There is some good news and bad news. First, the good news: Indoo Ki Jawani featuring giggle-giggle Kiara Advani in the title role is a comedy. Now for the bad news – the comedy is not funny. At all! In the trailer that was outed on Monday, not a single moment induced a shred of hilarity. God knows we need laughter at a time like this. But honestly, I can’t force myself to feel tickled by the dating anxieties of Indoo, who I presume is a Hindoo. Her co-star, played by the affable Aditya Seal, is definitely not. He is from Pakistan and a suspected terrorist. Why does Indoo the Hindoo think Samar, the newcomer, to be a terrorist? Because his favourite film is Kashmir Ki Kali.
Kashmir, get it? This is as funny as the trailer gets. I sincerely hope the best jokes are being saved up for the big screen. Because what we see here is really stretching the lower limits of comedy. By the way, why are small town heroines almost invariably shown to be men-crazy and obsessed with getting hitched? All in good time! Why don’t they relax?
As for Indoo’s Jawaani, where is it running away to? Would someone please tell her there is more to life than dying over guys she meets on ‘Dinder’. Yes, that’s how Indoo’s bossy best friend played by the typecast Mallika Dua pronounces it. Anyway, what’s for Dinder? Tandoori turkey? Hopefully not. “Madame, I am not a terrorist. Mujhe koi attack-wattack nahin karna,” pleads Aditya. Terrorism as a joke. That’s all we need. Maybe the sequel to Indoo Ki Jawaani would be about Indoo’s next date who may be a suspected Covid-19.