Directed by: Sneha Taurani
Starring: Sunny Kaushal, Rukshar Dhillon
Genre: Drama, Music, Comedy, Romance
Release Date: 03 January, 2020
Running Time: 176 Minutes
It is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language comedy-drama film, directed by debutant Sneha Taurani and produced by Ronnie Screwvala. It stars Sunny Kaushal and Rukshar Dhillon. This film marks the Hindi film debut of Balraj Singh Khehra and Himanshu Sharma. Movie, which was to be released on 13 September, is now scheduled to be released on 03 January, 2020.
Ronnie Screwvala, launching debutante Sneha Taurani as director, planned this music and dance film. Bhangra Paa Le is set to be a bridge between the traditional forms of Bhangra from Punjab and western dance forms from all across the world. Launching Sunny Kaushal, Rukshar Dhillon was cast opposite him. The filming began in January 2019.
The official trailer of the film was unveiled by RSVP Movies on 30 September 2019.
The film is scheduled to be released theatrically on 03 January, 2020.
The music of the film is composed by Shubham Shirule, Keeran, Aakashdeep Sengupta, Kaushik – Aakash – Guddu (KAG), Ana Rehman, Nilotpal Munshi, Kiranee for JAM8, Rishi Rich, Yash Narvekar and A Bazz with lyrics written by Shloke Lal, Kiranee, Shubham Shirule for JAM8, Siddhant Kaushal, Mandy Gill, Raftaar, Yash Narvekar, Manisha and A Bazz. The song “Bhangra Paa Le” is a remake of the song “Bhangra Paale” from the film Karan Arjun.
Bhangra Paa Le Movie Trailer:
2018 was high on josh as Vicky Kaushal received accolades for playing an army man in Uri: The Surgical Strike, this year begins with his younger brother Sunny Kaushal exhorting you to join him for bhangra. The dance film Bhangra Paa Le may falter on many levels — from its storyline, script, narrative and pace – expect Sunny to dance into your hearts with his performance.
He’s charming, convincing and knows his strengths and weaknesses and can he dance! He is ably supported by spirited debutante Rukshar Dhillon as the duo light up the screen and burn the floor with their bhangra moves.
A part time DJ, Jaggi Singh (Sunny Kaushal) is a bhangra champ whose dream is to win the inter-college championship and reach bhangra battle in London. Running the same race is Amritsar’s best ‘female’ bhangra dancer, Simi Kohli (Rukhsar Dhillon) who wants to win the competition and be done with her “boring family history”. While the two represent two colleges who are bitter rivals, sparks fly and the rest you have already watch in scores of films earlier.
Cut to pre-Independence era and we’re transported to the World War II where Captaan (Jaggi’s grandfather; also played by Kaushal) is caught in a dusty battlefield. As his comrades start losing hope, he picks up a dhol and pumps them up with traditional folk dance. Amid a series of flashbacks, he is also shown wooing his ladylove Nimmo (Pilgaonkar) with his dance moves. So, you see, bhangra is in their genes. There’s even a dialogue in the film: ‘Log bhangra seekhte hain, hamare toh khoon mein hai’.
With two stories going back and forth in time so seamlessly, I would like to call it a smart move and clever direction but with a feeble script that rarely registers; all you get in the end is a predictable series of events unfolding one after the other. Only saving grace is the peppy dance numbers that make you sit up and groove a little, and there are 11 of them! The one that truly strikes the chord is remixed version of Bhangra Paa Le (from Karan Arjun). Though the high-spirited soundtrack is like the backbone of the film, after a point, the repetitive dance sequences get too much to handle and what one hopes for are some real dialogues.
Even the characters are shown dancing more than talking. While Kaushal’s Jaggi is far more interesting as a character than Captaan, his scenes and chemistry with Nimmo win you over. The love story with Simi is rushed and looks superficial. As individual performers, both Pilgaonkar and Dhillon are decent in their parts. In fact, there are scenes where Dhillon even overpowers Kaushal’s screen presence.
Given the story is set in Amritsar, there are quite a few Punjabi stereotypes that you are force-fed. Take the names of lead actors, for instance – Sunny, Simi and Nimmo – so much for being creative and this is the best makers could come up with? And then there are many characters like the bijis and baujis, cool Punjabi mommies (Sheebha Chadha and Jayati Bhatia), strict fathers (Parmeet Sethi and Sameer Soni), but somehow even their eccentricities bring a smile to your face.
Dheeraj Rattan’s story lacks depth and even debut director, Sneha Taurani, fails to grip you with her work. She has tried to weave the traditional folk dance with an urban story, but she needed a far stronger and crisper script to hold on to people’s attention.
Bhangra Paa Le can just be summed up as a feel-good film that makes you dance, sing, smile but there’s nothing overtly meaningful that it has to offer. Punjabis and those with an innate love for bhangra might just love it for obvious reasons.
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