Verdict: A successful attempt of creating a love story in the era gone by.
There’s an obvious reason to why the viewers have been looking forward to the release of Rabb Da Radio – it's the debut movie of the immensely likable widely followed Tarsem Jassar. He has a huge fan following amongst the youth of Punjab and to see him enact on the big screen is a dream come true for many. Does he manage to entertain his audience and live upto the expectations? Let's analyze.
Manjinder Singh (Tarsem Jassar), son of a high-class Government official, falls instantly in love with Guddi (Simi Chahal), a young village girl. Manjinder tries to convey his feelings to her but fails every time. In the meanwhile, Guddi’s cousin gets married to Naseeb Kaur (Mandy Takhar). Within no time, Guddi and Naseeb become good friends. When Manjinder’s family proposes Guddi for marriage, Naseeb’s mother-in-law has objections and she expects Naseeb to stand by them. Whether Naseeb acts according to the wishes of her mother-in-law or she revolts against her own family and help Manjinder and Guddi to get married, forms the rest of the story.
Rabb da Radio is not the usual rom-coms that are being churned out of Punjabi cinema these days. It’s old school romance at its best. The movie is based in an era where the lead protagonists, Tarsem and Simi, do not share a single dialogue with each other throughout. All the conversations are through the letters they send to each other. And that’s where your heart goes out to the two love birds.
Rabb da Radio has its share of poignant moments. Actually, directors Taranvir Singh Jagpal and Harry Bhatti have handled the plot with utmost sensitivity and a couple of sequences bear testimony to the fact. The interval point, for instance, when Simi and Mandy come face to face for the first time, is well shot. Also, the scene where Mandy’s mother comes to meet her before the climax, is noteworthy. Ditto for the finale, when Mandy takes a stand and her mother-in-law realizes her mistake, stand out. The makers have ensured that the film has a consistent look throughout. The sets, the vehicles used, the attires and the overall ambiance are classy. Besides, a couple of emotional sequences are sure to strike a chord.
Any blemishes? Yes. Although the story (Jass Grewal) is fresh and unique, but the script of the movie has its up and down. The movie has its highs and as the viewer starts to feel the connect, it starts moving at a snail's pace and the essence of the love story gets diluted in the process. Another factor that goes against the film is its music (R Guru, Nick Dhammu and Deep Jandu), which is tuneful but lacks a hit number that is important in a love story. Nevertheless, Ammy Virk sets the ball rolling with his number right in the beginning. The background score (Jaidev Kumar) is effective. Cinematography (Anshul Chobey) is wonderful.
Tarsem Jassar will be greeted with seetis and taalis every time he is on screen. He has a magnetic screen presence, enacts well and emotes through his eyes. But he chooses a wrong script for his launch pad as he has a very limited role to play, in terms of quantity. Moreover, he is a hit amongst the youth, who might not relate too much to the story and proceedings. Simi Chahal is a powerhouse of talent. After Bambukat and Sarvann, this is another film that she can proudly add to her already impressive resume. The youngster takes on the role with utmost sincerity and comes out with a natural performance. Mandy Takhar surprises you with a mature performance and excels towards the latter part of the film. She gets a meaty role and has been presented in a much better way when compared to her earlier films.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Rabb da Radio is for the classes more than the masses. It takes you back to an era where lovers used to just see each other and decide that they’re going to be life partners. Watch it for Tarsem Jassar’s emphatic screen presence and more for the wonderful performances of Simi Chahal and Mandy Takhar.
— By Gurlove Singh