A busy schedule but mostly laziness has kept me away from my blog for a long time now, despite a few regular readers of my movie reviews almost ordering me to write something!
So here’s a movie that had me laughing long after I left the theatre, which ensued when I met someone else who had seen it. Love Punjab! Confession: the only reason I went in to see it was because I couldn’t get tickets for another movie. Thank God for that!
The movie starts on a note where a couple with one son hasn’t got it going well and they decide to part ways. In the meanwhile, their son, because of the separation and the jokes he has to hear about being an Indian falls in depression. The doctor advises them to take the child to India, in order that he feels proud of his roots. But the biggest obstacle: how will they ever make India, especially a village in Punjab appear to be better than Canada? Enter, Sarpanch Brar, the grandfather, who is given this job.
The Sarpanch gathers the villagers and tries to convince them to mend their ways. An ardent follower of his delivers an inspiring speech, hoping to hear the passionate voices shouting Inquilab Zindabad, but having to contend with silence. It is only when the Sarpanch promises to give them money, do the voices raise in Unison!
The results are amazing and rib tickling with the Sarpanch having managed to transform the village wherein the farmers work in Bhangra attire, the ladies sing and dance to the fields, banners displaying that ‘we respect girl child’ hung on random trees, a very London telephone booth, the villagers declaring within the child’s earshot as to how Americans, Canadians and Ugandans are vying for ‘Punjab Citizenship’! and the villagers evading tactfully the inquisitive questions of the child asked in English by replying that ‘kamm de vele asi English nahi bolde’! The couple predictably gets together in the end and the child is happy!
All the actors, barring the lead, Amrinder Gill, have done a wonderful job. ‘A’ simply loved the grandparents and their totally rustic way of fighting with each other. Binnu Dhillon had a small albeit totally funny role. I still the dialogues he delivered with his Chinese wife and the food prepared by her. He tries to fix up his sister with the lead while his wife is away.
All in all, a wonderful movie, which will have you laughing all throughout. Probably one of the best that I’ve seen, after carry on Jatta! Will I be able to see it again? Of Course! Just let me know when you’re going 🙂
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