Star cast: Roshan Prince, Jassi Gill, Simran Kaur Mundi, Bharti Singh, Sunny Gill, Anshu Sawhney, Hobby Dhaliwal, Sunita Dhir, Minto and Manoj Sabharwal
Director: Navinder Kirpal Singh
Producer: Aman Gill, Pawan Gill & Arun Mehra
Music: Jassi Katyal & Gurmeet Singh
Censor Details: U/A (Punjabi) – 144 Minutes
Synopsis: MTBR is the story of 2 childhood friends – Prince (Roshan Prince) and Jassi (Jassi Gill) who suffer a setback in love at a very early age and then decide that they will not spare any girl who falls for them and will cheat on her. Things take a turn when both Prince & Jassi fall for the same girl, Simran (Simran Mundi).
Review: It’s the time of comedies in Punjabi Cinema and guess what one more comedy film has registered it’s name in the on-going and what seems to be a never ending list in the history of Punjabi Cinema. However, MTBR is different from the few comedies, which we have seen in the past. Yes, the difference this time is narrow but there is some like the dialogues and jokes of the film are fresh and somewhat new from what we are used to listening on screen these days.
Coming to the writing part of the film, Producer Pawan Gill has written the story for the film and kudos to him for spending huge money on the film but had he spent some extra time on the story, I bet this could have been a superb film. The film exceeds the expectations in the first half, thanks to the screenplay, which is co-written by Pawan Gill, Manoj Sabharwal & Navinder Kirpal Singh.
But like many films even MTBR also falls flat under the curse of the 2nd half where the plot is half-baked and all things seem to be going haywire for a good 20 minutes. Also the length of the film is near to 150 minutes and could have been trimmed to 125 or 130 at least very easily. Dialogues are by Manoj Sabharwal, known for Comedy Nights with Kapil. He’s done a great job here.
Coming to Direction, Navinder Kirpal Singh makes a very confident debut as a director. His vision is very clear right from the beginning portions of the film. But sadly his sound technical skills also could not save the film from sinking in the second half. I am again and again talking about the 2nd half because something really messed up the 2nd half and I am still trying to figure out what it was – Screenplay, Unwanted Sequences or technical faults? No, it’s technically a very sound film. Cheers to John Wilmor for good cinematography and the Editor, Praveen.
Music of the film had to be good for many reasons; the major one being it has Roshan Prince & Jassi Gill in the lead. And Yes, Music is good and peppy to hear. On one side you have peppy tracks like Amb Laine, Rano and on the other side romantic numbers like Suraj. But what stands out for me is the sad song Roi Janda Hai that is sung by Amber. Jassi Katyal & Gurmeet Singh have done a good job at the album.
Coming to the performances, Roshan Prince is a future superstar. After a disastrous experience with Kirpaan he’s risen once again from the Ashes and exceeded his potential as an actor. Jassi Gill is growing as an actor with his each passing film. He’s one of those few Singer turned Actors who I can watch acting on screen, because he is good at it.
Simran Mundi, last seen in Best of Luck has shown some talent this time as an actress. She’s shown that she can deliver if given right kind of roles in future. Also Comedian Bharti Singh who does well has lent the lead actors good support. Also there were Anshu Sawhney, Sunita Dhir & Hobby Dhaliwal who did a good job. Sunny Gill appeared in a cameo. Also the new guy Mintu as Sonu was good in many scenes and Manoj Sabharwal also provided some laughs.
Final Say: I cannot take away from the film that I really enjoyed the first half and it exceeded expectations. But the problem was the 2nd half. However, leaving that aside MTBR is technically a very sound film. Be it the Cinematography, Costumes, Locations or even Art Direction. Such departments are given a backseat in Punjabi Cinema but not here. Overall, MTBH is watchable.
Paisa Vasool: 50/100