Directed by: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Starring: Kangana Ranaut, Richa Chadha, Jassi Gill, Neena Gupta
Genre: Sport, Romance, Drama
Release date: 24 January, 2020
Running Time: 131 Minutes
Panga is inspired from the life of a national level Kabbadi player from India. It follows her triumphs, struggle and overcoming of stereotypes. It shows how important the love and support of your family is for you to be successful.
Panga is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language sports drama film directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and produced by Fox Star Studios. It stars Jassi Gill, Kangana Ranaut, Richa Chadha, and Neena Gupta, and is about the jovial life of a kabaddi player.
Filming began on 21 November 2018 in Panaji and the first schedule was wrapped up on 7 December 2018. The second schedule of the film was wrapped up on 27 February 2019. The film is scheduled for release on 24 January 2020.
Story of Panga was conceived from the life of a national level Kabbadi player in July 2018. It follows her triumphs, struggle and overcoming of stereotypes. It shows that the support of family is important and stresses that your kin standing behind you, no one in the world can take ‘panga’ with you (mess with you). In an interview Tiwari told that she wanted to keep evolving with stories that talk about relationships in a new-age Indian family. She further told that Fox Star Studios was exactly in the same space of storytelling and she was filled with gratitude to work with them.
Panga was announced on 21 August 2018 with Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari sharing an emotional Instagram video montage of herself, Kangana Ranaut, Jassi Gill, Neena Gupta and their families, indicating that when your kin stands behind you, no one in the world can take ‘panga’ with you. Ranaut told Mumbai Mirror in an interview: “When Ashwiny narrated the film’s story, I was completely moved. My family has been my pillar of strength and have always stood by me through thick and thin. I could really relate to the emotions of the film. Plus, Ashwiny is known for her slice-of-life films and I loved her recent work in Bareilly Ki Barfi. Panga is even more special for me as, for the first time, I will be playing the role of a National-level Kabaddi player. That’s going to be challenging for sure! I am looking forward to some exciting times with Ashwiny and the Fox Star team.”
Gill who is playing role of husband of Ranaut in the film told Mumbai Mirror: “I loved the script, especially the inspiring family angle. The film is a roller-coaster of emotions but to me the real Indian family feeling was the most heart-warming part of the subject. Since I come from a very close-knit family, I could identify with the story.”
The actors appearing in the film as kabbadi players including Ranaut underwent training in kabaddi for over two months.
The film went on floor on 23 March 2017 in Panaji. The first schedule of the film was wrapped up on 7 December 2018. The second schedule of the film was wrapped up on 22 June 2019. The director planned next schedule in a Delhi stadium in April. The third schedule of shooting began in April 2019 in Delhi. The Delhi schedule of the film was completed in mid April and next schedule of shooting to begin in Kolkata. The filming was completed in mid July 2019, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, the director of the film wrote on her Instagram account, “My dearest Panga Humans are the sun. The sun that spread a ray of hope when things seem really impossible to achieve.”
First look of the film was shared by the director of the film Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari on 7 March 2019, a still photo in which leading pair is laughing while looking at the sunset. The film is scheduled for release on 24 January, 2020.
The film’s music is composed by Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy while lyrics are written by Javed Akhtar.
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Panga Movie Review:
You could blame the universe for conspiring to name a film starring Kangana Ranaut as Panga; or perhaps it was a conscious decision taken by the makers once the actor came on board. Whatever may be the case, Panga is an honest, relatable film that will stay with you long after you leave the theatre.
A sincere ode to motherhood and those countless sacrifices that a woman – as a mother and a wife — makes for her family, director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s Panga presents the minutiae of our daily lives as compelling cinema. It is also the story of hope and how dreams don’t come with an expiry date. Kangana’s dialogue, “Maa ko sapne dekhne ka haq nahi hota. Agar main fir bhi dekhti hoon to main selfish hoon. I’m a cruel mother,” resonates with you.
This slice-of-life drama is an immersive experience with its simplicity and endearing narrative. And to top it all, you are treated to some great performances right from the word go.
Jaya Nigam (Kangana Ranaut), a middle-class woman working in Northern Railways, is a former kabaddi champion and captain of India’s women kabaddi team. While she continued playing the sport after her marriage to Prashant (Jassie Gill), she leaves her dream midway after she becomes a mother. Seven years later, when her son Adi (Yagya Bhasin) gets to know ‘all that his mom could do but didn’t’ because she chose her family over her passion, he decides to push her to make a comeback, at the age of 32.
What begins as Jaya’s efforts to please her son soon reignites something deeper within her. She decides to earn a spot in the national kabaddi team, and her struggle to compete with young girls, regain her fitness, learn the tricks of the sport all over again and and make her family proud keep you invested for the next two hours.
After Nil Battey Sannata and Bareilly Ki Barfi, Ashwiny has once again made a film that leaves an impact without being too heavy on your heart or mind. It’s the subtlety with which she has narrated Panga that deserves applause. And the local flavor — be it Bhopal, Mumbai, Kolkata or Delhi — that she blends in the script and characters are something you can’t miss.
I quite like how Ashwiny pays attention to the smallest of details that subtly yet evidently hint at Jaya’s undying love for the sport she abandoned. For instance, the fact that she has a habit of kicking her husband in her sleep or when her son wants to participate in a 100m race in his school, Prashant tells her ‘isme bhi apni maa ki tarah sports ka keeda hai’.
The story is ably backed by some superlative performances. Kangana is in her element and once again proves why she’s a star who doesn’t belong to any league of actors, but has a niche of her own. She lets you connect with Jaya in whatever she does — the way she speaks, dresses, cries, laughs, goes to work, takes care of her family and amid all this, wants to be happy for herself.
Richa Chadha as Meenu, Jaya’s best friend and a kabaddi coach, gives a nuanced performance while staying true to her boisterous and badass character. She brings in moments of laughter too with her Bihari accent. Neena Gupta as Jaya’s mother shines in the limited screen time she gets, especially in the scene when she’s telling her daughter to not forget what her mother did for her.
Jassie Gill is good and grabs your attention whenever he’s there but you don’t miss him in his absence. Although he’s shown to have a great comfort and chemistry with Kangana, his expressions don’t say much.
It is the youngest member of the cast, Kangana’s onscreen son Adi who truly lights up the screen. Mind you, the little boy has been given some clever lines and comic punches too that he delivers confidently. For instance when he tells his father, “Bhagwan ka roop hoon, jooth nahi bolunga. Aapko Ganga nahane ka mauka de raha hoon,” sound innocent yet funny.
Written by Ashwiny along with her husband Nitish Tiwari, and Nikhil Mehrotra, Panga has some emotionally charged moments and there’s a constant attempt to top them up with a streak of comedy to keep them light. I loved the way each and every character is well etched and never appear as caricatures. The screenplay that connects Jaya’s present day life to a flashback that shows her as a young, vibrant kabaddi player has been beautifully knitted together. He film celebrates life, relationships, friendships, bonds and more than anything, the desire to make yourself happy.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music goes well with the narrative and at no point the songs being played in the background seem out of the place.
The only thing that somewhere doesn’t go down well with Panga is its pace. There are some scenes that look a bit stretched, and while you know what’s going to happen next, the wait only seems longer.
Other than that, this wholesome family film is a must watch for the way it is told, for being real and for the emotional chord it strikes with you from the very beginning.
Song Title: Panga – Title Track
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Singers: Harshdeep Kaur, Divya Kumar, Siddharth Mahadevan
Song Title: Dil Ne Kaha
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Singers: Jassie Gill, Asees Kaur
Song Title: Bibby Song
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Singers: Annu Kapoor, Sherry
Panga, starring Kangana Ranaut in the lead role, also stars Richa Chadha as another female lead. The makers have now unveiled her look from the film after introducing Kangana’s onscreen family earlier in the day.
Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari unveiled Richa’s look in a poster featuring the actor sitting alongside Kangana on stairs. The two can be seen sipping tea and sharing a light moment. While Kangana is in a salwar-kurta, Richa is in denims and shirt paired with a jacket and sport shoes. Ashwiny captioned the poster, “Jo sapne dekhte hain woh #Panga lete hain.Jaya aur Meenu; inki dosti ki kahaani hum sab se judi hai..”
#Panga posters are the best movie posters of 2019…. Fight me if I’m wrong….
— Aparna Das (@Aparna__Das) December 21, 2019
The film also stars Neena Gupta who features in one of the film’s posters released on Saturday. It shows Kangana, Jassi Gill, Neena and a child actor as a happy small town, middle class family sitting on a sofa and smiling their hearts out.
While Neena plays Kangana’s mother, child artist Yagya Bhasin plays Kangana’s son in the film. Jassi supposedly portrays the role of Kangana’s husband.
Panga refers to picking up a fight in Hindi and has Kangana in the role of a Kabaddi player named Jaya Nigam. The trailer of the film will arrive on Monday while the film will hit movie theatres on January 24, 2020.
Other solo posters of Kangana show her either dressed in a sari and sitting comfortably on a sofa in her house or standing in a balcony, dressed in a pink salwar-kurta.