Ever experienced those rare moments when though your eyes are ready to jerk a tear yet your lips are involuntarily curved into a beautiful smile? That’s the kind of emotion that Punjabi movie, Daana Paani leaves you with – artfully surreal!
Penned by the creative genius of Jass Grewal and directed by Tarnvir Singh Jagpal (fame, Rabb Da Radio), Daana Paani is a cinematic masterpiece that Punjabi cinema shall forever be grateful for. It’s a gift for the lovers and patrons of Punjabi cinema, by a team that has given its heart and soul to it. Packed with some wonderful performances, heavenly background score and cinematography that soothes the eyes, Daana Paani easily becomes a MUST-WATCH!
Now let’s talk about the story and screenplay. We lay a lot of emphasis on it because the story, indeed, is the soul of this film. Nothing convoluted rather extremely simple, Jass Grewal narrates the life of a girl (Basant Kaur), who’s living in a longing – the longing of her mother mercilessly snatched away from her by the destiny! Married as a child, she lives in a hope that she’d one day get united with her mother after her ‘vidaayi’. However, the surprise entry of Mehtab Singh (Jimmy Sheirgill), an army officer – who’s given the unpleasant task of informing the families of martyrs about their demise – turns her world upside down – for the good or bad? That’s something that you’ve got to go and watch it yourself.
Coming to performances – this film doesn’t have a hero or heroine! Yes, this is a film about human life and emotions, and in real life, all of us have a unique role to play that leads us to our individual destinies. In Daana Paani too, each character has its own importance and every actor fits in their parts very well. This is one film, where Jimmy Sheirgill speaks less but performs more through his eyes, the body language and subtle facial expressions. The toughest part of Jimmy’s role as Mehtab Singh, is that he’s an army man and a true soldier cannot express his emotions openly. Yet, he had to display a myriad of them! How he does that is something that only a man of his caliber can do!
Simi Chahal, too, proves once again why she’s the actress in demand these days! Whether it’s the chutzpah of Mishri in Golak Bank Bugni Te Batua or the innocence of Basant Kaur, Simi knows how to deliver a winsome performance very well. Her best moments in Daana Paani are the ones when she cries her heart out like a small child in the pain of longing for her mother!
Other noted performances are that of Nirmal Rishi and Gurpreet Ghuggi. With no over-the-top dialogues given to them, these veteran actors leave you teary-eyed with sheer talent of their acting! One special mention is reserved for the child artiste – Siddhi Rathore, who plays the little Basant Kaur. Her innocence will surely bring a smile on your face.
Overall, Daana Paani is a classic that shall forever be remembered in Punjabi cinema as a film that shakes your emotions with its brilliant storytelling and heartwarming performances! This is a film that you don’t go for to just hang out but to also feel human: to understand others and ourselves better. Daana Paani, I hope, will introduce something in Punjabi cinema, that’s slowly going out of fashion: simplicity!
What we didn’t like about the film: It’s length! The film is so engrossing that you don’t wish it to end so soon! Also, a little backstory of the mother’s life after separation wouldn’t have hurt either.
IAMPUNJAABI Rating: 4/5