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Review of Punjabi Film Lahoriye starring Amrinder Gill, Sargun Mehta. Directed by Amberdeep Singh. Star cast: Amrinder Gill, Sargun Mehta, Yuvraj Hans, Nirmal Rishi, Sardar Sohi, Guggu Gill, Hobby Dhaliwal, Nimrat Khaira, Amberdeep Singh Director: Amberdeep Singh Producer: Amberdeep Singh, Karaj Gill Music: Jatinder Shah Genre: Romance Running Time: 137 Minutes Synopsis: Lahoriye is the story of love. The love which does not see boundaries, the love which does not see nations. Kikar Singh (Amrinder Gill) is a clerk at DTO office and his family holds a piece of land which is right at the LOC. The people living in…

Lahoriye Review

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Lahoriye is a complete film. The film will make you fall in love, the film will make you cry (Towards the End), the film will make you laugh. What else do you look for in a film. Go and have fun. Fall in love!

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Review of Punjabi Film Lahoriye starring Amrinder Gill, Sargun Mehta. Directed by Amberdeep Singh.

Star cast: Amrinder Gill, Sargun Mehta, Yuvraj Hans, Nirmal Rishi, Sardar Sohi, Guggu Gill, Hobby Dhaliwal, Nimrat Khaira, Amberdeep Singh

Director: Amberdeep Singh

Producer: Amberdeep Singh, Karaj Gill

Music: Jatinder Shah

Genre: Romance

Running Time: 137 Minutes

Synopsis: Lahoriye is the story of love. The love which does not see boundaries, the love which does not see nations. Kikar Singh (Amrinder Gill) is a clerk at DTO office and his family holds a piece of land which is right at the LOC. The people living in Border areas are familiar with the situation. Right across the land in Pakistan is a Kinnow farm where Ameeran (Sargun Mehta) works and live with her family. Kikar falls for Ameeran and slowly slowly even Ameeran falls for Kikar. What follows next is a tale of romance which is worth watching on the big screen.

Review: Amberdeep Singh, the brain behind some of the most marvellous gems of Punjabi Cinema in recent times is back with his next film. This time he’s not only the writer, but also Producer, also Director and also an actor in the film. We never knew that Amber was so multi talented that he could manage all these jobs together. Things apart, Lahoriye also brings back the favourite ‘on-screen’ couple of Sargun Mehta & Amrinder Gill after Love Punjab & Angrej.

Lahoriye has been written by Amberdeep Singh and inspite of the film being a romantic comedy, it is very fresh when it comes to rom coms in Punjabi Cinema. No Punjabi Cinema writer treats romance as finely and uncompromisingly as Amberdeep. Be it Angrej or even Lahoriye now. Despite the story being predictable, it is still enjoyable. Screenplay of Lahoriye is water tight. The writer leaves no loose ends and the film is gripping throughout.

In the second half there were as many as 4 songs, all in background. 4 in too much in second half but when the songs are as good as the ones in this film, you just sit back and enjoy that melodious songs inspite of crippling for an extra 10-12 minutes. Dialogues are a breathe of fresh air, especially the ones written for the actors who portrayed Pakistani characters.

Coming to Direction, Amberdeep Singh made his debut as a director. One things which I am quite sure is that he has a long road ahead at the movies. Amber brought in with him, the confidence of his successful films with him into Lahoriye which was visible on screen. The way the scenes were written and shot, the way the actors performed, the way the sets were all designed showed his class. Looking forward to more films from this Writer-Director in future.

Amrinder Gill, what can I write about him. All I can say is that his on screen innocence is something which has no match in Punjabi Cinema, not at the moment at least. All you can do is fall in love with his charm and charisma. Amrinder is the heart of Lahoriye. And if Amrinder is the heart, Sargun is the soul. Sargun Mehta, well she keeps on delivering a performance after performance and I am now short of adjectives to describe her performance this time. Sargun brings her character alive with those Almond Coloured eyes and her smile right from her first scene. From there on, she goes from strength to strength.

Yuvraj Hans was missing in action from the last 2-3 years and his fans will not be disappointed. Yuvraj does well here and he gets a meaty role in this multi starrer. Nimrat Khaira makes her debut with Lahoriye and she does well in a small role. I would want to see Nimrat in a bigger role before I assume anything weather she can act or not. Supporting cast comprises of a lot of very very talented actors. All of them have performed to their potential or even better. The likes of Sardar Sohi, Nirmal Rishi & Guggu Gill are veterans and even today they try and raise the bar with each film. Guggu Gill was special. Other names comprised in the cast were Rajiv Thakur, Hobby Dhaliwal, Gagan Mehra, Balwinder Bullet, Sandeep Malhi, Balwinder Begowal and many more.

Music and Background Score was composed by Jatinder Shah. The album comprises of 7 songs which have been released so far. Each and every song of the film is brilliant and is a part of my playlist. Be it Akhar, Chunni, Jeondeyan Ch, Janjhan, Paani Ravi Da or even Gutt Ch Lahore. All of them are fantastic. Gutt Ch Lahore & Jeondeyan Ch would be highly recommended along with the others. Cheers to the Production Designer Tariq Umar Khan for a superb show put up on screen.

Overall, Lahoriye is a complete film. The film will make you fall in love, the film will make you cry (Towards the End), the film will make you laugh. What else do you look for in a film. Go and have fun. Fall in love!

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  1. Manjitinder singh Johal

    watched film LAHOREY yesterday .good rush: means public had the pre effect of subject. but much more is expected from a feature film than a good theme. but that would not stop me from congratulating the director / writer from taking up the backdrop. i am not against singers venturing into acting but they should keep in mind that apart from being popular and being the investor, learning professional acting is a prime requisite ( if you are not a god gifted actor) at least not changing the same stoic facial expressions for two long hours is irritating . the director, even though this is only his second film , deserves criticism. the audience is left to their own to set their mind to the story line. lahorey means the denizens of city Lahore as per general understanding but in the perspective of East Punjab and for the matter of fact this film, Lahoreys are the migrants from the Lahore district .(unlike the Barias , they were not the canal colony settlers but the original dwellers of that land since generations. although being majhails, they were alloted properties in malwa , in todays muktsar district and Zira tehsil to be precise after partition). All this and much more was needed as an broad precursive introduction in the beginning of film , may be in form of a commentary . the attire, vocabulary and culture of west Punjab was wayward from what exists there but the punjabi accent was acceptable. the story writer should share more of the critical reprimand. he was expected to do more research on the subject as generally film story writers are not supposed to be scholars. for that, services of someone more versed with the canvas of story could have been taken. even reading some partition related books may have helped. Any naive can understand that marrying across the Redciff line and across religions in current times is far more tedious than just playing doll-marriage by kids.(in fact getting visas alone is far far more complex than shown). to sum up, much more could have been added in the story. that would have been a very interesting learning medium for the new generation apart from adding pace to the story .comedy too was a weak link . at least that should not have occurred ,certainly not in a film showing west punjabis who are at least three times more witty than us.( those who watch their comedy shows can vouch for that). hopefully good percentage of audience may have been impressed and entertained too by the film. But having traveled vastly in Lehnda Punjab and having some knowledge of partition and demo graphical structure and shift related to it, I could not swallow the yawning anomalies in Lahoriye. I would like to send message to the makers of this film,that punjabis in East Punjab are yearning to see more of partition related stories on silver screen.on either side of border punjabis want to learn about other side. Keep your efforts . but next time put some more effort even though that delays the compilation by some months.

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