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Trailer Review: An idiosyncratic ‘Khido Khundi’

The trailer of Rohit Jugraj’s ‘Khido Khundi’ has released amidst superabundant approbation. The film was earlier slated to release in the first week of this month, but will now release on April 20 after a one and a half month-long delay. The trailer was released yesterday evening on the official YouTube channel of Saga Music. At the time of writing this article, it has received in vicinity of three lakh views and is trending at #40 on the same platform.

Full credit to Rohit Jugraj for coming with a deep-dyed hockey-based story for it is the first time that someone has touched upon this subject in the Punjabi film industry. The movie stars Ranjit Bawa, Mandy Takhar, Manav Vij and Guggu Gill in prominent roles. It will mark the acting debut of Elnaaz Norouzi in the Punjabi industry. The highlight of the trailer is undoubtedly Manav Vij. The fervour and fire with which he is seen playing the role of a coach is worth the praise and remembers us of Shah Rukh Khan from Shimit Amin’s ‘Chak de! India’.

From the looks of the trailer, it can be assumed that the movie is a fictional story of two brothers (Ranjit Bawa and Manav Vij) and their passion for the game of hockey. Perhaps, it is this passion and enthusiasm which compels them to accept the challenge of the English coach in the modern times. Khido Khundi seems to be about the lost faith and belief of Punjab in Hockey and how our players still have it in them to dominate the game despite its distressing state in the region.

Something which has made the movie all the more authentic is the explicit description of the historical village of Sansarpur (near Jalandhar) in Punjab. The story about the village and what it has given to the Indian hockey team in the past is customary to the world. Having said that, whether there is a serious reference about the village in the movie or it has just been related to gain those extra eyeballs, only time will tell.

Making a sports-centric movie is easier said than done because it involves a plethora of minute details which need to be taken care of. For example, there is a scene in the trailer where English players are playing Hockey on a grass field. Such fields were replaced by artificial turfs decades ago. Had that scene been in India, it would have still be acceptable, but players playing on a grass field in England is a bit hard to digest. The value of the trailer could have been enhanced had there been scenes of Bawa playing hockey in its true sense.

It is too early to say anything, but the scene between Manav Vij and Mandy Takhar showcases a personal reason which the former follows ardently to coach the team. Khido Khundi appears to be more of an individualistic story. There is no harm in such a story, but the reality is that hockey is a team game and it is always better if you show the story of the whole team and not of an individual self. I am again laying emphasis on the fact that these are just suppositions and more can only be said one the movie is released.

Watch the trailer below and tell us what you feel about the same in the comments section:

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