Saadey CM Saab Review
Can be avoided. There is nothing great about this one.
Review of Punjabi Film Saadey CM Saab starring Harbhajan Mann, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Kashish Singh, Dev Gill and Rahul Singh. Directed by Vipin Prasher.
Star cast: Harbhajan Mann, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Dev Singh Gill, Rahul Singh, Kashish Singh, Inder Bajwa and others
Director: Vipin Parashar
Producer: Sumeet Singh Manchanda
Running Time: 143 minutes (U/A Certified)
Synopsis: Yudhvir Singh Sidhu (Harbhajan Mann) is a young politician from Lok Seva Party who dreams of becoming the CM of Punjab one day. One day, the present CM dies in a road accident, and fresh elections are announced. Yudhvir is chosen ahead of Daman (Dev Gill) to be the CM candidate of Lok Seva Party. He is supported by his childhood friends Dimpy and Inder played by Gurpreet Ghuggi and Rahul Singh at every stage during the campaign. Just 2-3 days before the polling, Yudhvir is shot and loses his memory. Further, he’s accused of the murder of the previous CM which was shown as a road accident earlier. So if Yudhvir actually the culprit? Does he become the CM? Find out once you watch the film.
Review: Saadey CM Saab has finally released after it was pushed ahead of it’s previous release date of October 30. I didn’t understand the point of delaying the film then because frankly speaking a ‘BAD FILM’ remains ‘BAD’ no matter whenever it releases. I am pretty much disappointed after watching Saade CM Saab because the makers pitched the film as something else and it turned out to be something else. They did not stick to one aspect. The plots were continuously shifting and never stuck to a point.
Coming to the story, it has been penned by the producer Sumeet Singh Manchanda himself and frankly the story lacks meat here. The story which provides for the base of the film was not at all strong and could not lay a solid foundation for the film. And making things worse was the screenplay, which was penned together by 5 writers: Rajan Khera, Shekhar Gupta, Rajiv Thakur, Balraj Syal, Surmeet Maavi. There is a saying that ‘Too many cooks spoil the party’ and this is what happened here. The screenplay could not provide a vision to the film which it badly needed since the story was baseless. There were no polling sequences shown. The makers did not bother to show of how Yudhvir became the CM, how he won the elections when he literally did not remember anything, when did he take the oath, etc.
If I start pointing out error, I will have to write a separate article about that. Coming to the dialogues, there were simply not any great dialogues or even a single memorable dialogue eat all in the film. Rajiv Thakur, Balraj Syal, Surmeet Maavi together wrote the dialogues and they were basic and simple and not extraordinary. Ironically, in last week’s release Kaptaan, I praised Surmeet Maavi and Balraj Syal for their brilliant work but they’ve not done a great job here and that’s the truth.
Director Vipin Parashar who was confined with the job of making a political thriller film, has made a mess of whatever he got to make. It can be that the script was weak, but the direction was even weaker. He did not stick to one aspect till the end. In the beginning, Yudhvir was shown talking to the audience twice in Frank Underwood style and suddenly that stopped. Also, I did not understand what was the main point of making this film – If it was politics, frankly there was not any politics at all except for the 1st 20-25 minutes. And does a CM Candidate roam around freely in a village without any security and supporters. I am just being modest here and saying that it’s not a well made film. That’s it!
Coming to the performances, the film had 2 of my childhood favourites: Harbhajan Mann and Gurpreet Ghuggi. They might have done an all right job but it was nothing extraordinary. The less I write about it, the more it is better. Kashish Singh, last seen in Yaaran in a forgettable role might have to forget this one as well. She lacks that spark and carried the same expression in every mood – Sadness, Romance, Cheerful. Same Expression all throughout! She really needs to improve if she needs to become a name here in Punjabi Cinema. Rahul Singh, I don’t know what he was chosen at first place. It was a role any Punjabi Actor could’ve done. Rahul who is struggling to make a mark in Bollywood, was chosen to be a sidekick of the lead hero here, which for him is an accomplishment. The baddie, Dev Gill was purely overacting here. He probably mistook his character and played it very loud and violently. Those things may be liked by the audiences of the south but this is Punjab. Other actors in supporting roles spoke their dialogues whatever was given to them.
Coming to the music, it was a dissapointment, especially if the album contains names like Harbhajan Mann, Daler Mehndi, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Harshdeep Kaur. The composers Avishek Majumder, Rishi Siddharth, Goldkartz failed to create the required magic which music does to a film.
Overall, Saadey CM Saab is a very big dissapointment. Probably one of the worst films to come from Harbhajan Maan and remember he’s done a Yaara O Dildaara. The film doesn’t live upto the expectations and it’s not at all a political thriller film. It’s something which is a mix of Drama, Romance, Political, Thriller, etc. A mixed bag of all genres.