Gaddi nikalo, aur Gedi maarne chalo!
Review: A wedding, a family, a lost car, and a cutely funny Dad v/s Son duel. That pretty much summarizes Y Film’s latest offering directed by debutante, Ashima Chibber. Like a typical Punjabi setting, the first thing you hear in the film is a song voiced by the new favorite on the Hindi/Punjabi music scene, Honey Singh better known as Yo Yo Honey Singh. Then there is the superbly planned city of Chandigarh. French architect, Le Corbusier probably would grin from ear to ear to know that the city he planned those many years back will someday become a favorite amongst modern city-dwellers and the film industry. Cut to the chase, the film is a simple story spread over 3 days with everything from a strange encounter with the cops to a perilous adventure with a black marketeer and his minions as well as a love story. Gen Y, truly. Everything happens at jet-speed. All-in-all, a rather entertaining watch, minus the unnecessary elements thrown in.
The funny promos will definitely pull the masses to the theaters, for it’s not just the story one looks for – there’s Ram Kapoor – the new Dad in B-town who still makes so many women – young or old go weak in their knees owing to his cute avatar in a popular prime-time television serial. And then there’s Saqib Saleem – who made his presence felt in Y Films’, Mujhse Fraandship Karoge – another new-age love story based on Social Media’s ability to make you fall in love (these things happen, however fabricated they may sound). Following the previous film’s association, is Prabal Panjabi, another extremely talented actor. It’s true what they say, about a good role, however small, can still work wonders for someone. While Ravi Kissen and Rhea Chakraborty have a considerable amount of proving to do in the film, the three people who were truly ‘man’ning the show were Ram Kapoor, Saqib Saleem and Prabal Panjabi. It would be an over-estimation if I wouldn’t admit that a certain portion in the film did bore me a little, thankfully the run time was justified completely.
The streets of Chandigarh and the Punjabi-ness of the film will however, appeal to our audiences in North India mostly. If you have visited the city, you may feel very ‘in-the-mode’, more so, if you’ve spent years studying there. For me, it’s like having visited the city through the stories I’ve heard floating around. It’s no wonder why words like Gedi and Canal had me smiling away to glory.
Both Saqib Saleem and Prabal Panjabi seem so real in front of the camera, with just two films they’ve gathered a considerable number of fans and followers (on Twitter), both of them surely have a long way to go. Having said that, Rhea Chakraborty did well as Chandigarh ki Shakira, I guess we’d prefer an Indian counterpart for Hollywood Goddess, Julia Roberts when it comes to one’s acting prowess.
With the right emotions in place, good acting and a semi-superb story, Meri Dad Ki Maruti will garner a good response from the audiences pan-India. As of right now, Punjabiyan Di Battery plays in my head, honestly speaking, it’s not just the Punjabis, but a large chunk who’ll feel the spunk once the film is over. A complete Battery-charge.