Midway through the film, the character of Kangana says ‘Main Maa Hun Aur Maa Ke Sapne Nahi Hote’. A simple line that instantly struck a chord with me. Incidentally, just the other day, Mum and I were talking and she had happened to tell me how she had to let go of a lucrative job when I was small. Perhaps, it is the story of every mother. Sacrifices for the family, crushing her own dreams. Tackling a similar theme, Panga releases this week. Does it hit the right notes..lets find out.
Panga, features a young mother who was earlier a Kabaddi Player and has now given up her ascending career, to take care of her family. And the film traces her journey to rediscovering herself. A simple but sweet story. The screenplay in the first hour is all about these heart warming moments some of which are so relatable that it almost seemed like my mom’s relationship with me. The problem lies in the second hour where the action shifts to the court. Honestly the proceedings aren’t bad as such but are predictable and the sports part has now fatigued me out (same template set in Chhichhore, SOTY, SOTY 2 etc). Also, would have really liked if they had stuck to the main issue and continued to create heart warming moments(there still are a few in the second hour) instead of shifting to Kabaddi. The dialogues are superb, some of which are relatable too. The music is average at best. Director Ashiwiny Iyer Tiwari who had last directed Bareilly ki Barfi, is again in good touch here though she could have ‘tackled’ the second half better!
Neena Gupta is lovely in her cameo. Rajesh Tailang is good as usual. Richa Chaddha is hilarious and has some of the best one liners in the film. Yagya Bhasin, the little boy, is a natural and has a long career ahead of him! Jassie Gill as Prashant is such a sweet and endearing character who is always the silent supporter of his wife(like my dad😊), always flashing his charming smile. It makes you fall in love with him! An ideal husband, one that I will strive to be too! And there is Kangana Ranaut who is wonderfully versatile and here too she literally eats into her character. Totally convincing as Jaya!
On the whole, Panga is about those tender moments which you may have shared with your mother. It deserves to be watched and noticed! Go take your mother along for the film.
PS : Do whatever you want but don’t trouble your mother man!