Hello.. This is Bricktop and I’m back and I’ll be writing a hardcore honest review. If you can’t take the truth then don’t read it. For those who do not like to go into the details and just want the opinion, here’s the quick review- I liked this movie and in all probability you will like it too.
Now I’ll be going into the details and why I liked it. There are a lot of other things that I didn’t like and I will mention them too. Because I think faults are more important than the rights. So, here is my review for the very few who will be reading it.
First off, thanks to Punjabiportal.com for buying me the tickets and inviting me to write the review. I wish you keep doing that and no one steals my job. But, a bigger thanks for telling me to write an honest review without any obligations. I’ll try to do the best I can and will try not to make you regret.
Right! To the movie then. Both Singh and Kaur did their job very well. Gippy Grewal. I don’t know what he has eaten since Carry on Jatta, at least when it comes to acting, he has greatly improved upon his comic timings and improvisational skills. You can notice in the movie that most of the scenes he has given are single take shots. Somehow he has become very spontaneous. This was completely missing in Carry on Jatta. So, congratulations Mr. Grewal, you’ve rightfully earned my respect and you will be earning a lot of respect from the audience as well. Now we have proper competition in Punjabi Cinema.
Second up, Surveen Chawla. Everyone who’s reading this review please get-up from your chairs and give her a round of applause. She deserves it. She could have cracked jokes, she could have gone into farcical comedy, she could have done a lot of things to capture screen but she didn’t do any of that. Instead, she decided to stick to her character. I see a lot of potential in her and I think she deserves better characters where she can show her acting skills. Well for one, I’m waiting to see her in more movies.
It was nice to see Japji Khaira in a decent role… yet again. She looked amazingly beautiful while she was in Canada. But, something went terribly wrong with her make-up when she comes back to Punjab. Her acting was good but she wasn’t able to do anything extraordinary. In all fairness she was just there and that’s all.
Binnu Dhillon. There’s nothing that he can’t do. It’s the director’s job to limit his character so that he doesn’t overpower others. In Singh vs Kaur Navniat Singh has successfully done that and gave Binnu Dhillon just as much screen presence as he deserved. Binnu Dhillon is great, there’s no need for me to tell you how great he is. We all know he deserves his own movie now. The same goes for BN Sharma. Good.
Rest of the cast has done well. Karamjit Anmol deserved a bigger role. I think he could have used this character in a bigger role in some other movie because in this movie he has been wasted. Seriously, if you even remove him from the movie it won’t make a difference. That’s how unnecessary his role in the movie was. Same has to be said about Jelly. He was done injustice to as well.
The girl who played Sapna was the weakest when it comes to acting. Diljit Kaur was also quite average in the role of Gippy’s mother. In fact I’m sick and tired of the same clichéd mother roles that we see in all Punjabi movies. They always act the same, they always have same mannerisms, same dialogues. Most of the time they are shown as simple women of village, but still they wear matching lipstick and jewelry at home. Please, I beg you, do something creative with these kind of roles.
A special mention for the character of Roop. Even though he had a minor role, he did well. In my opinion he could have been more evil.
Costumes of the movie also deserve a special mention as they were really good. However the same cannot be said about the background score which was too loud at times. And, at times I felt as if I was watching Grand Opera.
Frankly speaking by now I’m done with praising the movie. Now I’ll like to talk about the problems with it. Most of you will find them hard to stomach, but I just watch the movies in too much detail. These issues might not even matter to most of the viewers, but nonetheless they are issues.
First off, action sequences. Except for the first one, the rest of them were average. Gippy did his part quite well and I don’t mind him doing more of it in his next films. He was kicking and punching rather well, but the scenes were more about stylized running shots and less about actual fighting. It seems the flying kicks and 360 jumps are coming back into Punjabi cinema. The same gundas were being beaten again and again. One of them was even wearing same blue pants in two separate scenes.
Next up a lot of abrupt editing. In the first half a number of scenes jumped into one another quite harshly. In some scenes the dialogues were not going with the lip movement. The entire song “Masi de Gayi c” was a fiasco. Sometimes Gippy was lip syncing slower than the song itself. I’m 100% sure it was shot without permission with a hand held and disguised camera. In most of the scenes you could see the shadow of the camera man falling on Gippy. I’m very sure that no additional lighting was used in this song.
There were a couple of continuity errors as well. Gippy parks his bullet in front of the Bhoond when Surveen leaves for the second time. You can even see it when Surveen asks the driver to go. But when the scene shifts, it magically disappears.
When Gippy and Binnu are sitting in front of the laptop in the scene where they see Surveen’s photograph for the first time, Binnu’s laptop is off. It’s quite visible and I’m sure everyone will notice that. Avtar Gill’s beard was falling off in the scene where he challenges Gippy at his home.
Also the scene with Surveen and her mother along with Rana Jung Bahadar at her supposed to be ultra rich mansion in Canada was meant to be shot in Canada, whereas it was quite obvious that it was shot in Punjab in a normal house.
As for the story, I found it week. More emphasis was given on comedy scenes and they were stretched to huge lengths without any relevance with movie. The whole premise was Gippy’s lies for keeping her mother happy and have villagers off his back. He even goes to Canada wasting 7 lakhs of his money, but when it comes to wrap up the film, they simply finish it off in one single scene at Gurudwara. Gippy cries and his mother forgive him. What about the villagers? Why create such an elaborate network of lies when it was so easy to get rid of it all.
The whole Japji Khehra and her family taking Gippy for their son-in-law is lifted from Dhai Akshar Prem Ke. Even this plot is simply killed by Sardar Sohi simply saying “I knew it all”.
But most of all I hated the scene where Gippy abuses and that too 3 times. Maybe many of you guys will like it and don’t mind the abusive language. Going as far as “Saala” is one thing, but proper BC? That was sick. The worst was that they bleeped it out. If you have so many guts, why don’t you show it as you shot it.
And one last thing, the movie should have been titled Singh and Kaur. The audience in the theater enjoyed it, and so did I. Gippy’s comedy makes it worth the ticket. It will probably do quite well on box office, but Punjabi Cinema seems to be going towards farcical movies. There seems to be no initiative towards serious cinema. Well, maybe one step at a time. Singh Vs Kaur is good. It will work. The best Punjabi film in 2013 so far.