The movie can be watched for it conveys a strong message despite some shortcomings.
Movie review of Punjabi Film ‘Nankana’ starring Gurdas Maan, Kavita Kaushik, Anas Rashid, Tarsem Paul, Gurmeet Saajan and Sachin Sharma.
Director: Manjeet Maan.
Producer: Jatinder Shah and Pooja Gujral.
Music: Jatinder Shah.
Running Time: 128 minutes (U/A certified).
The movie starts with an early morning scene of Amrit Kaur (Kavita Kaushik) speaking to her husband Karam Singh (Gurdas Maan) before visiting the local gurudwara. The conversation between the two of them speaks a lot about them as individuals and as a family. On watching her wife going barefoot to the gurudwara in a bid to fulfill her wishes, Karam explains her as to why these superstitions should not be followed.
It is this pragmatic attitude of Karam which puts him to a contrast with people in his village and especially his father, Dharam Singh (Tarsem Paul). A school master as he is, he is often accused of bringing his professional lessons in his and others personal lives, which not many people of those times feel comfortable with. As a result of which, his chacha, Jeet Singh (Gurmeet Saajan), and his son Dhari (Anas Rashid) do not like him.
Despite being married for several years, Karam and Amrit do not receive the privilege of becoming parents and receive a lot of flak from their family members for the same. Citing the same in mind, the father-son duo of Jeet and Dhari come up with a self-centered ploy. At this point in time, the movie catches the interest of the audiences for it becomes essential to know if Jeet and Dhari will become successful in achieving their gluttonous plan.
The first half of the movie receives an abrupt end. Post which, the movie walks the unexpected path as conveying too many things on-screen in an hours time hits the movie badly. The story, written by Pooja Gujral, is mediocre at this point in the movie. It appears as if two parallel stories are running at the same time, none of them complementing each other. Poor camerawork and overall execution and predictability of the movie doesn’t help its case either.
Talking about the actors in the movie, the first name which comes to mind in Gurdas Maan, who has appeared on the silver screen after a hiatus of four years. Apart from his appreciable acting, what amazed me was the way in which, even at this age, he brings the required energy in his character. For the second time in a row, Kavita Kaushik has impressed the Punjabi audiences.
Anas Rashid, making his debut in the Punjabi film industry, continued his form on TV on to the big screen. Perhaps, his surrendering in front of director Manjeet Maan worked well for him. The experienced duo of Tarsem Paul and Gurmeet Saajan were praiseworthy as usual. Aditi Sharma, who played a cameo in the movie, portrayed the role of Nankana’s mother (Salma) with full conviction. A special mention needs to be done of Sachin Sharma (Lalo), who played the role of Karam’s blind brother.
In which was another comeback, director Manjeet Maan both impressed and disappointed for such was the dual nature of the movie. The second half of the movie could have been made in a much more improved manner which could have saved the overall fortune of the movie.
The music of the movie was average for a Jatinder Shah musical project. Agreed that the story didn’t have space for any commercial song but the songs in it could still have been better for the public has high expectations from the combo of Shah and Gurdas Maan.
Overall, the movie can be watched for it conveys a strong message despite some shortcomings. Notwithstanding the execution, the subject of the movie has it in it for you to carry something back home. Moreover, the story might be of the pre-independence era, the message which it conveys still needs to be catered to.