Punjabi filmmakers seem to be back with a bang – perhaps egged on by a bunch of lacklustre films in the last quarter that couldn’t generate critical acclaim, though they might have raked in enough moolah to cover invested money.
This Friday, we have Gippy Greal, looking and acting better than ever before, and Surveen Chawla, looking so sleek and stylish that she makes for an eye candy if you perhaps get tired of the action. That is, in fact, the only overwhelming factor in the film – action sequences that have ample time devoted to them.
Set in a village in Nabha, Gippy plays Nihal Singh Grewal, a no-gooder who lives with his ever-so-loving mother. In a strange twist of events, it so happens that Nihal’s villagers along with an antagonist aunt, force him to reveal the girl he claims to be in love with. Suddenly, Nihal, along with his buddy, played by the comically effervescent Binnu Dhillon, display the picture of Canadian citizen Jasnit Kaur aka Surveen Chawla, culled from the Facebook. Needless to say, technology has penetrated far and wide.
There set off a series of events, traversing Toronto in Canada and back to India, taking the audience through a ride filled with suspense. ‘Canada’s richest girl’ Jasnit is under constant threat to life, perhaps because she is soon to turn 21 and the entire property will legally be hers. Nihal, with his stunts from the other world, ends up being hired as her bodyguard.
One of Punjabi films’ greatest strengths is the work of its character artists. And they continue to add value to a project through their comical timing, dialogue delivery and expressions. Be it BN Sharma or Avtar Gill, no matter how miniscule their roles, there is certain relief when you see them around. Cinematography has been handled well, along with the shots chosen by the director of photography.
If director Navaniat Singh hadn’t loved action so much, there would have perhaps been no great reason to complain. Nevertheless, the comedy, script (even if a tad bit dependent on a lot of luck), the effort of newcomers such as Japji Khaira (though she can tone down her eagerness to act) and of course, the underlined message — nothing matches apna Punjab — make it for a fun watch.