Bollywood is already overshadowing elder brother. Vicky Kaushal, from a humble debut with Masi, is now the black horse that the filmmaker sees. In that light, Sunny Kaushal here, who has not made it big yet, but is consistent with his efforts. Following her debut in the Sunshine Music Tour and Travels that did not hit a brief appearance in Gold Spot and Golden, here, she is accompanied by her third outing, a dance drama. Is BHANGRA PAA LE a game-changer, or not?
BHANGRA PAA LE hangs around with Jaggi (Sunny Kaushal), a Punjabi boy and a bhang bhangra. He gets through an international competitive stage and needs to perform as a dance to a larger audience to win over other contestants. However, Jaggi is not your regular Bhangra man. He is trying to move beyond a set dance form and merge Bhangra with several Western dance forms and bring a flavor of fusion. Parallel to this is the story of Jaggi’s grandfather, Captain Singh (Sunny Kaushal), a warrior who fought World War II. It is also, as it seems, how different generations are tied together in the essence of evergreen music and dance. Then comes Simi (Rukshar Dhillon), not as the romantic partner of Sunny’s dream but as her rival. A Punjabi Punjabi girl, who has a strong grasp of Punjabi folk footsteps, is the daughter of a single mother. Will Jaggi manage to win the competition, will Bhangra obsess over the audience?
The story (Dheeraj Ratan) closes between two different time periods, trying to kill a raga with similar love, loss and suffering. However, the depiction is rather forced. As a soldier who wants to come back to his girlfriend’s house, Sunny has a good relationship. As a college boy who is unable to accept his defeat, he does not impress us much. While the idea of an enthusiastic dancer seems good at retaining his art, the script is, in fact, entangled. It drops at its own pace several times, and focuses too much on the dance part, so does not maintain its compactness. Also, if you are someone who has seen LOVE AAJ KAL, you will probably end up finding a gallon of equality!
BHANGRA PAA LE made his directorial debut for Sneha Taurani, who previously assisted filmmakers like Ayan Mukherjee and Mohit Suri. Her approach to the story is fresh, but the product is mundane in many parts. It is one thing that BHANGRA PAA LE has no exceptional plots to offer you, but Sneha’s attempt to spin a predictable story may yield better results.
Coming in for performances, while she did not have the kindness in her debut film Sunnyshine Music Tour & Travel at the box office, Sunny Kaushal got the metro. You could say that seeing how he assimilates the energy, passion and determination that his character demands of him to show. Furthermore, he has certainly put in noticeable efforts to master his steps. Rukhsara looks great when she grooves, but she still has a long way to go in terms of acting. Rukhsar and Sunny’s chemistry also does not hold. Shriya Pilgaonkar has a brief part to play, and with her calm self.
Music has been worked on by young, off beat and talented composers such as A Baaz, Rishi Rich and Yash Narvekar. But, 10 songs in 2 hours sounded like an overdose, and no song really stays with you. Rather, the background score is tidy and situational, and complements the mood. Cinematography (Jeetan Harmeet Singh) is clean but does not have any special significance in the film. However, the editing (Antara Lahiri) has saved the film to a great extent. If time is missed, we will probably get confused about who is doing what.
Overall, the BHANGRA PAA LE is a strictly average one-time watch with no notable performance. At the box office, it will go largely unrecognized.