Directed by: Neeru Bajwa Written by: Jagdeep Sidhu
After carving a niche in the Punjabi film industry with her beauty and a few hugely successful films as an actor, Neeru Bajwa dons the hat of a director with her home production film Sargi. She has produced and directed this film to launch her younger sister Rubina Bajwa. You will have a gut feeling that she is extremely obsessed about her sister as soon as the opening credits start rolling. Real life commerades and young singing sensations Jassi Gill and Babbal Rai share the screen space for the third time. Sargi is a formula romantic comedy, which boasts to have some really good moments, but lacks the perfect execution.
Babbu (Jassi Gill) is a romantic yet shy village lad deeply in love with Sargi (Rubina Bajwa) since he was learning to wipe his running nose. He learns to write love letters, keeping spiky hairstyles and donning brands, but he could not learn to express his feelings. Suddenly, Sargi decide to solemnize a contract marriage with Amrik (Karamjit Anmol) to go abroad. Desi Devdas Babbu loses all hopes to see her again. Sargi, starts working at a Punjabi restaurant run by Mr. Singh (BN Sharma) and his family. Cupid hits Mr. Singh’s playboy son Kaim aka Karamjeet Singh (Babbal Rai) and he leaves no stone unturned to woo Sargi. Dejected, Amrik tries to impress his contract wife while she starts responding to Kaim’s advances. Meanwhile, Babbu, lands up in search of Sargi and the competition reaches a peak. Who will be lucky enough to get Sargi, forms the rest of the story.
Written by Jagdeep Sidhu, Sargi on paper seems to be a complex story. The characters are realistic and setup is perfectly romantic as well as comic, garnished with an authentic desi flavour. Lalit Sahoo captures mesmerizing beauty of Punjab and Kenya in his frames. The climax is Sargi’s strongest part. Although a little stretched, it gives a desirable dramatic relief to the audience. Farewell sequence and the group-photo scene, are both memorable. In her first directorial venture Neeru tries her best to stick to the genre. The gentleman playing Jassi Gill’s father and guy playing Pakka are character artists to watch for.
The basic problem with Sargi lies in its execution. Other major flaws are casting and screenplay. Apart from the multi-starrer Mr. and Mrs. 420, Jassi and Babbal have never been successful in pulling crowds. They are singing heartthrobs, but as actors they're yet to prove their mettle. Their immature acting combined with immature execution results in a half-baked film. First two acts are slow, boring and tacky. The way writer and director choose to create comedy by ridiculing the affair between a dark-skinned boy and a girl, leaves a bad aftertaste. Most of such scenes might seem uncomfortable to those who are already struggling with these stereotypes in their real life. Apart from a few funny and romantics scenes which, in fragments, amuse you; the film doesn't hold for long. Thus, for the audience, this romantic comedy turns into a see-saw instead of a rollercoaster ride.
Pretty much a lookalike of her sister Neeru, Rubina needs to learn the right accent of Punjabi. She has a charming screen presence and the tag of having successful sister, but she has to work hard on her expressions, body language and dialogue delivery. Jagdeep Sidhu and Neeru Bajwa fail to cast a spell with Sargi. Another disappointment comes from the music department. Music directors Jay K, B Praak and Gurmeet Singh; all three known for their mesmerizing romantic songs seem to have lost their sheen. The only saving grace is ‘Fer Ohi Hoya’. It also seems that the writer doesn’t know how to spell the word Sargi in Punjabi letters, thus Jassi in his love letter spells it incorrectly.
If you are a die-hard fan of mindless home grown romantic comedies you can go for Sargi as a one-time watch. But if you're expecting a Jatt and Juliet kind of RomCom, then sticking to your home theater would be a better option. Homemade popcorns will be healthier for both, your metabolism and the pocket.
Deep Jagdeep Singh
Deep Jagdeep Singh is a freelance journalist, Screenwriter and a Lyricist. http://www.facebook.com/deepjagdeepsingh.