Tu Jhoothi Main Makkar: Luv Ranjan’s Rom-Com Entertains Till It Lasts

Revives the rom-com genre.

Tu Jhoothi Main Makkar (Hindi)

  • Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Anubhav Singh Bassi, Dimple Kapadia, Boney Kapoor and Hasleen Kaur; special appearances by Karthik Aryan and Nushrratt Bharuccha
  • Writer-director: Luv Ranjan
  • Producers: Luv Ranjan and Ankur Garg
  • Music: Pritam
  • Runtime: 2 hours 39 minutes

Tu Jhoothi Main Makkar comes at a time when there is a severe drought of quintessential romantic films. Its success is necessary for the revival of this genre.

Its director Luv Ranjan started his career with a small film titled Pyaar Ka Punchnama. Not much was expected of it but the movie ended up being a moderate hit. Since then, Luv created a brand for himself.

Except for Akaash Vani (2013), his filmography largely consisted of projects where friends come before love. Girlfriends are always the conniving type!

In Akaash Vani though, Luv Ranjan did address an important topic of martial abuse where the woman finally walks out of an abusive marriage. But the film didn’t find many takers.

But this time, Tu Jhoothi Main Makkar has enough crowd-pleasing moments to help it to sail through.


The film is about the second-generation Delhi-based businessman Mickey (Ranbir Kapoor).

He also has a side business of helping people break up relationships. Except for his niece, no one else in the family knows about Mickey’s side business.

Anubhav Singh Bassi plays Mickey’s best friend-cum-business partner. Mickey believes that what he does is an art. All this is established wonderfully in the first fifteen minutes.

During a vacation, Mickey sees Nisha Malhotra (Shraddha Kapoor). Sparks fly immediately and in no time, they are head over heels for each other. Now, this part of the story has problems which I will talk about later.

Things take an unexpected turn before the interval when Micky’s expertise works in reverse to hurt him.

Nisha wants to break up with Mickey and she contacts him for help, without knowing that he is the very same person with whom she is trying to part with.

The rest of the story is about why Nisha wants to break up with Mickey and what eventually happens.

Routine love track

Luv Ranjan wastes no time in establishing the world of Mickey, his boisterous joint family headed by Dimple Kapadia and also his side business.

Dimple Kapadia plays this loud yet caring mother.

The niece (Inayat Verma) is the youngest of the family. Her scenes with Ranbir are particularly a laugh riot.

The bro-romance between Ranbir and Anubhav Singh Bassi has certain warmth. We instantly connect with their friendship.

The proceedings start stagnating when the scene shifts to Spain. The boy-meets-girl scenes have a distinct hangover of Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha but not in a good way.

The love story is very haphazardly written with no head or tail to it. It is high time that writers think of better ways to establish a love story with proper nuances.

However, Ranbir’s infectious energy coupled with Pritam’s chart-busting soundtrack does make you tide over these portions.

An engaging second half

The twist at the interval point sets the base for a more engaging second half and the film gets better.

The cameos of Karthik Aryan and Nushrratt Bharuchha have been smartly integrated into the narrative.

The meta references to the Pyar Ka Punchnama along with Sonu Ki Titu Ki Sweety do bring a smile to your face.

Luv Ranjan cleverly incorporates references to both Alia Bhatt and some of Sooraj Barjatya’s films. These dialogues also bring some amusing moments.

The second half works more because of the relatable conflict point.

Shraddha fails to pull it off

Shraddha’s character of a career-oriented girl who needs her own space in life is something that many girls can identify with. Her fears about adjusting to a joint family have some heft.

But it also has to be said that her insecurities could have been dealt with in a better manner without her coming across as selfish.

It also doesn’t help that Shraddha hasn’t got the acting chops to pull off the high-octane scenes.

The pre-climax and the climax have the perfect mix of both hilarious and emotional moments. A particular mention must be made of the airport scene which has ample chaos but, this time, in a good way.

Pritam is back

For any love story to work, music is an important ingredient. After an average soundtrack in Shehzada, Pritam is back in form with Tu Jhoothi Main Makkar.

Except for Shraddha’s forgettable introductory number, the rest of the work is big time.

On one hand, there are the groovy “Tere Pyaar Mein” and “Pyaar Hota Kayi Baar Hai” songs.

On the other hand, “O Bedardeya” is a soulful romantic number where the pain and vulnerability of Mickey are beautifully conveyed by Ranbir.

The performances

After a hiatus, Ranbir returns to the romantic genre. As expected, he makes for a charming Mickey. The actor also pulls off lengthy dialogues with a certain panache.

Anubhav Singh Bassi as Mickey’s buddy is another major highlight of Tu Jhoothi Main Makkkar. His jokes and camaraderie with Ranbir are both spots on.

Dimple Kapadia has a commanding presence whenever she appears on the screen. Despite the high pitch, the senior actress is still adorable.

Boney Kapoor making his acting debut hasn’t got a lot to do. But still, he is reasonably good for a newcomer.

Hasleen Kaur is also impressive as Mickey’s sister.

Final take

In a nutshell, Tu Jhoothi Main Makkar does succeed in reviving the romantic comedy genre. Despite some hiccups in the first half, there is quite a lot to enjoy here.

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