Verdict: Gippy Grewal shines in this romantic comedy.
Manje Bistre is being presented as a Baisakhi gift to the audience. It has a mammoth starcast of superbly talented people like Gippy Grewal, Sonam Bajwa, Karamjit Anmol, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Rana Ranbir et al. There’s much pre-release hype involved with Manje Bistre, and viewers are looking forward to this Gippy-Sonam starrer romantic comedy. Do the makers manage to live upto the viewer’s expectations? Thankfully, YES!
Sukhi (Gippy Grewal), while preparing for his sister’s wedding, meets Rano (Sonam Bajwa) and immediately falls in love with her. Rano, being Sukhi’s friend, is hesitant. Sukhi too finds it difficult to convey his feelings to her. But when he does, she reveals that she is already engaged to someone else. Once Sukhi realizes that Rano too likes her, he goes out of his way to get married to her. How he manages to succeed in his endeavours forms the rest of the story.
If you're attempting a rom-com, you need to get a few things right.
One, the romance should be livewire. Ditto for the chemistry between the on-screen pair. Two, the film should make you laugh. As simple as that! Manje Bistre succeeds in both departments.
The romantic moments involving Gippy and Sonam are endearing. Although the era showcased in the movie is the 1980’s but the romance between the lead couple is relatable and electrifying. Comedy is a serious business and Manje Bistre is funny in most parts. The highlight of the movie is the characters involved in the wedding preparations. Their constant ridiculing of each other brings the house down.
On the flip side, the film could've done with a fresh plotline. Romantic stories often fall prey to predictability, and Manje Bistre is no exception.
Nevertheless, the execution of the story, ambience, dialogues and powerful performance by the entire cast makes Manje Bistre a full-on entertainer.
Gippy Grewal is a fantastic actor and Manje Bistre proves it yet again. He's charismatic, emotes exceptionally well and tickles your funny bone. He has also written the story and screenplay of the movie and manages to engage the audience well for over two hours. Sonam Bajwa scores in both emotional and light scenes.
The entertainment factor of Manje Bistre relies heavily on the light moments shared between the various characters of the movie. The writer and director make sure that everyone on the screen is present for a reason. Besides Gippy and Sonam, all the other characters get meaty roles as well. Karamjit Anmol gets the best of dialogues and is exceptionally funny. Rana Ranbir, Gurpreet Ghuggi, B.N. Sharma, Jaggi Singh, Rana Jung Bahadur, Hobby Dhaliwal, Harby Sangha, Sardar Sohi, Seema Kaushal, Sara Gurpal deliver remarkable performances.
As a director, by far, this is Baljit Singh Deo’s best work till date. This is the third time Gippy and Baljit have joined hands for a project. He proves the naysayers wrong and bounces back with a film that people of all age groups would relate to. He is an experienced DOP and deserves a special mention. Rana Ranbir’s dialogues are first-rate. The music (Jay K & Jaison Thind) is average. The title track and ‘Vekh ke hasdi’ are the pick of the lot.
-By Gurlove Singh