Verdict: Ravinder Grewal’s issue-based film is an entertaining eye-opener.
It’s a known fact that once upon a time Indians were promised 15 lakhs each by a particular government. 15 Lakh Kado Aauga takes off from that moment when people start awaiting their promised amounts. Manpreet Brar‘s movie is a comic take on events that happened in the past and myths that the politicians made us all believe in.
What’s 15 Lakh Kadon Aauga About:
Jaswinder Singh aka Jassi (Ravinder Grewal) makes a living by committing small cons. On encountering a fake baba, he gets the idea of making large amount of money by becoming a Godman. He manages to convince a few people and soon turns villagers into his devotees. Believing in the words of a politician, he commits 15 lakhs to each villager. But his plan backfires as he, alongwith all the other villagers, realize that the 15 lakhs that was promised was just a myth.
15 Lakh Kadon Aauga has its heart in the right place. The issue raised in the film is familiar to one and all. Thus, there is an instant connect with the characters as well as the story. The film speaks a lot about the mindset, preparations, and wrong steps taken by people who were hoping to get the money into their accounts.
The initial scenes bring a smile on your face as Jassi performs cons, mostly harmless ones, to earn a living. His constantly nagging wife and cheerful kid are the only ones he wants to keep happy. The story takes off when he accidently reaches a village where he is misinterpreted as a baba. There are a few hilarious situations thrown into the screenplay which keep the proceedings interesting. The interval is perfectly placed as the viewer thinks how Jassi will manage to mend things.
The second hour is where the mode of the film shifts from funny to serious. The writer shifts gears smoothly after Jassi realizes that the politician’s promises were false. He tries to convince higher authorities, but all in vain. The culmination of the plot is apt which leaves you to think about what would’ve happened to hundreds of families like Jassi’s.
Ravinder Grewal does a fine job in 15 Lakh Kadon Aauga. He is a seasoned actor and that shows clearly in his performance. His confidence speaks for itself when he wears the get up of a baba. Pooja Verma has given a decent performance. The supporting cast of Hobby Dhaliwal, Malkeet Rauni, Gurpreet Bhangu, Seema Kaushal, Jaswant Rathore, Khiyali, and Ajay Jethi are first-rate.
What Could’ve Been Better:
The makers wanted to make a comic film out of a serious issue. Though they get most of the things right, the comedy lacks punches at times, something that Punjabi films ought to have.
Why You Should Watch:
15 Lakh Kado Aauga is an honest film made with the right intentions. It does not malign anyone’s image, but shouts out loud the happiness of Indians when they realized that they would get 15 lakhs each, and the subsequent misery that many went through when we showed dependency on those 15 lakhs. Watch it for Ravinder Grewal’s fine act and an immensely relatable story.