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Movie Review – Punjab 1984

Punjab in 1984 suffered what have been the untreatable wounds and everytime the situation comes in highlights, whole of Punjab gets into a deep sorrow. So making films on these topics have also been a two sided coin: one is that the present generation should get aware of what happened in that period and try to stand with the people who are seeking justice and other is that its always going to hurt each and every person who have seen that era.

‘Punjab 1984’ was also expected to be one of the same topic movie but against the expectations of theme, it has been the story of a mother’s pain and a son’s battle for survival with respect.

About Story –
Shivjeet Singh Maan (Diljit Dosanjh) is a humorous and aggressive guy who is in love with her neighbor girl Jeeti (SonamBajwa). But apart from love he has to deal with a property problem with one of his village men. The circumstantial bolt fell on Shivjeet’s family when his father gets shot dead. After the death of his father Shiva changes into a very severe character. One day he also gets into the clutch of a crooked police officer, Deep Singh Rana (Pawan Raj Malhotra). Shivjeet’s mother Satwant Kaur pleads for her son but his son gets involve into a community which is against the government and police. How the mother and son meet, they meet or not, that’s the main subject matter then.

What’s Good –
All the main fragments have been superbly executed. Starting from story line to characters performance, Music, Direction, Screenplay, Dialogs etc. everything has been up to the mark. Diljit Dosanjh and Kirron Kher’s characters are a big plus for the film and going to be remembered for a long time. The main thing which was a concern for few people that it can be a provoking topic but it’s not. It is a story of a young man who is forced to choose a wrong way and later on realizes it, story of a mother’s struggle to get back her detached son.

What’s Not –
There haven’t been too many loopholes to criticize in the movie except a bit slowness near the intermission and a little section of some negativity which later on proves to be the necessity of the story.

About Characters –
Diljit Dosanjh has played more of a humorous characters in most of his movies and people started to believe that he is kind of stuck in that character but how well he has come out of it and delivered an splendid performance in Punjab 1984. He has been that outstanding that this character will leave such marks on people which can’t be forgotten easily. Kirron Kher has already got some memorable characters associated with her in Bollywood movies and the role of Diljit’s mother in this movie is as equal as some of her top performances. Pawan Raj Malhotra is another famous Bollywood face featuring in this movie and he also has brought out a fabulous negative character. This is Sonam Bajwa’s second movie after Best of Luck. She looks very impressive and promising as the lead actress. Rana Ranbir has the short stay in the story but it has been an impeccable piece of work from him. Other supporting cast like Gurcharan Channi, Arun Bali and Manav Vij, all have been up to the mark at their characters.

About Story, Screenplay & Dialogs –
Story of the film is based on the unforgettable era of Punjab, so it had to be very emotional & touching one and it has been managed very well. Screenplay is very good too. The dialogs have really been one of the most impressive parts of the movie.

About Music & Background Score –
Usually when there is the name Diljit Dosanjh is associated with the movie, the music cannot be a letdown and it’s again the same scenario here. All the songs are pretty good and according to the movie theme. Rangrut, Channo, Awwal Allah, Kismat, Swaah Ban Ke, Ammi udeek di, you can’t ignore any of them. Equal credit goes to the Lyricists and the Music Directors.

About Direction –
Anurag Singh has done it again what he is known for. He is on top of his work in this movie. He has carried the movie wonderfully well throughout.

All in All (About Movie) –
All in all Punjab 1984 has been a very well compiled film. Individual performances have been a big plus in the movie especially of Diljit Dosanjh and Kirron Kher. Anurag Singh at its best in the movie. It won’t be surprising if it breaks all the previous box office records and goes on to make a new history because the film has that potential.

Star Rating –
From punjabgold.com, Punjab 1984 gets 4.5/5.

Review by – Sarvjit Khera