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Dharti – Film Review

Dharti Film ReviewSerious Political Suspense Thriller, that is what Dharti is and I don’t think I’m mistaken while saying that this is the first time a Punjabi film has fallen into this category. Its a pleasing thought that such a film has been made and on such a large scale. In more than normal way this shall be considered a risk on the part of producers to grab upon such a theme. It is a bold step in Punjabi Industry and it signifies the trust of big production houses in the audience of Punjab that they are mature enough to accept a movie like this. However the film was promoted as something largely associated with Air Force, but it didn’t have much to do with that. It’s just that Jimmy Shergill’s background comes from Air Force as he is the Squadron leader. Apart from that he is mostly wearing his Air Force uniform and wears Aviators. Nothing more than that. This was a letdown as I was hoping it to be a patriotic film on national level. In truth the film is largely based on politics in Punjab.

Dharti Punjabi Film Scorecard

Won’t reveal the story as it’s crucial to keep the suspense of the film. But let it be said that the plot is quite complex and a lot of characters are involved in the film. There are a lot of twists and turns in the film and the story goes here and there quite often. Its not a perfect plot, but not a bad one either. There is too much to say in the film, a lot indeed and it’s a long story, perhaps that’s exactly why there are very few tracks. You only get to see three proper tracks in the film, rest of them are used in background score.

There is no comedy in the film i.e. no specific character does any comedy in the film and whatever jokes and punches are there, they come from the main lead itself. This has to be praised as Dharti is a serious film and it deserved to be kept serious.

The film succeeds in shocking the audience in number of sequences and the accident in the climax is the real shocker. The makeup and setup of a Pajero rammed into a truck and those steel rods penetrating; I can only imagine how much effort must have gone into it.

jimmy shergil Japji Khaira Dharti ranvijay

In acting department, there are no complaints. The film totally belongs to Jimmy Shergill and Rahul Dev. Rahul Dev speaks in such a menial way that it totally blows you over, great dialog delivery which hasn’t been seen in Punjabi cinema for a long time. Very serious acting and the same goes for Jimmy. Jimmy has played the role of a serious Air Force officer and he never flinches from his character. He stays the serious guy and his dialogs pertain to the same. The scenes where Rahul dev and Jimmy clash together are the best viewing experience.

Binnu Dhillon has done well again in a villainous role. Binnu Dhillon hails from the theater backgorund and it clearly shows on screen. Prem Chopra has done a perfect role, he mixes into the act so flawlessly that you forget that this is the same Prem Chopra of the yesteryears. Same goes for Ranvijay, although his character doesn’t develop fully in the film, his Punjabi accent is pure and you forget that it’s the Ranvijay of the MTV Roadies you are seeing. However, I would say that Ranvijay has been wasted in the film, he could have added more, but it really can’t be blamed as the plot of the film was so twisted, there wasn’t much room for him to grow his character. The films’ story was pivotal in the film and no one else got the preference above that.

Prem Chopra in Dharti
Prem Chopra in Dharti

The greatest factor and the proud feeling was that the Punjabi spoken in the film is pure. Apart from a few words like “ped” (which should have been drakhat in Punjabi) it’s easily forgiven. It’s a great feeling to see such names as Rahul Dev, Prem Chopra and Ranvijay speaking in pure Punjabi accents and how deeply enrooted they all are in our beloved language Punjabi.

There wasn’t much to do for the female leads in the film. Collectively Japji Khehra and Surveen Chawla didn’t have more than 10 scenes in the film. They should have been avoided completely just as the comedy lead has been avoided. As of now their roles are half cooked in the film. Despite their good acting, there wasn’t much to do for them in the political storyline of the film. We should note that this film was plot driven and such films deserve character roles as Binnu Dhillon, Rahul Dev and Jimmy. There is no room for romance in such films and if you remove romance from such films, it actually enhances the film.

Technically, there were blemishes this time. Normally Navaniat ’s films have a grace and beauty of their own as seen in TMKR and MKR. But dharti lacked that finishing.. that color tone, that beauty… Camera was shacky, especially in the opening sequence where the title track Dharti plays. Most importantly whenever there is a close up of Jimmy wearing Ray-Ban sun glasses, you can always see the camera crew in the reflective glass of the Ray Bans. This should have been avoided.

Dharti - Jimmy Shergill new punjabi movie

The plot of the film reigns supreme, it’s all about the storyline and the twists and turns of the political mumbo jumbo that goes around. It really is a political suspense thriller. But the genre hasn’t been exploited fully and as attention diverts towards lots of other factors, the film sometimes becomes a bit too fast to grab upon. The dubbing could have been better as at times characters’ lips do not sync with their lip movements.

But all in all, a great attempt and a movie worth watching. A few more movies from Navaniat Singh and he will be making films to compete with Hindi Cinema. In fact probably better than Hindi Films. Dharti is a very different kind of movie and it has substance, lets see how the public takes on a political motive.

Dharti - Jimmy Shergill new punjabi movie
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53 Responses to “Dharti – Film Review”

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  2. Gary S
    May 31, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    Dont waste ur time for this one. total bakwaas……….not 1% realistic……..how could u do that jimmy.

  3. Simmy shergill
    May 19, 2011 at 9:49 am #

    Plz
    Jimmy to jalandhar I want see you now I wiat your next movie I love u to much

  4. Simmy shergill
    May 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    U are super actor really I like u very much when u are come in jalandher plz meet with me

  5. Simmy shergill
    May 11, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    I love u jimmy your all movies are super

  6. suuny
    April 30, 2011 at 6:08 am #

    It is a very good movie by Jimmy shergill . He is the best Actor.

  7. Naturedeep singh
    April 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    I think 1st half is very boring,overall movie missing good comedian and also director have done number of mistakes during shtng (like shtng cameras seen in gogles).
    Yes concept is very good.

  8. April 28, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    I couldnt understand why my comment was deleted……….Strange from another Punjabi.

    • April 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

      No Reply from the admin.?……………….

      • punjabiportal
        April 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

        It wasnt deleted. It was waiting to be approved. When we get a comment with URL in it, it needs to be approved. Just approved it.

        • April 28, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

          Thanks……………Hope my review is read by the writer of this article too.
          THANKS once again.

          • May 20, 2011 at 7:26 am #

            Hey there Bobby (Feels strange referring to my own name :D)

            I just read the review today. really sorry for the delay. Nicely put and brave enough to point all the loopholes. Both our reviews agree on agreeable points. Evidently the film didn’t do that well.
            And for Rajneeti.. it does have some relations, but i liked Dharti a lot better. Rajneeti is a blunder at a completely different level.

  9. Bobby Sing
    April 27, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    All friends here are invited to read my review at www.bobbytalkcinema.com

    DHARTI (Punjabi Movie Review) : Its RAJNEETI made in Punjabi minus the illegitimate sons and brutal murders, but still can be called a brave and appreciable attempt.

    http://bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=postid042611123351

    Your comments on the review are awaited.

  10. bricktop
    April 25, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    I think you went quite lenient with the film. There are a number of issue with it and the film does drag here and there and at times it goes way too fast…

  11. ;)
    April 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    Inside info on the cast and crew
    * Jimmy Shergill – As we all know Jimmy Shergill is a nice guy but a bit scared and intimidated of crowds. Honestly doesn’t look comfortable when up close.
    * Navaniat Singh (Director) – Truly a very nice guy with a good heart (Thank God because that should mean he has good intentions with the money he makes out of this.)
    * Japji Khaira – Very artifical person. She is a natural actor and her behaviour in real life is just an act and made up. When you meet her, she looks stuck up and I know for a fact that that is true and she actually is quite a stuck up person who believes/appears to believes she is superior to everyone around her.
    * !Mangal Dhillion! – Jimmy Shergill had asked Mangal Dhillion to be in Dharti (not sure what role) however Mangal was busy with other committments. He will be coming out with a movie of his own this year.

    • ;)
      April 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

      * Jimmy Shergill – What I meant to say was doesn’t look comfortable up close when surrounded by people though in his pictures he comes out quite natural and as if he looks at ease!!!! Trully awesome guy

      • bricktop
        April 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

        LOL.. and how do we know that all this inside info is true and not a figment of your imagination?

      • 50B MUNDA
        April 26, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

        Obvious Troll is obvious
        Report, ignore and move on

  12. Narinder Singh
    April 25, 2011 at 5:07 am #

    Dharti was shot in Hindi. I mean whole scrip and dialogues were in Hindi. When director/ Producer finished editing they realized, its not gonna work in Hindi, they totally dubbed in Punjabi and forgot about Hindi. See if things doesn’t work then go for punjabi..,, Sab kuch chalta hai in Punjabi. Not any more audience is getting smart.

    • KARAN DHILLON
      April 25, 2011 at 5:59 am #

      ??????????? is t really? i cant believe that..?

    • bricktop
      April 25, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

      That might be true and will clearly explain the lip syncing issues in dubbing..

      So who gave Rahul Dev’s voice? He himself or someone else?

  13. gursunny
    April 24, 2011 at 6:18 am #

    Bahut badhia review bai ji

  14. Springhj
    April 24, 2011 at 5:49 am #

    Just watched Dharti. Overall, well done for bringing something fresh and unique to punjabi cinema. However, it did have some flaws. The first half an hour reflects bad editing where they are introducing different characeters and main leads. Once the story picks up, the twists and turns keep you involved and entertained at the same time. I wish that two punjabi songs ( warrant and gaudi) were actually shown as part of background score and as they seem little bit out of character. Though I feel like they did not show women as any demeaning or silly characters, but their existence in the movie was non-existent ( it seems like in punjabi movies, female characeters are only important when main leads want to woo themto add little bit romance in the movie). In any case, biggest surprise and character that left mark on the celluloid screen- Rahul Dev. I hope he continues to do punjabi movies, his dialougues and potrayal of emotions or their lack of, was just what the story demanded.
    Overall, Jimmy shergill and the director has done a great job. Wish them the very best and hope they keep making great punjabi movies. Looking forward to many more of them!!!

    • bobbysandhu
      April 24, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

      “his dialougues and potrayal of emotions or their lack of”

      Thats a very wise point you have brushed upon… It seemed like a part of his charcter in the film, but if he is going to do all the films just like that, then we will know what it really was.

      Female leads were completely uncalled for… They justified their roles but the film had no need for them.

  15. Dolly Sandhu
    April 24, 2011 at 5:46 am #

    I have been waiting for the review since its release on Friday. Thanks for posting such a spic review. It feels good to read that the movie has raised the level of Punjabi films. The blemishes could have been avoided though. Hopefully, next time they will be taken care of. Looking forward to see it, hope it wasnt released during my exams. lol

  16. ishan
    April 24, 2011 at 4:23 am #

    is there any online link to the movie….?

  17. Inder Roop Ghuman
    April 24, 2011 at 3:57 am #

    The movie has nothing to do with DHARTI of Punjab or its people & if makers think that showing the political battle for suprmacy to rule punjab by a family , constitutes this Dharti– they are so wrong.Story line is mixture of SARKAR & RAJNEETI.Suspence is tOO weak. AN airforce officer weilding a hockey stick appears weird.In the name of story u got only to see jet planes going up & down, convoy of red beacon vehicles going aimlessly on the roads— their journey interrupted by various TV journalist’s & helpless Mr WADALA { prem chopra} & WADALA JR (JIMMY) seeing others making fool of them. Only redeeming feature was — RAHUL DEV.The movie should have been easily retitled as— DHARTI__OF THE WADALAS PVT LTD!!

    • bobbysandhu
      April 24, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

      “DHARTI__OF THE WADALAS PVT LTD!!” :D thats a very cunning title, but it would have been apt. They did try to justify the title with a few dialoges of Jimmy saying “Mein hun eh Dharti chadd ki ni jawanga”, but yes, it still is a week title. The way the film was promoted with the Jets everywhere, you would think it was a patriotic film… but it wanst, the filmw as more about Red Lights i guess.

      Another thing i couldn’t grasp upon, which i didn’t post in the review, What does Jimmy try in the end? Was he trying to commit suicide? Why? Or was he such a sharp driver (being a jet pilot) that he purposefully crashed the Pajero in such a way that it only killed the passenger?

    • Narinder Singh
      April 25, 2011 at 5:15 am #

      Production company got free jet plane shot. That’s why too may
      Jet plane shots were in film without any reason.

  18. April 24, 2011 at 2:18 am #

    Hun TAK dyaan FIVE TOP PUNJABI FILMA vich es da name awega….har punjabi ek vaar jarur vekhe…CONGRATS >>JIMMY> HARJIT SINGH>>and Our Miss WORLD PUNJABAN Japji Khaira

  19. April 23, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    Poora Jabbar………

  20. Bikram Singh Bathh
    April 23, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    Kaim review ji. I really feel that more time should have been put on removing faults like the ones u mentioned. Chalo next time si.

    • April 23, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

      The Reflection of the camera crew in the Ray Ban aviators is the biggest turn around. That should have been avoided.

  21. Parm47
    April 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    super hit si bai ji…….and nice review

  22. DrGurtej
    April 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    movie is real punjabi thriller…………100% agree with your review……..Bobby…..

    • April 23, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

      Thanks Gurtej Ji. However Thrilling comes only in the later half

  23. Narinder Singh
    April 23, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    Hi Guys here is Dhari’s reviews. Story line: very dull, copy from Hindi movie Sarkar. No comedy. Not close to reality. One dialouge Jimmy is talking about discipline next shot he is singing song gaddi mora gaa signal torda…. Acting: Some actor’s dialouge delivery in punjabi is so bad. It seems like they are forcing their self to speak punjabi. Editing: so many unfinished scene. Camera : in so many shots you will find dolly tracks, even camera crew in Jimmy’s glasses reflection . Jimmy Bhaji please don’t wear glasses your camera crew don’ t know how to shoot when you are wearing glasses. Punjabi audience is getting smart but in panjabi film sub kuch chalta hai….yarr. Best of luck.

  24. bricktop
    April 14, 2011 at 2:31 am #

    The real ‘Hukam Da Ikka” is casting of Ranvijay in the film…

    • Narinder Singh
      April 25, 2011 at 5:10 am #

      Rajiv is not good actor.

  25. Pritpal Pabla
    April 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    Trailers looks so good… once agn jimmy with yet another Punjabi gem…. can’t wait to see the movie…
    Music also looks great.
    Gaddi moudan ge.. good song by Mikka
    Bandya tu .. good singing by rabbi
    Dharti – best song of the album
    warrant – typical daljit song again good…
    sarkarran – music make this song really good
    Sura so and Deh shiva bar – nice tracks…

    Overall great punjabi album after a while….
    Best of luck to the movie…

  26. Bikram Singh Bathh
    April 10, 2011 at 1:32 am #

    Bobby veer. Please change a little information. Japji Khaira is opposite Rannvijay. It is Surveen opposite Jimmy.

  27. Parm47
    April 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    bruuaaah……………………… Smash hit hovegi eh

  28. March 28, 2011 at 5:37 am #

    oye balle balle maja aajoo ik hor jimmy di navi movie.te naal japji.chal koi na ik bunk mar lavage yaar jimmy tere layi.naale apne saare frend jange movie dekhan naale menu mere saare frend kehnde aa ki tu japji di copy aah.gud luck super hit movie hovegi.

  29. February 18, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    MAIL KRADE RABBA movie hit se bai jimmy rab nu dua karde hai Dharti movie vi super hit hoye

  30. February 13, 2011 at 5:06 am #

    vdia sir ,,,,,keep it up,,,gudluck

  31. marjani
    February 13, 2011 at 4:58 am #

    i love u jimmy

  32. ajwant
    January 19, 2011 at 4:52 am #

    yaar jimmi tenu milan bahut ji karda . kade time kad ke mil tan sahi .bai teri film super-duper hit hovegi……..

  33. sandip
    January 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    MAIL KRADE RABBA movie ne tan punjabi cinema di jiven nuhar jihi hi bdl ke rkh ditti,,,,pehlan koi punjabi movie upper khul ke paisa hi ni c lauhnda,,,,hun frk pai jana….umeed hai iah movie punjabi cinema di hallat vich sudahr lae agli pauri hovegi,,,,all the best to whole team…….

  34. amlijatt
    January 14, 2011 at 1:13 am #

    chak de phatte Jimmy bai jee…..sali Japji nu kithon lai lia movie ch….hor actress kithe gayeian ??

    Japji ta flop aa bai….main sunia hun Japji vich oh gal nahi rahi – jehri sali vich pehlan see…

  35. January 11, 2011 at 6:11 am #

    well intresting howegi te naale thodi wakhri v jaapdi aa…
    All The Best…:)..

  36. January 9, 2011 at 6:08 am #

    good aa ji.. ek hor film jimmy shergill di… all the best to all team…….

  37. parm
    January 7, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    jimmy bai rocks…….sohni movie hovegi…..big budgeted

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