Vaisakhi List Movie Review
The film tries to be different, but falls flat very soon. Weak Screenplay spoils the fun, but good performances provide solidity.
Star cast: Jimmy Sheirgill, Shruti Sodhi, Sunil Grover, Jaswinder Bhalla, B.N. Sharma, Rana Ranbir, Binnu Dhillon, Vijay Tandon, Prince KJ Singh, Karamjit Anmol, Gurinder Makna, Pukhraj Bhalla, Harpal Singh, Harby Sangha, Naresh Kathooria
Director: Smeep Kang
Producer: GB Entertainment (Amolakh Singh Gakhal, Palwinder Singh Gakhal, Gurvinder Singh Gakhal, Iqbal Singh Gakhal)
Music: Jaidev Kumar
Running Time: 145 Minutes (U Certified)
Synopsis: Vaisakhi List is the story of Jarnail (Jimmy) and Tarsem (Sunil) who escapes the prison for their own reasons – Jarnail’s girlfriend Aman (Shruti) is getting married to someone else and Tarsem wants to see his son once. Also they are the favourite prisoners of Jailer Jalauar Singh Johal (Bhalla). Jailer with the help of the Minister Satpal Mander (Binnu) gets the rest of the sentence pardoned on the occasion of Vaisakhi. However, Tarsem and Jarnail have escaped the prison by then and when they come to know about the pardon, they have to come back to the jail in order to be freed. So they make their way back in? Or are they caught in other problems? Watch the film for the answers.
Review: The plot line sounds interesting, Doesn’t it? It even sounded interesting to me when I first saw the trailer. However, all that begins well doesn’t necessarily has to end well. Director Smeep Kang who has made comedies till now is back with yet another comedy. However, this time he has a different man in the lead but the rest of the characters are the same. He has got his same set of characters and makes yet another comedy of errors which seems to be his tried and tested formula of film making.
The story and screenplay has been done by Shreya Srivastava and Vaibhav Suman. The duo has come up with a concept that sounded very interesting but somehow they failed to create the same magic on paper in the screenplay. At many points the film seemed to be dragged enough for people to yawn and at some points it was funny enough for people to laugh out loudly. But the lows seemed too many when compared to the highs. Also the flashbacks seemed to be dragged a bit longer than usual. Also the writers failed to convince the viewers of the point that it is very easy to get in and get out of jail. If it was that easy then we would have more criminals outside rather than in jails.
Dialogues were penned by Naresh Kathooria. Naresh last wrote the serious Channo Kamli Yaar Di and now takes a complete U turn and returns back to his favourite genre i.e. Comedy. The dialogues are funny, witty, humorous. Whatever you call them, they do their job perfectly – make the audiences laugh. If the dialogues can do that, it means they are good enough to be called good.
Coming to the performances, Jimmy Sheirgill portrayed the character of Tarsem with ease. Coming off a strong performance in Shareek, a character like Tarsem is pretty easy for Jimmy to portray given his class and variety as an actor. He is the perfect choice for the role of a lover boy in Punjabi Cinema and his scenes with Shruti where he has to convince her or when he meets her for the first time were great. Right from the days of Tera Mera Ki Rishta, Munde UK De or Mel Karade Rabba, Jimmy has mastered such characters with ease. On the other hand, the leading lady Shruti Sodhi had her moments in the film but they were very few in order to impress. But she does a decent job. Sunil Grover, we all know how talented an actor he is. Don’t we know his class as Guthi? He was all right in the film. He was convincing enough in some portions of the film and average in others. Had he worked a bit more on his dialect, it would have been a stand alone performance.
Jaswinder Bhalla has the Midas touch of making us laugh and he does that with ease. And outclassing him this time was B.N. Sharma who made sure that each time he cracked a punch, the audience should not resist but laugh. He was just brilliant as Bahadar Singh and made sure that he stood out in this multi-starrer. Binnu Dhillon had a small role and came very late towards the end but was great as usual. Rest of the cast, included some familiar names like Prince KJ, Karamjit Anmol, Rana Ranbir, Pukhraj Bhalla and many others. All of them fitted well into their characters easily.
Music by Jaidev Kumar varied from good to average. Jatt Mele Aa Gaya by Ranjit Bawa is a blockbuster all over. Tu Dur Gayi by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is soothing and had it been promoted well, it could have worked in favor of the film. Rest of the music is strictly average.
Overall, Vaisakhi List is a not so bad film. But it’s not that good as well. Some may like it and others may call it just another comedy. However, had the screenplay been a bit more engaging and crisp it would have turned out to be a pretty decent affair.