Verdict: A decent amalgamation of comedy and drama.
Roshan Prince is back with Ranjha Refugee after the super successful Laavaan Phere that released earlier this year. The director of the movie Avtar Singh is fresh from the money spinner Rupinder Gandhi 2. The trailer of the movie hinted at a comedy revolving around armed forces operating at the border area. Is the movie entertaining enough for Roshan Prince to deliver his second hit of the year? Let’s analyze.
What’s Ranjha Refugee About:
Set in the years before the war of 1971 broke out, Ranjha Refugee is the story of a boy who is bereft in India during the partition of 1947. In the present day, Ranjha (Roshan Prince) is in love with Preeto (Saanvi Dhiman) but she is going to get married to someone else. Ranjha interferes with Preeto’s weddings. Following this, he is barred from his village and ends up joining the Indian Army. While on the border, he comes across a trespasser army man from the other side who is his look-alike. A series of events leads this trespassing refugee from Pakistan to come to India and take Ranjha’s place.
Ranjha Refugee starts off as an everyday Punjabi movie with doses of comedy at a marriage ceremony. The story begins once Ranjha expresses his love for Preeto and is subsequently thrown out of the village. The first half mostly has elements of comedy thrown in the narrative.
It’s the second hour where all the drama and action takes place. Once the audience is introduced to the “other” protagonist, the story of Ranjha Refugee kicks off. The events that follow in their lives keep the viewer’s interest alive until the very end. The penultimate scene hints at the possibility of a sequel.
Roshan Prince portrays the role of an Indian as well as Pakistani army officer. He shifts gears with ease and carries the entire film on his shoulders. Karamjit Anmol could have been given better punches. Harby Sangha is hilarious as a fauji with a Punjabi accent mixed with Hindi. Rupinder Rupi and Tarsem Kumar are first-rate. Nisha Bano is effective in a brief role. Bhavneet Singh impresses.
Avtar Singh is effectual in directing dramas. His narrative finds itself slowly in the comic scenes but stabilizes as soon as the story shifts from the village to the border.
What Could Have Been Better:
The only problem with Ranjha Refugee is the forceful comedy scene inserted in the narrative. Had the comedy been a little more integrated with the story and the script, the results would’ve been phenomenal.
Why You Should Watch:
Watch Ranjha Refugee for the novel concept of brothers been separated during birth because of Indo-Pak partition but destiny has a different role to play in their lives. Roshan Prince’s sincere acting, Harby Sangha’s funny punches, Karamjit Anmol’s rarely seen a negative character, and the storyline make Ranjha Refugee an interesting watch.