Verdict: The Gippy Grewal-starrer is a complete package of entertainment.
The team that delivered one of the biggest blockbusters of Punjabi cinema – Carry On Jatta 2 – is back with Mar Gaye Oye Loko. Only this time, at the helm of things is the supremely talented Simerjit Singh and the leading lady is debutant Sapna Pabbi. The trailer of Mar Gaye Oye Loko looked extremely promising and the movie is arriving with much noise and hoopla. Will it be able to maintain the same stir as Carry On Jatta 2? Does it entertain the Punjabi audiences who enter the cinema halls expecting two hours of non-stop laughter? Let’s analyze further.
What’s Mar Gaye Oye Loko About:
Mar Gaye Oye Loko is about a simple boy, Tittu, and his journey to finally marry the girl of his dreams, Simran. She, in turn, happens to be interested in the local gangster, Gill Baiji. Gill Baiji gets shot by his arch-rival, Sidhu. In a case of mistaken identity, the Yamdoot takes away the soul of the wrong person. This soul must now try to live his life in somebody else’s body. But it’s easier said than done, giving rise to further confusion. This event changes Tittu’s fate forever.
Mar Gaye Oye Loko has an experimental yet catchy storyline. It’s not every day that Punjabi cine-goers watch a movie on death and afterlife. On paper, Mar Gaye Oye Loko is a refreshing script. Moreover, the lovable chemistry between the characters and the engaging execution make it a decent watch. The movie begins on a great note as the opening credits are well done and set the mood for the film. The initial reels where Gippy is shown deeply in love with Sapna are heartwarming. The film moves steadily as the characters are introduced one after the other and picks up pace after Binnu is killed. The scenes at Yamlok are an example of innovation at its best. The finale of the movie is convincing and apt.
Gippy Grewal is in a great form. He emotes well and handles the many shades of comedy, confusion, and helplessness with aplomb. Binnu Dhillon’s loud comedy is missed in the movie as he plays a dead body for most parts of the film. Karamjit Anmol is excellent as Yamdoot who makes a blunder by taking the wrong soul to Yamlok. Jaswinder Bhalla is hilarious as usual. Gurpreet Ghuggi’s accent is likely to be widely imitated. Sapna Pabbi is the surprise package of the film. She gets ample screen time to display histrionics and the young actress impresses.
Simerjit Singh’s direction has its trademark humor and it works for most parts of the film. He is better off in emotional and romantic scenes. Gippy Grewal’s story and screenplay work big time and the quirkiness is well added. The music (Jay K – Jassi Katyal, Snappy, Kuwar Virk, and Gurmeet Singh) is decent with Guru Randhawa’s Aaja Ni Aaja being the pick of the lot.
What Could’ve Been Better:
At times, the characters try too hard to make you laugh. The dialogues also seem forced at places.
Why You Should Watch:
On the whole, Mar Gaye Oye Loko is a fun, clean film that works despite the over-the-top comedy. It takes funny jibes at death and the afterlife and that’s where the film succeeds. Do not compare it with Carry On Jatta 2 or expect the same team to deliver a similar laughathon and you would enjoy the film thoroughly.