Mumbai, 29 Jun 2016 17:31 IST
Updated: 30 Jan 2018 13:58 IST
Sardaarji 2 is entertaining but it would have been a real treat with a tighter script.
Film: Sardaarji 2 (U)
Director: Rohit Jugraj
Cast: Diljit Dosanjh, Jaswinder Bhalla, Sonam Bajwa, Monica Gill
The curious thing about sequels in Punjabi films is that they have almost nothing to do with the prequels. This was the case with Jatt & Juliet and the same holds true for Sardaarji.
Sardaarji (2015) was a fantasy film in which Dosanjh played a ghostbuster; while in Sardaarji 2, he is Jaggi Khoohwala, a simple safal kisaan (with toned abs) who adores his buffaloes and gains recognition by growing gigantic vegetables through organic farming. He also has a split personality that goads the peace-loving Jaggi to fight the bad guys. But when his village is threatened and he has to raise a large sum of money in six months, he decides to go to Australia and rescue the villagers from their fate.
The narrative then follows his adventures in Australia where he seems to get mixed up in other people’s business, especially that of Soni (Gill) and Diljot (Bajwa).
The film is a comedy, so there isn’t too much invested in either logic or probability. In the meandering narrative, Jaggi seems to keep forgetting the task at hand until the very last minute. As he tells his shrink, he has spent five months and 10 days and still has no clue how to raise the money.
Sardaarji 2 does touch upon several crucial issues from the water crisis in Punjab to farmer suicides and the victimisation of villagers by the police and local goons. Moreover, the film has a powerful message for farmers to not give up hope in the time of adversity and to think about the families they leave behind when they resort to suicide. The scenes of a young Jaggi with his father are moving but, sadly, the film does not invest enough in building this theme.
Riding high after the rave reviews of Udta Punjab, Diljit Dosanjh is the only reason this film works. His comic timing and endearing character make Sardaarji 2 undoubtedly entertaining. But the film would have been a real treat with a tighter script.
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