Verdict: A decent effort to showcase the dilemma of NRI Punjabis.
Someone who understands Punjabi culture would know that there are two kinds of Punjabis. First, who are in India and want to move abroad. Second, who are in abroad and want to move back to Punjab. Aate Di Chidi is based on this concept where a family’s head is keen to move back to Punjab while his children have no particular affinity towards Punjab. The makers choose to showcase this story in a comic way. Do they succeed in entertaining the audience? Let’s analyze.
What’s Aate Di Chidi About:
An expatriate Punjabi family heads to India after years of being away from the homeland. While the elders long to return to their roots, the young ones in the family are not too keen on this homecoming and hope to return to Canada soon. As both the generations vie to prove their point to one another, a hilarious series of events ensues.
Without an iota of doubt, the story of Aate Di Chidi is absolutely relatable. The film scores on the story front. The magnetic pull of Punjab that Punjabis living in foreign lands feel and also the lust of these very foreign lands for Punjabis living in India have is every household’s story.
Aate Di Chidi starts off with the problems faced by Sardar Sohi’s family. The audiences are introduced to the fact that everything is not green in the lives of the NRIs. Throughout the first half, the viewer is made aware that once Punjabis reach a foreign country, the problems start right there. Thus starts the race to earn more money and a wish to move back to Punjab to pay the debts.
The second half portrays the reality of today’s Punjab. Once the family comes to visit Punjab, they are shocked to see how much Punjab has changed with respect to people’s mindset and governance. It’s a hardcore reality check for NRI Punjabis.
Amrit Maan is a decent performer. He is surrounded by experienced and immensely talented artists and is thus overshadowed at times. Sardar Sohi is stupendous and is by far the show stopper here. Karamjit Anmol provides adequate laughs.
Harry Bhatti does a decent job. His forte is emotional scenes and is not all that comfortable in comedy. He tries to do complete justice to the story in hand.
What Could’ve Been Better:
The makers have tried to mix comedy into a serious subject and it works in parts. A few characters seem to get more importance and screen space than optimum. Moreover, the film may make you feel that the Punjabis are unhappy in Punjab as well as a foreign country. We would’ve liked to see more of Neeru Bajwa.
Why You Should Watch:
Aate Di Chidi must be watched for its relatable storyline. Someone who hails from Punjab and is residing in the foreign land must see this movie to know the reasons why they feel like moving back to Punjab and why it is possible to be happy wherever you are.