Has weak and strong points. Unfortunately weak ones outnumber the strong ones.
Review of Punjabi Film Dulla Bhatti starring Binnu Dhillon, Aman Hundal, Sardar Sohi, Dev Kharoud, Amar Noorie. Directed by Minar Malhotra
Star cast: Binnu Dhillon, Sardar Sohi, B.N. Sharma, Aman Hundal, Amar Noorie, Dev Kharoud, Nirmal Rishi, Malkit Rauni
Director: Minar Malhotra
Producer: Mani Dhaliwal, Naman Gupta, Amitansh & Shakti Manchanda
Music: Laddi Gill
Running Time: 107 Minutes (U/A Certified)
Synopsis: Dulla Bhatti is the story of Daara (Binnu Dhillon) who has a step brother Zorawar (Dev Kharoud). Daara loves Noor (Aman Hundal) and wants to marry her. One day he learns the truth about his father’s demise and the person who killed his father, Jagir Singh (Sardar Sohi). Jagir killed Daara’s father and he wants to avenge his father’s death. On the way he also learns that Zorawar, his step brother is the son of Jagir Singh. Will Daara avenge his father’s death? Whose side will Zorawar take – Daara or Jagir Singh? Watch Dulla Bhatti to find out more..
Review: Minar Malhotra’s Dulla Bhatti is a modern day adaptation of the legend ‘Dulla Bhatti’. Binnu Dhillon plays the title role in the film. But sadly, those who have heard the real story of the legend will know that this adaptation is no where close to the actual. The story was moving ahead without any aim. Sometimes it was about the revenge, sometimes it was about land of the poor which had been captured by Jagir Singh, sometimes it was about love. All in all this movie had no single agenda.
Story & Screenplay has been written by the director himself. To say that Minar Malhotra has adapted the story of Dulla Bhatti in modern time would be wrong, but to put it in a correct way will be like Minar got his inspiration from the legend will be correct because except for the revenge of father’s death there is no other element adapted from the original folk legend. The story is dull but what I liked was the screenplay which means that Minar knows how to tell a story but had the story been better, sharper it could have turned out into a good film.Dialogues were written by Sardar Sohi. His dialogues were all right and nothing extraordinary.
Minar last made Lovely Te Lovely, which sank at the box office without a trace. This is his 2nd film at the box office. He’s had tremendous improvement as a director from his last film to this film but needs to improve more. There were some technicalities which were at fault here and there, some performances which i felt the director could have controlled, faults in the story, etc. But I hope that when he makes his next film, he learns from the mistakes of this one and improves more in the next one.
Coming to the performances, this film belonged to Binnu Dhillon. He did a good job in most of the scenes but there were a few scenes (in single digits) where I felt that Binnu was just about ordinary. The director should’ve taken a note of that. In future, he has the potential to be the face of a film, given his acting prowesses. I personally like Dev Kharoud’s acting. Often, he’s been under-utilised in films. He’s shown his glimpses of good acting in Sadda Haq, Rupinder Gandhi and now Dulla Bhatti.
Aman Hundal played the female lead in the film. She’s a model turned actress and had a pretty decent role. Believe me, she did a good job. Very rarely do actresses perform well in their debut films in Punjabi Cinema because of the quality of roles they get but she did a good job in a decent role. Coming to the support cast, it had pretty good names there. Sardar Sohi played the villain in the film. He was all right because I’ve seen him portray a villain much better than what he did here. Amar Noorie was all right. B.N. Sharma did a good job. Nirmal Rishi did not have much to do in this film. Malkit Rauni was decent.
Music was one of the saving graces and highlight of the film. The film had a pretty good music directed by Laddi Gill and songs penned by Happy Raikoti. Title Track by Ammy Virk, Naina by Happy Raikoti, Wakh Ni Ho Sakde by Nooran Sisters were all good.
Overall, Dulla Bhatti has it’s share of strengths and weaknesses. The problem is that the weaknesses overshadow the strengths. Minar Malhotra’s improved but average direction, destituting story, some all right performances, good music, have kept me in mixed emotions on weather to call it watchable or unwatchable.