One Time Watch
Similar plot line, Good Screenplay, Great performances, Average music make Sargi a mixed but one time watch affair.
Movie Review of Punjabi Movie Sargi starring Jassie Gill, Babbal Rai, Rubina Bajwa & Karamjit Anmol. Directed by Neeru Bajwa.
Star cast: Jassie Gill, Babbal Rai, Rubina Bajwa, Karamjit Anmol, B N Sharma, Gurpreet Bhangu
Director: Neeru Bajwa
Producer: Ankit Vijan, Navdeep Singh, Prem Parkash Gupta, Neeru Bajwa, Santosh Thite
Music: Jassi Katyal, B Praak, Gurmeet Singh
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Running Time: 124 minutes
Synopsis: Babbu (Jassie Gill) lives in a small village and loves his classmate Sargi (Rubina Bajwa) but is unable to propose her. One day Sargi gets married to Amreek (Karamjit Anmol) and they leave for Australia. There she works at a coffee shop. There she befriends Kaim (Babbal Rai) who also falls for her. Kaim later learns that Sargi is married. Then Babbu also arrives in Australia after he finds a truth about Sargi’s marriage. What truth has Babbu discovered? Will he ever propose his love for Sargi? Will Kaim/Amreek become an obstruction in his way? Who gets Sargi in the end?
Review: Neeru Bajwa is a household name in Punjabi Cinema. When it comes to leading ladies in this modern era of Punjabi Cinema, nobody can really take her space even today when she isn’t that active in the movie circuit. After turning producer last year with Channo Kamli Yaar Di, Neeru adds another feather to her cap by turning director with Sargi. Also Neeru launches her younger sister Rubina to the world, the world of cinema.
Coming to first things first, I want to address Jassie Gill & Babbal Rai. They were pretty vocal about some websites and newspapers publishing paid reviews in their publications. Our regular readers know that Punjabi Mania does not fall in that category. It may sometimes take a day or two to bring the reviews to you all but almost all the times they have proven to be accurate and box office numbers are the proof of that. We do not want to justify anything but if the makers feel that their films are being loved by the audiences, I DARE them to put the box office numbers out in the open for the audiences to judge it. Merely going to Elante Mall in Chandigarh (we all know it’s one of the biggest properties in East Punjab when it comes to Punjabi films) and going live on the page doesn’t make the film a Hit.
Anyways now lets come back to the film. The story, screenplay and dialogues have been written by Jagdeep Sidhu – the man responsible for writing Nikka Zaildar & Dildariyaan. The story of Sargi is something which we’ve seen numerous times on screen – Multiple boys chasing a girl, trying to woo her, impress her even if it comes at the cost of humiliating the other one. We’ve seen it all. The story was pretty clear from the trailer itself. However, it is the screenplay which holds the key here. Sargi again proves a point that stories to be told are few but it is the manner in which you narrate it, matters.
The first half is very good and sets up the film very nicely for what I thought would be a good second half. And guess what, the second half was pretty half baked. The film got a bit boring towards the mid of second half until the climax where things again became interesting. The dialogues complimented the screenplay and justified on screen what was written on paper. Overall, Jagdeep has done a fair job.
Coming to direction, making her debut as a director is Neeru Bajwa. Neeru chose a very simple story to tell where the plot line revolved around the central character – Sargi. Neeru has been way better than many regular directors in the industry. The film engages the viewers at all times. Sometimes she is making you laugh, sometimes to lighten the mood there were shades of old school romance, even there were emotional elements added as well. Also, Neeru has managed to extract the best out of her actors in terms of performances. Technically as well, the film was very sound. No shady camera work, razor sharp editing, good background score, no unnecessary song sequences, the list goes on.
Coming to performances, Rubina Bajwa makes her debut with Sargi. She is cute and the good news is that if she is handled properly by a good director, she CAN ACT. She seems to have worked a lot on her character, Sargi and it seems in the film. She was good with her expressions, dialogue delivery and she has dubbed her lines herself, which is another plus. The only thing she needs to get rid off is her accent which I am sure that she is aware of with time, it will fade away. Jassie Gill has announced his arrival with Sargi. I hope now there is no looking back for Jassie as an actor. His earlier films had glimpses of good work but nowhere close to this one. Right from scene one till the end, his portrayal of Babbu attached the viewer with him. It seems that the hard work is now paying off.
Babbal Rai as Kaim is yet another improved actor from his last works – Oh My Pyo Ji & a guest appearances in Dildariyaan. Babbal has kept it simple and that is the main thing I liked about his character. He did not try to over act or over do the character which would have made him look like a Fukra on-screen and may have hurt the overall film. All I can say is Good job Babbal Rai. Karamjit Anmol is refreshing in Sargi. He is again doing comedy here but I loved his role. B N Sharma didn’t have enough to do in the film. But whatever he had he did a good job. Same with Gurpreet Bhangu and other supporting actors. The film mostly revolved around the 4 central characters. Special mention for the actor who played Jassie’s friend Pakka in the film.
Music of the film was a big let down. Fer Ohi Hoya was the only shining light in the album. Gaddiyan was pretty average. And so was Veet Baljit’s Dil Tuteya. The duet song, Jhumke reminded me a lot of Jhanjhran from Jihne Mera Dil Luteya. Watch them both back 2 back and you will get what I am saying.
Overall, Sargi has a story which is something which we’ve seen it many times before on screen. However it is the screenplay which grabs the attention of the viewer. The performances are pretty good and Jassie Gill fans will be pretty happy to know that he has done great here. Rubina is confident and Sargi is watchable.