Directed by: Rakesh Mehta
Starring: Gippy Grewal, Neha Sharma, Vikramjeet Virk, Roshan Prince, Dheeraj Kumar, Raghveer Boli
Genre: Action, Romance, Drama, Thriller
Release Date: 28 February 2020
Running Time: 140 Minutes
The teaser of Gippy Grewal’s upcoming Indian Punjabi action thriller film Ik Sandhu Hunda Si (2020) was released on the occasion of Lohri today. The film stars Neha Sharma, Pawan Malhotra and Mukul Dev.
While the pre-teaser of the film focused on the film as an action-packed one where Grewal is introduced as being ‘the boss’ Sandhu, who bashes up the supposed goons; the teaser adds other facets to the film – stressing on the values of love and friendship.
Sandhu is established as one who not only values his love, played by Neha Sharma, but also his friendship, as a friend is wheeled out sitting on a wheelchair. The film is set on a college campus, so presumably, the film features rival college groups that clash with each other at various instances.
The poster of the film shows the silhouette of Grewal’s back where he is holding a hockey stick, which he uses to beat up people. Whether or not he is part of a college hockey team that gets into scuffles or not, remains to be seen. The teaser prominently features Pawan Malhotra in an authoritative role, so one is curious to see what the clashes are all about and how Malhotra features in it.
Ik Sandhu Hunda Si follows Grewal’s successful film Daaka (2019) that was a light-hearted comedy drama. In this film, Grewal concentrates more on serious actions as he is showcased in vengeful, bitter fights. Director Rakesh Mehta has concentrated on stylized action sequences that seem to abound in the film, so that is where the focus of the film clearly lies.
All Grewal fans are waiting with bated breath for the film’s release and Ik Sandhu Hunda Si promises to be worth the wait! The film is all set to release on 28 February.
Ik Sandhu Hunda Si: Movie Trailer
There’s nothing wrong with a film that follows the mainstream masala template—romance, action and student politics. As long as it evokes a few laughs, a few tears and the script is not sketchy and the characters are convincing. To begin with, this Sandhu is too behind his times, easily two decades behind.
He punches well, saves his friends and stands up for the students and spits dialogues like ‘University de vich sirf do hi cheeza chal diya ne, Ik kitaba te duja Sandhu da naam.’ So far, so average.
But still better than his lady love (Neha Sharma), who wears a Patiala salwar kameez on the university campus, a red one at that and dreams of being a housewife, instead of a city life. “Tu kheti karen te main roti le ke aawan.” So far, so very average.
Equally unconvincing is their love story. The one you do not connect with even for a split-second. Because it’s mar-mitan vaala love at first sight and one that suffers from a convenient script. Picture this, the heroine walks in, scolds the boy for wearing shorts and being violent and the next day he is a pant-shirt clad white collared convert, who wakes up early.
Wait, the first half still keeps you glued and expectant as every scene introduces a new character against the repetitive overplayed background score…Sandhu, Monty, Gill, Virk… you get the picture. Literally all of whom play their part and deliver the dialogues to perfection, especially Vikramjeet Virk as Kala and Pawan Malhotra as Jagga MLA.
Despite the ever fit and favorite Gippy playing the titular Sandhu and a compelling ensemble cast comprising also Roshan Prince and Babbal Rai, the film fails to take you along their journey. Which is why the buck clearly stops at the poor script, clichéd dialogues and lazy direction, which unfortunately involves names that are other otherwise recognized in Pollywood, that of writer Jass Grewal and director Rakesh Mehta. What, however, would keep any Punjabi amply distracted are the aerial shots of Open Hand, Panjab University lawns, the famous Students Centre and ample scenes shot around the City Beautiful, the PU election rallies, the colorful pamphlets and the works.
Now come to the clichés (no, we spared you so far), the girl is about to be married off to the friend of her brother, who happens to belong to the rival faction. Or, something like that. Does he get the girl? Does he manage to convince the brother or beat him up? The brave ones can go and find out. By and large, it’s also a story of romance in the university hostels, of errant boys with golden hearts and subjective values. Maybe if they added the subtitle, Ik Sandhu Hunda Si —1980 Vich, because clearly it takes a lot more to pull off a Dabangg or a Rajinikant, if that’s what the makers tried to do. This Sandhu will be soon forgotten and remain in the past much like its title, but hopefully Gippy, you can overcome this and rise like a phoenix and be still relevant.
Song Title: Charche
Lyrics: Happy Raikoti
Music Composer: Desi Crew
Singer(s): Gippy Grewal & Shipra Goyal
Song Title: Galib
Music Composer: B Praak
Singer(s): B Praak
Song Title: Ik Sandhu Hunda Si
Lyrics: Akashdeep Sandhu
Music Composer: Jay K
Singer(s): Angrej Ali