The month of March has already been quite good for Punjabi cinema with Love Punjab and Ardaas offering some real entertainment but nevertheless the most-awaited film of March was ‘Ambarsariya’ – Diljit Dosanjh’s film after the debacle of Mukhtiar Chadha. Finally the wait is over and here’s our review of the film.
Ambarsariya’s trailer was so deftly crafted that it was enough to drag us or anybody else to the theatre. Speculations before the film ranged from Diljit’s character being an undercover cop to a even a terrorist. But the moot questions is did the movie deliver as expected?
Maybe our expectations were too high considering Ambarsairya was a comeback of Mandeep Kumar, whose Jihne Mera Dil Luteya in 2011 brought a new revolution in Punjabi cinema. Many people also considered this combination – Mandeep Kumar and Diljit Dosanjh – a lethal combination that would take Punjabi cinema to a completely new level. However, the film landed below our expectations.
Ambarsariya is a story revolving around a RAW agent, ‘Jatt Ambarsariya’ (Diljit Dosanjh) who is on his mission to save the life of Punjab’s home minister (Shivendar Mahal), who is fighting an honest battle with drug mafias of the state. RAW Agent? We could have had a CBI agent too! RAW raised our expectations even further!!!!!
The movie begins on a promising note. Without wasting much time, it’s revealed that the character of Diljit Dosanjh is living a dual life – as an insurance agent and an undercover cop. But the fun would’ve been had there been different shades to the character. He is the same funny guy as an insurance agent as well as, as a spy except speaking a line or two in accented English, but that doesn’t impress! We understand the tension immediately from the scene where his identity is revealed, We also understand that everything we are watching from now on is building up the suspense and mystery. But the problem is that so many red-herrings start boring and the film reaches a point where it is so easy to predict everything. There’s mystery but there’s not thrill.
With camera work being excellent, Amritsar looks beautiful with all those drone shots and the film’s non-linear plot helps in maintaining the suspense. Diljit’s old funny style made us giggle a bit the point is ‘Kab tak’?
Overall, the script could have been crisper and instead of trying to be more suspenseful, Diljit Dosanjh’s character could’ve been more developed. In Ambarsariya, he shows his comic timing but fails to impress as a RAW agent.
Performances wise, Diljit is a mega star and he doesn’t disappoint in any way. He does full justice to whatever his character demands from him. He makes us laugh, and all his scenes with ‘Jaanu’ including the climax were par excellence. Not to mention, his amazing styling sense which will steal many hearts for sure. Navneet Kaur Dhillon looks modern wearing mini-skirts in the streets of Patiala but her dialogue delivery is desi and irritating. Monica Gill is average. Lauren looks hot and impressive but the child actor ‘Jaanu’ (film name) did an incredible job. Gurpreet Ghuggi , Rana Ranbir and Binnu Dhillon in guest appearances, left special impact in the film. All the scenes involving them are amazing. Gul Panag is decent.
We don’t know whether it’s story/screenplay writer or director’s fault but the film lacked something. Nevertheless, a good attempt in suspense/mystery genre, but we missed claps and whistles badly in the movie (something that is given in a ‘Diljit Dosanjh’ film).
We are going with 3 stars.
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