Presenting a delightful blend of Punjabi and Haryanvi culture served with the perfect concoction of emotions, comedy and awesome performances, ‘Vekh Baraatan Challiyan’ is a must-watch for all Punjabi cinema lovers this weekend!
While the unique storyline by Naresh Kathooriya remains the ‘hero’ of the film, the way it is brought on the screen by Ksshitij Chowdhary and his team of brilliant actors makes Vekh Baraatan Challiyan, a thoroughly entertaining film overall.
The cute chemistry between ‘Jaggi’ (Binnu Dhillon) and ‘Sarla’ (Kavita Kaushik) is so very well executed that at one moment, one feels like laughing at the duo while on the other, it makes one emotional. Thanks to the intense performances by Binnu Dhillon and Kavita Kaushik that prove how just the performance alone can sometimes make or break a scene. In this case, even some ordinary scenes with fewer dialogues were brought to life by these two actors! How we wish that Kavita Kaushik stays in the Punjabi film industry and takes up more films.
A huge departure from her Chandramukhi Chautala (F.I.R.), in VBC Kaushik gets to play a multi-shaded character – a bold and witty lady in the first half, while a soft-hearted woman in the 2nd, who though falls in love with the lead character, yet heartbreakingly, decides to sacrifice her love for the sake of her father. What an applause-worthy performance!
Lending full support to the lead cast are the dialogues by Kathooria and flawless performances by the likes of Jaswinder Bhalla, Karamjit Anmol, Govind Namdev and of course, Ranjit Bawa, who surprised us with this cute histrionics and commendable acting skills. His performance is not just impressive but also heart-warming. He totally steals our heart with his funny antics as ‘Shindi’ and proves that he possesses a tremendous talent as an actor.
Last but not the least, Amrinder Gill’s chaste ‘Haryanvi’ will win your heart too and the fact that being a true-blue Punjabi Jatt, Gill pulls out a great performance as a ‘Haryanvi Jaat’ speaks volumes about his greatness as an actor. One almost feels like joining their hands for a big applause, the moment he makes his entry in the film.
As far as the plot is concerned, VBC is the story of Jaggi, son of a private bus owner who gets a temporary job as a bus conductor in his own father (Jaswinder Bhalla’s) bus that gives him an opportunity to meet Sarla, a Haryanvi teacher. While Jaggi is a Jatt Sikh from Punjab, Sarla is a Hindu Jaat from Haryana. However, despite the cultural differences, the two fall in love and decide to get married. But, Sarla’s father who is a strong believer in astrology lays down the condition that the two can marry only if their horoscopes match.
This is where the problem arises, as the astrologer discovers that Jaggi is a Manglik and informs Sarla’s father that to save their marriage, Jaggi has to marry a black bitch first. Jaggi agrees for the marriage and a series of comic events begin.
The best part about the film is that there are so many scenes in the movie, that will remain with you long after the movie has ended. For example, the Jagrata scene where bus driver and Jaggi’s friend Resham (Karamjit Anmol) gets caught in the Jagrata ‘mandli’; the first time Jaggi’s and Sarla’s eyes meet, when Pandit ji asks the ‘gotra’ of the dog, and of course, Amrinder Gill’s entry.
The only drawback is its not-so-entertaining second half that tilts more towards gloominess than the comedy that sent us in splits of laughter in the first. The film finally moves more towards delivering a powerful social message and forgets the comic track!
Hence cutting down one star from this otherwise near-perfect and hugely entertaining ‘Vekh Baraatan Challiyan’.
Overall, Vekh Baraatan Challiyan is a must-watch family entertainer that will make you fall in love with Punjabi cinema allover again!
Ballewood rating: 4/5