Gelo Movie Review
Gelo carried a bag full of expectations but it disappoints big time. Jaspinder Cheema delivers a good performance but sadly poor direction and screenplay spoil the party.
Movie Review of Punjabi Movie Gelo starring Jaspinder Cheema, Gurjit Singh, Pavan Raj Malhotra. Directed by Manbhavan Singh.
Star cast: Jaspinder Cheema, Gurjit Singh, Pavan Raj Malhotra, Dilavar Sidhu, Aditya Sharma, Raj Dhaliwal
Director: Manbhavan Singh
Producer: Nidhi M Singh, Surinder Singh Sodhi
Music: Umar Sheikh
Genre: Drama, Period
Running Time: 118 minutes (U/A)
Synopsis: Gelo tells a tale of love, romance, revenge, pain, suffering and injustice in the life of Gelo played by Jaspinder Cheema. Gelo loves Rama (Gurjit Singh) who belongs to a lower cast and knowing that their marriage will never be accepted in the society, they both plan to run away from their village. Before they could do so, Gelo’s brother discovers about their relationship and kills Rama. When the secret is out in the open, the whole village turns against Gelo and nobody wants to marry her. So she is married to an alcoholic who also happens to be a drug addict. The rich man of Gelo’s in-laws village played by Pavan Malhotra is smitten by her. What follows next is the story of a woman which I personally do not want any person to go through. Watch out in the film for what happens next.
Review: Gelo is based on a novel by the same name, written by Sh. Ram Saroop Ankhi and adapted for screen by Manbhavan Singh. To begin with, Gelo is a great story gone in wrong hands. The writer-director let things go haywire in many situations and later comes to make amends for things which have already happened. The story may be great but frankly it’s the screenplay which spoils the party. The confusing and abrupt screenplay doesn’t let the viewer enjoy the film completely. The dialogues are good and kept as per the set up of the film which happens to be the Malwa region.
Coming to Manbhavan Singh’s direction, frankly it fails to impress. He had such a good concept and could’ve done anything with it but instead he made what I saw in the theatre. This film could’ve been much much better had it been given the proper treatment it deserved. At no point does the director tell the viewers of exactly which era the film is set in. The story moves ahead by a decade but guess what the fashion remains the same. They style of costumes does not change.
Pavan Malhotra has a latest Tata Safari of this decade in a set up which is at least 20-30 years old. He wears Modern day Aviators but his costumes throughout the film remain similar, even when a decade has passed. Jaspinder Cheema’s look remains almost similar and her face does not change even though 10-15 years have passed. If not the director and his team, then who is responsible for such errors.
Coming to performances, Jaspinder Cheema does an all right job as Gelo. She did justice to the part and played it well. Gurjit Singh was promoted as the lead star of the film but dies within the 1st 20-30 minutes of the film. He does all right. Pavan Malhotra was a disappointment yet again. If he doesn’t work on his Punjabi accent, then why do producers/directors offer him roles.
I agree that he did a great job in Punjab 1984 but the fact remains that not every director is Anurag Singh who can extract a great performance. We have so many talented actors in Punjab, then why call him all the way from Bombay and waste his talent as well as resources. Dilavar Sidhu was strictly average. Rest of the actors were mostly 1st timers or non-professionals.
On the music front, the film didn’t have much to offer. Rang Chadeya was probably the only track I enjoyed in the film and that too arrived at the beginning with the opening credits.
On the whole, Gelo carried a bag full of expectations but it disappoints big time. Jaspinder Cheema delivers a good performance but sadly poor direction and screenplay spoil the party.