Come August, and the people of Pakistan will be celebrating their 73rd Independence Day while Indians will celebrate their own just a day after. Though both the countries have fought a handful wars but one cultural arena that binds at least the Punjabis of both sides, is “Movies”. One such film, “Chal Mera Putt”, has released today starring Amrinder Gill in the lead along with several renowned actors of Pakistan including Iftikhar Thakur, Nasir Chinyoti and Akram Udas!
‘Chal Mera Putt’ is directed by Janjot Singh and co-produced Karaj Gill and Ashu Munish Sahni under the label of Rhythm Boyz Entertainment, Gillz Network and Omjee Star Studios.
Based on the life of Indians and Pakistani illegal immigrants who are living in the city of Birmingham, United Kingdom, Chal Mera Putt explores the struggles they face, the lasting friendships they make and the insurmountable challenges they overcome while trying to get their permanent residency.
A light-hearted slapstick comedy which is taken to impressive heights by the humour generated by Nasir and Akram Udas together, makes ‘Chal Mera Putt’, a cut-above the rest. While Amrinder Gill and Simi Chahal’s cute yet ‘full-of-suspense’ romance keeps the audience engaged till the end, it’s the character artistes like Hardeep Gill and Gurshabd that provide a roller-coaster of emotions to the audience throughout the film.
Though touted as a comedy, Chal Mera Putt has elements of emerging as a complete entertainer, as its story is not an ‘ordinary’ one. It traces the ups and downs of real life while touching on various aspects of human life and their connections. In addition, the movie successfully manages to dive into the Indo-Pak tiff between its common people, and how the realization that even though divided by borders, after all, they are basically all just Punjabis at heart, going through the similar struggles and sufferings of life.
If the Pakistani actors did their job extremely well, the Indians were not left behind. Amrinder Gill kept the audience entertained throughout the film throwing his grace and charm in every frame he featured in. Simi looks absolutely adorable as a decent, educated and responsible girl studying, living and working abroad. Her hairdo and outfits suit her well and her performance is just how it was needed in the movie.
Hardeep Gill as a ‘Dholi’ steals the show with his mature performance and Harshdeep is well-suited in the role of a young illegal migrant. Akram Udas deserves a special mention once again for not just his comic act but showcasing a multi-layered performance effortlessly.
While we were not totally impressed by the cinematography of the film that included some shots perhaps using hand-held cameras? And some strange angles! But the soundtrack album by Dr Zeus and Gurcharan Singh, work in the favour of the movie.
Final Word: ‘Chal Mera Putt’ is too good an entertainer to be missed this weekend. Explore India Pakistan relations in a new light, and while having a good laugh, learn what actually binds the hearts of us ‘Punjabis’ together regardless of which side of the border we come from!