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Honsla Rakh review: Diljit Dosanjh and Shinda Grewal rock the swag in this fun entertainer

Release Date: 15 Oct 2021 / 02hr 25min

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Sukhpreet Kahlon

The Dussehra release looks at issues of single parenthood with dollops of humour.

Diljit Dosanjh’s Punjabi-language film Honsla Rakh (2021) is a delightful romantic comedy and a treat for all Dosanjh fans. Directed by Amarjit Singh Saron and written by Rakesh Dhawan, the film also stars Shehnaaz Gill and Sonam Bajwa and marks the debut of Shinda Grewal, son of Punjabi actor-singer Gippy Grewal.

Dosanjh plays an NRI (non-resident Indian) Yenky who is a single parent and lives with his son Honsla (Shinda Grewal). Though the father and son now share a loving bond, things were not so rosy for Yenky as Honsla’s mother Sweety (Gill) refused to take responsibility for the child and left her husband and son to pursue her career.

Yenky is in search of another companion and falls in love with Jasmin (Bajwa). However, things get complicated when Sweety wants to return and Yenky finds himself spinning one tall tale after another.

An entertaining film, Honsla Rakh does not take itself too seriously. There are plenty of laugh-out-loud dialogues and scenes that keep the audience entertained. Yenky trying to take care of his infant son is the source of much mirth as are his experiments with yoga! Given that the storyline is quite different from regular films, there are several issues that the film delves into, especially pertaining to single parenthood and unplanned pregnancies and one wishes they had been explored with more depth. Instead, issues get resolved easily. Predictably enough, despite everything, there is a happy ending.

What really keeps the momentum going is the chemistry between the father and son. Honsla behaves more like a parent and the banter between the duo is entertaining. Together, they rock the swag and are oodles of fun to watch. They play games together, strategize about finding the right woman, and are effectively partners in crime. One can take a moment to think about the kind of example the father is setting for his young son, but this is a comedy and no one really gives these serious matters a thought.

Dosanjh is up to his silly antics once again, which keeps the mood of the film light and enjoyable. Shinda Grewal is impressive in his debut role and is definitely someone to watch out for. Bajwa is a perfect foil to Dosanjh and looks like a million bucks. Gill, however, is just about passable in her role.

There are several foot-tapping groovy numbers, with 'Chanel No 5', 'Guitar' and 'Lalkaare' being the highlights. With dollops of humour, Honsla Rakh is an enjoyable film to watch this weekend.


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