Film: Bhangra Paa Le
Mold: Sunny Kaushal, Rukshar Dhillon, Shriya Pilgaonkar
Director: Sneha Taurani
IANS Rating: * * (two stars)
Two high-energy dance sequences are not surprisingly unique moments of this film, which attempts to roll into a basic dance formula with a history of the season, a hint of gender struggle, the usual ruse of myth and melodrama, and one absolutely Forced underground stream of nationalism.
The problem with "Bhangra Paa Le" is that you have seen all of the above very often – sometimes in the same package, as well as separately in Hindi films. The movie has no USP, unless you count the fact that it marks Vicky Kaushal's brother Sunny Kaushal's entry into the realm of Bollywood commercials.
Honestly, Sunny and Rukshar Dhillon's old-fashioned coalition would seem to be the only reasons why the movie can be so fun. Green Agents are serious about their efforts – especially in the dance sequences – as a somewhat predictable film.
Sunny plays Jaggi, the local dance star of an Amritsar college. He dreams of winning a major dance competition that will take him to London. For this to happen, his troupe needs the perfect female actor. She puts one on immediately when she sees Simi (Rukshar Dhillon) free spirit on the dancefloor. Although the sparks fly, there is one blow: Simi belongs to an opposing college and will never work with Jaggi. Sunny and Simi may like each other, but they will not avoid giving each other fierce competition for a dance competition.
The story of Jaggi and Simi moves to an expected track and is indicated by a flashback background for his grandfather. Unfolding in India in 1944, we introduce Jaggi's grandfather (Sunny in a double role) to the trenches of war. Captain, as Jaggi's grandfather, was known to everyone, loves to break into a bhangra, but falls into a cruel world of violence. Kaptaan's love affair with the friendly beauty Nimmo (Shriya Pilgaonkar) occupies an important narrative space.
In essence, Dheeraj Rattan's script seeks to combine the power of romance and the magic of dance. It would have worked if the story had some original ideas to support the current drama. Stock situations that bring the story forward have failed to hold interest for a while, especially because the film has no interesting points and spins.
Sunny Kaushal is a natural protagonist who lives with Jaggi's sensitivity to his age as well as his dance skills. If it weren't for the half-baked characters who get to play, both Sunny and Rukshar – as well as Sunny and Shriya in the other romantic part of the film – would probably have scattered chemistry.
"Bhangra Paa Le" has obviously tried to make the frequently stated point that the power of any art – in this case, dance – transcends every dimension. To meet this, the film needed solid music to support psychedelic dance performances. Unfortunately, despite the fact that artists like JAM8, Rishi Rich, Yash Narvekar and A. Bazz are composers, the soundtrack is unable to find a single number that stays with you after the movie ends.