Critic’s Rating : 4.0 / 5
Bajre Da Sitta Movie Review : The film is like a beautifully arranged soulful sound in a world packed with noise
Set in the late 60s or early 70’s ‘Bajre Da Sitta’ is a tale of two sisters Roop (Tania) and Basant (Noor Chahal). These young ladies are blessed with beautiful vocal abilities. They never got training in singing, yet their voices were compared to the melodies of a nightingale. Owing to their talent, they are approached by a recording studio that wants to feature them as their artists. However, coming from a typical old-school Punjabi family, their fathers don’t want them to do anything with singing or music. Fortunately for the girls, the fathers witness a change of heart on continuous persuasion, so they allow the sister to sing but under a lot of restriction. Initially, the names of the girls are kept under the wraps as per the rule of their parents, but later when the record label’s new edition makes their names public, things change. On one hand, where it brings joy to the hearts of Roop and Basant, on the other hand, it brings shame to the name of their family. The dreams that were yet to be painted are washed off, and the girls are told never to sing again.
In the world of masala entertainment, writer-director Jass Grewal has brought musical drama to the big screen. It was not just a big step, but a risk as well considering it is the road less traveled. However, we are glad that Jass took this risk and made the movie because a concept as beautiful as this is like a breath of fresh air.
The musical tone of the movie was set right from the beginning. It established the charm and magic of music which not just comes from mere instruments but is present in the very being of the universe.
Further, Tania and Noor as Roop and Basant colored us impressed. They are both playing simple, innocent girls, who love to sing, play around, smile, and spread happiness. They don’t have an understanding of the talent that they are blessed with, but they relish themselves when they sing. Moreover, their bond with one another as sisters is something that tugs at the heartstrings. It’s pure, relatable, and just effortless; it is something that ensures that the smile never leaves your face.
Coming to their performances separately, Tania once again has proved her mettle. The girl entered the industry by doing side roles, and today she shines as the hero of the movie. Her character itself is so well written, but the flesh that Tania adds to it is phenomenal. Her simplicity, innocence, grace, everything leaves an impression. In short, Tania as Roop will make you giggle with her grinning and at the same time, will make you shed a tear with her crying.
Moving to Noor Chahal’s work, the actress is here to stay. She made her debut with such a beautifully crafted character. Her role didn’t have the glam quotient but had a charm. She did full justice to her part.
The film also features Ammy Virk in a very pivotal role. He was seen more in the second half of the movie, and this time he didn’t play the perfect man, at least not initially. However, the flaws that his character had, perfectly showed the mindset of the people of the bygone era.
As a matter of fact, every actor in the film owned the screen with their presence. There are no words for Guggu Gill playing the role of a typical strict Punjabi father. He is somebody who doesn’t need words to define the mood of the character, his expressions alone are enough to do the job. Similarly, other stars like B.N. Sharma, Nirmal Rishi, Seema Kaushal, Rupinder Rupi, and more, once again proved that screen presence matters more than screen time.
Now let’s move to the intangible and unseen hero of the movie – the music. Live instruments, soulful voices, and the folk touch made sure that the music as the real essence of the film flourishes and touches hearts. Kudos to Jaidev Kumar, Avvy Sra, and Ustad Hansraj Behl for arranging all the melodies with such simplicity.
Last but not least, a crown must be given to the cinematographer and editor of the movie, without whom many scenes would have lost their impact. Right from the flush of properly toned sepia, to adding dramatic visual effects, to ensuring that the length of the movie doesn’t look stretched, they took care of everything.
In a nutshell, ‘Bajre Da Sitta’ is a beautifully weaved story with a little predictive but thought-provoking climax, which has been embellished with the work of a skillful cast and crew.