Movie Review: ‘Angrej’

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Movie Review: ‘Angrej’

Punjabi cinema has arrived finally and now the greatest challenge would be living upto the zenith high benchmark by ‘Angrej’. Till now the question was – Do we deserve the cinema we are getting,  overall dominated by stand-up comedy type concepts and’Golmaal’ type scripts. Now a very wise and pertinent question to be asked would be: Do wedeserve this cinema that has come to us as a full-packaged form in the masterpiece called ‘Angrej’? To put it into other words rather than answering this question we can safely say that now is the time that Punjani audience elevates its cinematic sensibilities. We can’t complain that there’s a dearth of such brilliant concepts in Punjabi cinema. Now that you have it, give it your best response because otherwise you run the risk of not having it repeated  again in Punjabi film industry.

Talking about the film in detail, we know that it is set in the Punjab of 1945. But it is needless to say that merely saying is not enough. ‘Angrej’ film ensures that every aspect of it, every thread is woven around that flavour of undivided Punjab. One actually visits it as the journey of the characters progresses. You feel like being one of them.

The writer has done a brilliant job with the story and dialogues being something that stand out from the mundane crowd of Punjabi films we had been a witness to recently. The almost flawless screenplay is and will prove itself to be the thing that carries on its shoulders the success of an experimental subject based movie. ‘Angrej’ is actually a writer’s film and Amberdeep Singh, who has contributed the story, screenplay and dialogues of the movie, is the man who carries the success of the film on his shoulders.

The film has a brilliant opening. It’s brilliant in the sense that it sets the tone and flavour of the film. We have an old man, who comes out of nowhere amidst the already laid down fabric of modern phone-hooked generation. The entry of the old  man serves two purposes – on the one hand he gives us a fair idea that we have two generations in front of us and hence, a comparison would  follow; secondly, he is remiscient and nostalgic about his past and has come to his old house and this proves to be the connecting link with the past times to be portrayed in the film as its main fabric.

Talking about the dialogues, one can only but marvel at their being so beautifully worded. They are not just well-worded but has an indepth connotation. “Azadi aayi nhi sagon fael gayi si”; “Jawani aayi nhi handayi si”; “Fatt khulla chhad chheti bharoo ya patti  bann ke”;  –  a just a few instances. They have some  literary air around them, which makes them all the more meaningful. All dialogues are very aptly placed. There’s one more characteristic feature about the dialogues in this movie, what at times where someone might even do without saying something, we have a word or two, but not just for the sake of saying it. There it adds to the psychological dimensions of the character in question.

The exotic natural sights and sceneries have been used so charmingly that they are in such close proximity of the main fabric of the film, that they become a part of it and thus, add to the portrayal of the particular emotion. For instance, Angrej’s  (Amrinder Gill) pain is depicted by the place where he is standing – an open hut made with dried straws.

Screenplay of the movie is so flawless that not even for a single moment we feel that the writer leaves your finger to be lost in the listless movement. The journey is so perfectly timed throughout the film.

Binnu Dhillon finally got a chance to act instead of just indulging in his funny acts as had been the case in his previous films. In ‘Angrej’ we also have a full-stop to the stand-up comedians getting the limelight in a major part of the film and trying to take forward the plot of the film with they comic acts and punches.

Amrinder Gill has climbed quite a few ladders as far as his acting skills are concerned. Ammy Gill was very repetitive in his actions, not just physical actions like curving up his moustache, but also in his dialogues. There can be two reasons for that – either his role did not require much of verbal brilliance apart from a few charming dialogues or he wasn’t given a major chunk of a larger variety with a view to test the waters since it is his debut film. After all, he is a singer just like Amrinder Gill and that too par-excellence as far the singing capabilities of both the actors are concerned. Of all the heroines Sargun took the cake with her spontaneity while playing Dhan Kaur, though Aditi Sharma playing Maado too did justice to her part.

The music is another highlight of this film. None of the song is imposed or inserted unwanted. The songs have some very good lyrics and nice music. Overall the some songs are actually addictive. The background score adds to the charm.

The humour in the film is so natural and spontaneous that nowhere one is forced to laugh. It is actually witty at times than just simple plain humour. The complexity of emotions and romantic inclinations keep the audience spellbound. It was tough to entangle the situations thus developed till the climax but the have been beautifully justified with full support from the tight screenplay. Overall it is a must watch film, not just once but at least twice.

Star Rating: 4.5/5

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