Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey Review
The slap was the most famous tool used by kind-hearted men in Malayalam cinema to put ladies who drift beyond the "limits" in their place till a few years ago. Most frequently, guys who slap women in films are shown to be acting ethically. The slaps have all but vanished from modern movies due to the passage of time.
Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey by Vipin Das, as Jayabharati (Darshana Rajendran) informs a relative of her husband Rajesh (Basil Joseph), the slaps have returned with an act of revenge, a total of twenty-one slaps in just six months. The primary difference is that the person who slaps pays the price rather than being regarded as a hero.
However, this may make it sound like an unfortunate, realistic movie about patriarchy and domestic abuse. Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey features some hilariously ridiculous humour. It stands out from other films on the topic because the creators cleverly managed to make it a joyful experience while simultaneously getting across the lesson of the storyline.
Basil Joseph, Darshana Rajendran, Aju Varghese, Azeez Nedumangad, Sudheer Paravoor, and other actors make up the main cast of Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey.
Intelligent and ambitious Jayabharathi, or Jaya, comes from a middle-class household. Under the excuse of protecting her, her family and dominating maternal uncle make all her decisions. Even though it was pretty expensive, her parents actively cared about her brother's future and enrolled him in college. However, when Jaya's turn came around, they enrolled her at a nearby, similar institution without considering her passions or interests. Despite everything, Jaya occasionally rebels against her parents and attempts to take charge of her life. Her parents decide to marry Jaya off before she completes her schooling after one such rebellion, which involved an affair with an outwardly progressive and feminist college lecturer who was an insecure and possessive sexist.
Despite having no formal education and little experience outside of the poultry industry, Rajesh, a poultry farm owner, is seen as the ideal match for Jaya, mainly after he permits her to continue her studies. Jaya learns that Rajesh is short-tempered, aggressive, and careless of others once they marry. He also unfairly delays Jaya's education. He is confident that everything in the house should proceed according to his likes and dislikes and is set in his ways. As a few days pass, Rajesh begins physically attacking Jaya. It becomes routine in "Raj Bhavan" for him to slap her for the least of reasons. Jaya makes an effort to win her parents' support. But they advise her to "adjust" and act like the perfect wife.
Jaya soon comes to the harsh realisation that no one will help her. Jaya decides to act rather than wait for Rajesh to improve as a husband. Unknown to anybody, she begins studying Taekwondo on YouTube and practices in her bathroom and bedroom. Rajesh eventually tries to steal Jaya's phone, but Jaya throws him into a table and punches him. Rajesh keeps quiet about this out of fear of embarrassment before finally telling his cousin Ani how to handle it. He begins studying karate to exact consequences. To blackmail Jaya, he puts his phone on video and encourages her to punch him. He gets kicked into the phone by her, which is horrible.
After this incident, Rajesh and Jaya's mother is called to the location. The issue was settled when Rajesh and Jaya apologised to one another formally. Ani and Rajesh try to convince Jaya that Rajesh has improved so they can conceive her and bind her to family life. For a while, it works, and Jaya gets pregnant while believing Rajesh is a better and more devoted husband.
At a doctor's appointment, Rajesh seems to know more about her most recent period than she does, which makes her wonder whether he has been trying to get her pregnant. She becomes more suspicious when she notices a hint of a "plan" in a message between Rajesh and Ani. When Jaya confronts Rajesh and adamantly acknowledges that he hasn't changed and that he and Ani planned to make her pregnant so that she would have to stay at home with the child, the truth is revealed. When she hears this, she is shocked, which raises her blood pressure and results in a miscarriage.
Jaya's and Rajesh's families blame Jaya for the miscarriage that led her to leave them and move in with a working women's hostel with the help of her brother. She tries to start a tailoring business, but because her degree is incomplete, she has problems getting a loan. The phone repairers post the video of Jaya and Rajesh's fight on the internet, where it quickly becomes popular. The fact that Jaya beat him up in front of everyone wounds Rajesh's ego, and he files for divorce. He regrets that, compared to males who depend on women for their needs, women may keep their happiness even after divorce because they can meet their own needs. Rajesh's rival, whom he had previously refused to assist, begins to steal customers from Rajesh's company.
The court's chief judge initially criticised Jaya for beating Rajesh while assuming his innocence. The truth is revealed when Jaya claims that Rajesh didn't tell her about the divorce and that Jaya was only made aware of it after it was filed in court. Rajesh displays his sexist and arrogant behaviours in front of the female judge in court. Rajesh is called out by the judge for his ignorance of a woman's needs and place in a family. She informs Rajesh that women need equality, liberty, and justice in a secure household. She then instructs the pair to resolve everything.
Before signing the divorce papers, Jaya sarcastically compares their first meeting to the cost of chicken. She admits that she reduced the price of her chicken and took over an opponent's poultry farm after Rajesh declined to do so. Her business saw better profits due to the business decisions she made. In the last scene, Jaya handles Rajesh's men, who had come to threaten the company's former owner to force him to increase his prices.
Review from Different Platforms
Review from Times of India
Jayabharati (Darshana Rajendran) was raised by her father, who aspired to be like the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. However, she ends up living a life similar to any other middle-class lady, getting married even before finishing her degree. She married Rajesh (Basin Joseph), the owner of a chicken farm. His mother describes him as a very kind guy.
Rajesh once slaps Jaya for preparing a fresh breakfast dish. In the morning, he eats kadala curry and idiyappam. Then, for absurd reasons, slapping becomes normal. However, when she talked to her parents, they advised her to "adjust." She is occupied with household work and making Rajesh's life comfortable because she cannot finish school or get a job. She once kicked Rajesh after he slapped her. He feels humiliated by this, and as his rage grows, he decides to learn karate to fight his wife. And when he resorts to violence once more, things get serious. The rest of the story, Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey, is what occurs after that.
Following Muddugauv, Vipin Das creates another film that focuses on women, attempting to illustrate the unpleasant married life of a middle-class lady in which she is expected to adapt and is nevertheless held responsible for everything. In this film, he highlights that today's women are not prepared to remain silent while their husbands mistreat them, and he puts up a mirror of the patriarchal hypocrisies of society.
Characters, like the teacher portrayed by Aju Varghese beautifully capture this issue. He was her first love but slapped her when she changed her social media profile photo without his consent. However, despite having excellent intentions, the topic and the idea stay on track when it gets too long.
Basin Joseph and Darshana performed excellently, and Sudheer Paravoor and Aju Varghese provided strong support?a funny film with a profound lesson for everyone?young and old.
Review from IMDb
Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey is a short movie that makes its point quickly, but the narrative, production, and acting keep you engaged the entire time. It would be simple to categorise JJJJH as Jeo Baby's The Great Indian Kitchen's funnier alternate, but it is much more than that. Everyone can tell Jaya's (Darshana Rajendran, who is in outstanding form throughout) life is being shaped by people other than herself from the moment the opening titles play. The movie also portrays how the family forces her to make decisions (against her will). It is a giggle riot, as several reviews have rightly stated. Here, the humour is created by circumstances that every person has experienced in real life and is delivered in a relevant way by the entire cast.
The chuckles get bigger and better once the writing becomes calmer. There is a sense of nostalgia due to a few storyline developments (particularly from Sreenivasan movies like Vadakkunokkiyanthram). The performances offer a new perspective, and their treatment of them is unexpectedly modern. Since Jaya's story makes up most of the movie's curve, JJJJH excels when it sticks to her point of view. Even though they are used funnily, several of the strategies Jeo Baby used in his film are utilised here./p>
Jeo Baby often portrays the protagonist's life as mechanically routine, for example, by showing us images of the dark kitchen. In this situation, patriarchal conditioning leads Rajesh to slap his wife (up to 21 times in six months), then immediately make up for her by bringing her to the movies, eating out, and ordering his favourite foods - the cycle of events repeating itself.
Basil Joseph makes Rajesh incredibly simple to hate and continues to improve as a performer with each new movie. He serves as the incorrect role model for guys in 2022 who continue to believe that being vulnerable is less masculine. He also thinks that the women in his life?including his mother, sister, and wife?are the only tools he can use to get what he wants done.
The supporting actors provide the necessary support and provide humour and brutal reality. Special congratulations to Sudheer Paravoor, Azees Nedumangad, the woman who played Rajesh's mother, and many others who made the movie a super hit. Another exciting scene occurs in the courtroom at the end, where various offences against women are pointed out and addressed.
After 33 days, 'Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey' officially earned Rs 28 crores at the Kerala Box Office. According to reports, the movie has made Rs. 12.65 crores abroad and Rs. 2.25 crores in the rest of India. The fact that a low-budget film like "Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey" made Rs. 42.9 crores shows that audiences still prefer well-written, relevant stories over cinematic stunts, actors with high star power, and intensive advertising.
Hit or Fail
Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey Movie Hit or Flop: Super Hit
On October 28, 2022, Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey was released in theatres, and despite having a small budget, it has proven to be a massive success at the box office. The movie, an attack on gender norms, earned mainly positive reviews from reviewers and viewers.