Movie Review - Jatt Boys Putt Jattan De

Review by +Bikram Bathh
Cine Punjab Reviews
August 23, 2013

First things first, Jatt Boys Putt Jattan De doesn't degrade the Punjabi movies as a few intellectual Punjabi Cinema fans have been complaining, neither does it bring down the Punjabi film standards to that of late 80's and early 90's when Punjabi films were all about Jatts, revenge and senseless action.

In a time when Punjabi Cinema is facing some criticism for churning out only comedies, Jatt Boys Putt Jattan De offers something altered; however, it will still be considered as an infancy step towards that change and not a total game changer. So, does Jatt Boys Putt Jattan De work? Yes and No! It does break the muddle of comedies but doesn't offer sufficient entertainment (read Drama/Conflict) to be taken as a serious contender for this change. Singh Vs Kaur earlier this year proved that Punjabi audience was yet again ready for action oriented films and if Jatt Boys Putt Jattan De succeeds at the box office, we may expect more action films in Punjabi Cinema.

Synopsis: Sanwal Gill (Sippy) and Waris Brar (Aman) are group leaders at a college, who have a love hate relationship inherited from their fathers. They aim to get along for the sake of the other students but that resolve is severely tested when a beautiful girl named Seerat (Isha) walks into their lives. Sanwal is immediately smitten and pursues Seerat. Meanwhile, she only has eyes for Waris and resolves to win his heart. Rival college leader Jolly wreaks revenge on Sanwal and Waris by inflaming tensions between them.

Story/Screenplay/Dialogues: The problem with Jatt Boys Putt Jattan De is that neither it is an action film, nor a comedy or a romantic movie; it combines all of these in a somewhat poor screenplay. Character actor turned writer Prince K J Singh needs to go back to the screenplay fundamentals before he churns out another film as a writer. He has great potential which can be seen is his dialogues. However, he has completely messed-up the establishment of his characters and conflict. Usually successful Bollywood or Indian films have seen five-six acts (3/3) compared to standard Hollywood's 3 act rule and this is where the screenplay falters, instead of having these highlights, the film doesn't offer a good introduction and climax leaving just the Pre-Interval scenes as somewhat stronger. Excessive use of songs is another downer for the film. The length of the film is mere 130 minutes and more conflict could have been added. Characters could have developed a lot more than what we see in the film. For instance, characters played by Rahul Dev and Sukhdev Sukha are so badly written and make them appear as mere roles and not characters. Similarly, the conflict between the senior group (Om Puri, Gugu Gill, Mohd Saddique, Sardar Sohi) is just too confusing and could have been way better explained. Dialogues are really good and make you look upon them. Overall, the screenplay lacks flow. A mediocre job!

Acting: Sippy Gill's subtle yet macho portrayal of his character is sure to win him fans as well as haters. He looks bloody scary in his angry look expressions but also succeeds in connecting through his emotional scenes. Isha Rikhi is beautiful and does a good job; a few more films will decide her fate. Watching Om Puri and Guggu Gill is such a treat for Punjabi film lovers and both of them don't disappoint in whatever is given to them. Dhaliwal delivers a terrific performance; I don't understand why he is not having solo releases, he’s such a fine good looking actor. Rahul Dev in a special appearance is competent and also looks dashing. Jaswinder Bhalla is repetitive yet lovable. Razia Sukhbir is good. Sardar Sohi, Daljit Kaur and Mandeep Kaur are wasted. Karamjit Anmol is in terrific form. Mohammad Saddiq is okay, Sukhdev Sukha is plastic but his presence in the Song College is commendable. Harinder Bhullar looks different without a turban, makes you giggle in whatever he's got. Prince K J Singh as the main antagonist is good but suffers from his own mediocre writing; nevertheless, he’s got a good amount of screen presence. Overall, Good performances!

Music: Jatt Boys Putt Jattan De has multiple composers Dr. Zeus, TRU-Skool, Laddi Gill, Justin Thind and Jawar Dildar who deliver a very good album. Some standout tracks are Bin College De, Title Track – Putt Jattan De, Kudam Kabila, Yarra Ve and Kabutri. Item song Preeti was not needed and it is the only dull track from the album. Overall, very good music!

Direction and Technical Aspects: First time director Simranjit Singh Hundal does a good job. There is definitely a lot of room for improvement but attempting a non-comedy in today's time deserves him and his producer a pat! Action by K. Ganesh Kumar is never seen before for a Punjabi film but a lot of it may appear fake and too overboard. Editing by Bunty Nagi is average; however, not much blame can be given to the editor when the screenplay itself is confusing. The director takes a few cinematic liberties and there are also a few continuity errors, most noticeable one being the anti-climax where Sippy Gill is hurt badly and still turns out without those injuries in the very next scene. Cinematography by Akashdeep Pandey is apt. Overall, Good!

Jatt Boys Putt Jattan De is a brave attempt that breaks the clutter of comedies in Punjabi Cinema but it lacks a solid foundation in form of a good screenplay. Watch it for its ensemble cast, terrific performances (mostly), excellent music, stylish dialogues and over the top action (if you are fan of it).

Rating - ★★★

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