.
Final thoughts: Good Luck Jerry is chaotic and fun, evoking memories of simple comedies like Hungama and Tanu Weds Manu. I wish this was a theatrical release.
Good Luck Jerry is now streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.
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