Last weekend a Punjabi film titled “Saunkan Saunkne” released which created quite a buzz amongst audience and critics. The film Produced under Naad Sstudios in association with Dreamiyata Entertainment had the biggest opening weekend for a Punjabi language film which also affected the star studded box office collection of Jayeshbhai Jordaar. My readers probably know my love for Punajbi films and the fact that Qismat starring Ammy Virk and Sargun Mehta is my absolute favorite film of all time. There was no way I was going to miss watching Saunkan Saunkne which has the same lead pairs. So lets find out whether this film lived upto to all the hype and my expectations.
The story revolves around a married couple (Nirmal & Naseeb) in a small village of Punjab who even after 8 years of marriage fail to conceive a child. Naseeb’s (Sargun) desire to have kids and at the same time also worries that her husband might get remarried if they do not have children. On her mother in law’s suggestion Naseeb decides to get her husband married to her younger sister Kirna ( Nimrit Khaira) as she can only trust her sister to not turn her husband against her and share her husband with. What happens when two sisters live under same roof fighting for the love of the same man forms the crux of the story.
A lot usually gets spoken about bromances in films but this film truly belongs to the chemistry between the two sisters and their banter to win love of the same man. The film is hilarious and maintains a good balance of comedy and drama. However, I wished this ended differently.
The story penned by Amberdeep Singh Ji makes for an interesting plot. The screenplay stands at a daunting 150 mins which flows by quickly. The situation created within the premises are hilarious and consistent throughout. As an urban audience viewer I would be lying if I said that the plot did not make me uncomfortable. But I decided to view this film solely for entertainment purpose which gave me a wider prospect. The subject matter is sensitive and therefore I wish it ended differently.
Performances / Music/ Direction
When you have a stellar cast like Ammy Virk, Sargun Mehta, Nimrit Khaira, Nirmal Rishi ji and Sukhwinder Chahal ji amongst others you know the performances are going to be solid. Special mention of Nimrit as its my first time watching her and she has a very good screen presence and comic timing. I absolutely love watching Ammy and Sargun together. They always bring certain amount of innocence and honesty in their portrayal which is endearing. The title track Saunkan Saunkne is quite catchy with hilarious lyrics. It is always an add on when the actors themselves sing their songs. Songs throughout are good and well synchronized with the film, but nothing too special. The Direction by Amarjit Saron ji keeps getting better by every passing film. His direction in this film is at par with his work in Honsla Rakh.