The ugly craving for a male child, the demonic caste system, the exploitation of the poor by the rich, the hollow ego of men – well, these are some of the evils that have stained the image of Punjab since centuries.
We are glad that finally a mainstream high-budget Punjabi film is going to address these issues. The film is Ardaas and its promising trailer has got us really excited to watch the film. Here are some more reasons why Ardaas is a film that Punjabis should watch:
Gippy Grewal – Yes, Gippy Grewal, the versatile Punjabi superstar has attempted to give a cinematic face to the ruthless practices prevalent in Punjab since centuries, but not as a hero but by going behind the lens. Yes, he is the DIRECTOR of this film. When we asked Gippy why he wanted to make such a film, he said, “Many of my fans complained to me that in films, we generally glorify the ‘flamboyant’ image of Punjabi Jatts, which is generally far away from reality. The truth is that many farmers in Punjab are committing suicides and living a life of poverty. That’s the reason I decided that whenever I get a chance to make a film, I would pick up these issues as the theme of my film.”
Ammy Virk: Ammy Virk, who won many hearts with his ‘haasiyaan khediyaan’ and sparkling smile in his debut film Angrej, is going to play a prominent part in this film. The superbly talented artiste has an attractive persona and awesome screen presence. We can’t wait to see him back on the big screen.
Gurpreet Ghuggi, Rana Ranbir and Sardar Sohi: We mostly relate this trio of superb actors with just comedy. But many perhaps don’t know that Ghuggi started his career with serious roles in Doordarshan’s telefilms like ‘Parchhavein’, and who can forget his mindblowing performance in ‘Jatt James Bond’. And, Rana Ranbir’s heartwrenching performance in Punjab 1984 has had us craving to see him in more intense roles. We are glad that Ardaas gives these versatile actors a chance to showcase their wonderful acting prowess once again.
Mandy Takhar: While in Punjabi movies, most of the actresses are used as just an icing on the cake, here’s Mandy Takhar who has bagged a meaty role in Ardaas. In fact, the bubbly actress is almost unrecognizable in this film. With a no-makeup and poignant look, Mandy has made a strong statement to her critics, who had written her off as just another ‘decoration piece’ of Punjabi films.
Badshah: While Ardaas is Gippy’s first film as a director, it is Badshah’s first film as a producer. But interestingly, he hasn’t either sung or given music to this film. “Ardaas’s music could only be done by one and only Jatinder Shah. There was no question about it,” says Gippy.