Many people recommended Jatt & Juliet on my quora post. After I saw Diljit Dosanjh in Udta Punjab, Jatt & Juliet moved to the top of the list. I was completely taken with Diljit in Udta Punjab, and he was one of the best things about that film. In Udta Punjab, he played a very quiet policeman who was shy in romance, but who could step up with the action when needed.
Diljit’s role of Fateh Singh in Jatt & Juliet is a bit different. It’s a romantic comedy and he has a zany manic energy that reminded me very much of Varun Dhawan in Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania. Margaret of Don’t Call It Bollywood compared Jatt & Juliet to DDLJ. It does have the hate to love similar trope in the first half of the film. But Diljit has this silly energy about him that reminded me more of Varun in Humpty — also because Pooja (Neeru Bajwa) is the rich girl that seems out of reach to Fateh.
Fateh’s goal is to marry a Canadian white girl and become a resident in Canada. He meets Pooja at the airport and the sit together on the flight where he annoys her no end with his antics and incessant patter. Pooja is flying to Vancouver to attend fashion school.
Pooja is robbed when she’s about to put down a deposit on an apartment. She hesitates to ask her parents for help because she doesn’t want them to tell her to come home. She and Fateh end up living in the same rental house. And then they end up working at competing next door restaurants. Pooja thinks Fateh is ridiculous with his talking to his biceps every morning, and he loves to tease and torment her, nicknaming her “pest”.
There is an annoying subplot in the first half where Pooja helps Fateh scam their landlady’s white step-daughter to try to get Fateh a white Canadian bride. That leads to both being kicked out of the rental house.
After the interval, they are both in dire straights and have to help each other. Their competing restaurants were once one, owned by an estranged married couple. They get the owners back together to save the restaurants from bankruptcy, and bond by working together.
This was what I loved about their romance. It wasn’t a bolt of lightning love at first sight. It was gradual. Little acts of caring. Sharing work together, and teasing each other, and the romance happening organically.
This is where the sweet Diljit I loved from Udta Punjab shone through in Jatt & Juliet.
Just like DDLJ, there’s another fiance for Pooja, and some misunderstandings on Fateh’s journey to get together with Pooja. It has a great ending.
These two actors have fantastic chemistry together, and I’m looking forward to watching Jatt & Juliet 2. Both films were mega hits in Punjabi cinema.
The negatives for me for Jatt & Juliet were some of the silly comedy side bits. Instead of a comedy uncle like in Telugu films, there was sort of a comedy cousin. Not that funny to me, but it may have also been the subtitles not portraying language play.
The other negative was that there weren’t enough songs! Diljit Dosanjh is a leading Punjabi rapper singer, and he just lights up the screen in the song sequences and dance numbers. I’m guessing it was the lower budget for a Punjabi film that limited the number of dance sequences, and maybe there are more in the sequel. This one was my favorite from a wedding in the film:
Three and a half stars out of five. I’m hearing that after Diljit’s Bollywood debut in Udta Punjab, that he is looking for more Bollywood roles. That’s great news, because he is a real talent. After seeing what he can do in this low budget dance song, I can only imagine what he would be like in a full blown Bollywood number.