Critic’s Rating : / 5
Babe Bhangra Paunde Ne Movie Review : A sweet story that is comic but not mindless
Jaggi and his two friends are looking for get-rich-quick schemes to pay off a huge debt they have incurred from a lender. This leads them to an old age home to legally adopt an old man, Iqbal abandoned by his children and usurp his insurance money once he dies. Iqbal doesn’t die soon, unlike what was predicted by his medical statistics, leaving Jaggi to think of more devious ways to use Iqbal and his friends from the old age home, for making a loot. What follows is a happy ending where Jaggi is reconciled into accepting Iqbal as a fatherly figure, even though his schemes get exposed.
Jaggi (Diljit Dosanjh) and his two friends are trying to find ways to get out of their basement living and pay off a debt taken to get rich. One of these ways brings them to an old age home to adopt an orphaned old man. Run under the medical supervision of Preet (Sargun Mehta), Jaggi adopts Iqbal (Sohail Ahmed), after Preet apprises him of his failing health, in the hope that he will pass away soon, leaving Jaggi as the sole legal heir to his insurance. However, instead of deteriorating in health, Iqbal only gets better under the care of Jaggi and his friends. This frustrates the trio and sends them scheming more ways to make money quickly. The plot is funny to begin with, as scripted by Naresh Kathooria (film writer), but what makes it hilarious is the serious (pun intended) punch added to the situation by Diljit Dosanjh. Like his music, which has matured over the years, Diljit’s humour is more nuanced too. Instead of making this a run-of-the-mill romcom, this film stands on Diljit’s shoulders as a refined comedy that will truly leave you entertained with its hilarious, but not over the top kind of ragtag amusement.
While in the first half the film did flirt with some cliched gags and circumstances, the second half is innovative, even for Punjabi films that master the art of comedy. One of the differential points in this film vis-à-vis other comedies is how the film has reinvented the use of a bunch of old men and women to usher in the climax. As the pack from old age home get into Expendables avatar to rob the Queen’s crown to rally around Jaggi’s fictitious, sinking JJ shipping company, this is unseen character playing that makes you fall in love with this older generation and their gothic makeovers. While Gurpreet Bhangu remains the most notable name among them, others too deserve equal credit, not to forget Sohial Ahmed and his special brand of old Punjab humour.
The film is well directed by Amarjit Singh and doesn’t slip into loose ends in editing or screenplay. Sargun may not have a meaty role in the film, but she adds gravitas to her role of the caring doctor, which comes through in all authenticity.
The music, though peppy in its own accord, is not doing justice to promote the story in any way and thus stays a disappointment. It’s time filmmakers started getting songs especially made for Punjabi films rather than picking random numbers in the name of filmy music.