Jindua has some appealing locales, great performances, soothing music as pros but old-fashioned storyline, dragged screenplay, average direction are the cons as well. Overall, Jindua can be counted in the category of casual one-time watch films.
Movie Review of Punjabi Movie Jindua starring Jimmy Sheirgill, Sargun Mehta, Neeru Bajwa, Rajiv Thakur. Directed by Navaniat Singh.
Star cast: Jimmy Sheirgill, Sargun Mehta, Neeru Bajwa and Rajiv Thakur
Director: Navaniat Singh
Producer: Vivek Ohri, GS Dhillon, Harsimran Dhillon, Ashok Yadav, Buta Rehill, Vikas Kwatra
Music: Jaidev Kumar
Running Time: 137 Minutes
Synopsis: Jindua is the story of Karma (Jimmy Sheirgill) who immigrates to Canada in order to fulfil his dreams and make it big one day like many have in Canada. There he meets Saghi (Sargun Mehta) and they both fall for each other and decide to get married. Circumstances play their part and Karma ends up meeting Eesh (Neeru Bajwa). Who does Karma marry in the end? What happens to his Big Canadian Dream? Find out in Jindua.
Review: Director Navaniat Singh who last made Shareek returns after a gap of 1.5 years with his next flick, Jindua. He has his trusted team of writers, actors, cinematographers, music directors & many more. The film features the pair of Jimmy Sheirgill & Sargun Mehta for the 1st time on-screen and marks the return of Jimmy-Neeru pair on screen after a gap of 2.5 years.
Coming to first things first, the story and screenplay of the film has been penned by Dheeraj Rattan. This man once revolutionised the films in Punjabi Cinema but off late his work has just been a pale shadow of his past work. Jindua too falls in that category. Instead of moving forward with time, Jindua takes you behind in a time of 1990’s when a love triangle film would be made and by the time the climax comes you know which heroine would the hero choose. The story of the film has nothing new to offer to the viewers of Punjabi Cinema.
The screenplay of the film moves swiftly in the first half which is brilliant but it is more due to the dialogues, performances, music and not solely because of the screenplay. In the second half, the film seems to be dragged with some useless songs just delaying the film. The dialogues were good and fresh and not those repetitive monotonous one-liners which we usually get to see in Punjabi Films these days.
Coming to direction, after having made a brilliant film in Shareek, Navaniat Singh’s direction was a big let down this time around. He is way more capable and talented than what he has shown here. The film being dragged in the 2nd half is not a mistake of only the screenplay writer but also the director is to be blamed equally. Navaniat Singh has let go off crunch situation in the film which loosened the grip on the plot of the film.
Coming to performances, Jimmy Sheirgill was pretty average. It seems like all his best acting nowadays is reserved for Hindi film. Just like his last punjabi release, Vaisakhi List, this time as well Jimmy didn’t perform up to the mark. It seemed like he was physically present in the film but his heart was somewhere else. He was disinterested in the film overall. Coming to Sargun Mehta, any words I write about her would be less. She is a gifted actress when it comes to Punjabi Cinema and we have had very few in modern times. Sargun was the heart and sole of the film. Saghi was cute, Saghi was beautiful, Saghi was charming, Saghi was loveable, and it can go on and on and on. But Saghi needed a better stylist in the film. The costume and make up people didn’t do much justice to her.
Neeru Bajwa played Eesh in the film. Eesh was a musician and singer in the film, the true-blue rockstar. But looks wise, Neeru couldn’t meet the requirements. She didn’t have many tattoos to show, she didn’t have different colours on her hair, she didn’t have those braids in her hair which rockstars usually sport. And her make up was terrible. Sorry Neeru, you acted very well but other things didn’t go your way. Rajiv Thakur’s character I believe was a forceful insertion. I believe the film could’ve done without him as well. No offences to Rajiv and how talented he his, the character just did not film well into the scheme of things. Not having his scenes would’ve saved a good 18-20 minutes of the running time.
Coming to music, Dholna by Prabh Gill & Shipra Goyal is a chartbuster. Chal Jindua by Ranjit Bawa & Jasmine Sandlas has become a favourite among many. Beauty Parlour is also a peppy number. Jindua by Manpreet Manna used as a background track in the film was also good.
Coming to other technical aspects, Manish More’s editing was good but could’ve been more better. Harmeet Singh’s cinematography was excellent to average depending upon sequences. In some sequences his camera work was excellent like the Dholna song which has to be one of the best songs visually on screen in Punjabi Cinema. Whereas in other sequences it was shady camera work, not expected from a senior DOP of his caliber.
Overall Jindua has some appealing locales, great performances, soothing music as pros but old-fashioned storyline, dragged screenplay, average direction are the cons as well. Overall, Jindua can be counted in the category of casual one-time watch films.