We just saw Panga which is directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari starring Kangana Ranaut, Jassie Gill, Richa Chadha and Neena Gupta. Read the complete movie review here…
Movie : Panga
Cast : Kangana Ranaut, Jassie Gill, Richa Chadha, Neena Gupta and Yagya Bhasin
Rating : 4/5
Plot : The film starts with showing a house-wife Jaya Nigam (Kangana Ranaut) is getting ready for her job as well as making and serving breakfast to her hubby Prashant (Jassie Gill) and son Aadi (Yagya Bhasin) and we get the picture that it is a story about a working women living with her family in Bhopal and what are her struggles and joys. But Panga is much more than just that where it steadily moves forward in defining the characters very endearingly. A former captain of the Indian Kabaddi team, Jaya had given up on her blooming career right after she got to know that her newly born son has low immunity and she will need to give her complete attention. However, her son has no clue about her sacrifice and soon after, his dad Prashant tells him their love story about how they met, fell in love and got married. He also tells him how she gave up on her career for his betterment. This moves his son to an extent that he starts pushing Jaya for a comeback in the sport after doing a complete thesis on how countless sportswomen are still acing in their sport post marriage and having kids. This lights up a spark inside Jaya as she somewhere knows deep down inside that she is not happy with herself and her letting go of her dreams. She is soon visited by her old friend and colleague, Meenu (Richa Chadha) who visits Bhopal as she is scouting players from Bhopal for a Kabaddi team. Meenu helps her to rebuild her dream of a comeback and works on her skills and takes her to Mumbai for regional selections. What happens next is endearing, heartfelt, entertaining and progressive to say the least!
What We Liked : To start off, it has to be Kangana Ranaut who is the backbone of the film. She proves yet again why she brings back the act in an actor so effortlessly. Jaya is captivated but wants to be free and Kangana justifies playing the character so naturally that at times, it feels like Jaya is Kangana and Kangana is Jaya. The story of a supportive husband who takes a backseat and leaves no stone unturned to help her wife chase her dreams is rare and progressive in Indian cinema where it has shown house-wives always taking the back-seat. Kangana as Jaya is strongly committed for her dreams but her weakness is only her family which is shown quite effectively in the film that you tend to remember your own mother at times because let’s face it, all our mothers have given up on their dreams in ways more than one. Coming to Jassie Gill, we have to say that this film must be considered as his actual debut where he has proved his metal as an actor and shows a lot of grit & promise. He is perfectly cast as the supportive husband and dotting dad. The child-actor, Aadi is the surprise-package of the film who sometimes takes the whole limelight with his funny punches and crackling acting-game. And yes, how can we not mention Richa Chadha who is the icing on the cake with such a string author-backed role of a single woman who has no will to marry but all the will to be there for her friend. She plays her part to the T and she is extremely likeable in the film. Last but not the list, we have very less to describe what a beautiful piece of cinema Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari has made yet again. The crisp direction and the endearing story will move you and if it doesn’t, there is some serious problem with you. Take a bow!
What We Didn’t : Absolutely nothing!
Final Verdict : Panga is a slice of life film and we highly recommend this movie to you and you must take your mothers along.
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