Is Punjabi cinema ready for a pure ‘Whodunit’ film? Well, the producers of upcoming murder mystery, SAAB BAHADAR definitely think so!
Coming from the banner of Whitehill Studios, SAAB BAHADAR is going to be the FIRST ever Punjabi mystery thriller starring Ammy Virk in the titular role! Whitehill Studios, which has always set a new trend in Punjabi cinema be it any genre with blockbusters like, Jatt and Juliet (a romcom), Sardaarji (a fantasy film) or Punjab 1984 (a socio-political drama), is ready for another experiment now.
While the ongoing trend in Punjabi cinema is that of period or culture based movies like Love Punjab, Ardaas, Rab Da Radio, Bambukat etc, it will be interesting to see how this new experiment by the mighty duo of Gunbir Singh Sidhu and Manmord Sidhu fairs at the box office.
When asked how did the makers of blockbusters decide to produce a short, crisp and a ‘no nonsense’ thriller this time, Gunbir Singh Sidhu says, “Though Saab Bahadar is going to be a mystery thriller but it has all the ingredients in it that are required from a commercial film, and I strongly feel that Punjabi audience, which has embraced all kinds of genres with an open mind will totally love this new experiment by us. Although Punjabi cinema has grown by leaps and bounds in the last five-six years but unfortunately nobody here attempted this kind of a film before while Bollywood has been dishing out suspense thrillers since the 60s. I am quite positive now that our audience will love SAAB BAHADAR – a super-engaging film that will make sure that you remain hooked to it till the very end.”
With the lead role being played by a charmer like Ammy Virk, the film is directed by Amrit Raj Chadha. In suspense dramas like these, the story is the backbone, and it is written by one of the most in-demand writers of the moment, the talented Jass Grewal (behind films like Bambukat, Rabb Da Radio and Faraar).
With some of the finest actors like Rana Ranbir and Jaswinder Bhalla added in the mix as well, Saab Bahadar might well serve us with the perfect concoction of high -octane emotions whipped with right doses of action and comedy.
One look at a trailer, and we find that the cinematography is eye-feasting (despite the film being set in the early 90s era), and editing seems crisp too! We just hope now that what is being promised by the filmmakers through the posters and trailer, actually turns out the same or even better, in the cinema halls too next month.
So are you ready for a thorough cerebral experience this 26th May? We sure are waiting for our Punjabi ‘Sherlock’ with bated breaths. If it works, Saab Bahadar, might even become a new Punjabi franchise film after Jatt & Juliet and Sardaarji series. All the best to the entire team of Saab Bahadar!
Enjoy the trailer!