Pure entertainment, that’s what is selling in Punjab at the moment. If a film with a message comes along, it gets ignored and perhaps that’s why the debutante director Amit Prashar has decided to start his journey with Tu Mera 22. Tu Mera 22 with its plot makes more sense than Sadi Love Story and has larger chances of working out, but it’s not without faults. Direction wise all the blocks are good and everything is fine, but you feel as if some parts of the movie are missing. Still, for his first attempt, and considering he had two big names from the industry, he has done well.
Comedy is riot in Tu mera 22. It’s all well but in various parts. The comic scenes are brilliant, but are dragged to infinity. The scene of Binnu telling the scary tale is probably the best comic scene ever in any Punjabi film. The best, but it’s so long that it gets tiring. Same is the case with scenes involving Karamjit Anmol and Boli. Those are some great scenes, but again, dragged. We wish there was more comedy based on Amrinder and Honey’s scenes and some more jugglery with their confrontation with each other.
Acting wise everyone has done well. Amrinder Gill seems even more confident in Tu mera 22 than Sadi love Story. But his best scenes are the ones where he has to portray emotions. Where he says goodbye to Honey Singh at the airport was the best really. His comic timing is getting better and maybe he is ready to take on a solo role in a film.
Yo Yo Honey Singh is spontaneous and his gimmicks with dialogues and care free attitude is very natural. He also comes up with some nice one liners here and there. But the best thing about him in the film is how he uses his body language to his benefit. It was lovely seeing some minor details like the way he gets up from his chair where he is flirting with a girl in Australia or where he is interacting with his father. The scene where he is getting bored in the office was also a good one. He knows how to jerk and move his body.
Mandy and Wamiqa were good, but there was nothing for them to do in the film. Wamiqa actually impressed more than Mandy in her act. The worst is that they were never justified in the film except for a graphic in the climax.
The best act in the movie was Raghuveer Boli who acted as the side act for Karamjit Anmol. He had such a few scenes in the film, but still he acted so well that he has shown a good act can matter. Karamjit Anmol, as usual was brilliant with his control over his language. He should, he must get a bigger role in films now.
And Binnu Dhillon. What can you say? He is simply going to save this film single handedly. It’s beyond the point where you praise him again and again. He has reached at the stage where if his act is not good in a film, you know it must be director’s fault and not his because Binnu knows how to act. He has done great and has managed to give the best comedy scene in Punjabi movies so far.
Story of the film is good and it had a lot of scope for misunderstandings to be created. But the problem is that nothing has been developed properly. The script has a lot of gimmicks which could have been exploited to make it a great comedy flick. The film works still, but had it been completely done justice to, it could have been a lot bigger and better. We cannot fathom where the problem lies. Was the script itself not developed properly? Did they not shoot it all? Or they couldn’t grasp the potential altogether?
The characters in the movie are well based into archetypes, but the problem is that the ones that deserve to develop don’t. For instance we don’t see Amrinder and Honey evolving properly, but Binnu and Karamjit Anmol get a lot of footage and their characters meet their goals as well. The heroines of the film are just forgotten half way. The lead cast has to be the lead cast, but in Tu Mera 22, the supporting cast is overshadowing the lead.
The music of the movie is good, but in the movie it really doesn’t impress at all. The best song from the film Sarghi, completely loses its meaning as it makes no sense whatsoever in the film. Was she getting married? What happened? Was it a dream? Was it true? Vakh could have been a great emotion jerker, but it amounted to nothing either. It’s just the Tu Mera 22 theme that did well in various scenes.
Another complaint is with the editing of the film. It’s so jerky that it leaves you wondering what’s happening. In the first 15-20 minutes you don’t have any sense of continuity or a rhythm that could get everything in straight line. It does get better after that although some scenes feel to be coming too late and some seem to be entirely missing.
This is exactly what this film makes you feel. It feels like you haven’t seen the full film, but you have seen bits of it. It seems some crucial scenes weren’t shot at all. The film is good and it will do fine on box office as well, but the complaint is that if they had done it better, it had all the ingredients of making into a huge hit of 2013. (1787)