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Movie Review: Panga


Producer- Fox Star

Director- Ashwini Iyer Tiwari

Star Cast- Kangana Ranaut, Richa Chaddha, Jessi Gill, Neena Gupta, Yagya Bhasin

Genre- Social



Jyothi Venkatesh

Panga is all about the endless hours of work that diligent and self-effacing mothers put behind their families and is a sincere film that sets out to urge them to pursue their dreams diligently and never give up on their dreams. Jaya Nigam’s (Kangana Ranaut) life is steeped in domesticity juggling motherhood and a job at the railways as the booking clerk but as she was at one time the captain of the national kabaddi team when rekindled with passion, she decides to resume playing kabaddi with vengeance once again after a seven-year gap.

When her seven-year-old son, Adi (Yagya Bhasin), and her understanding and loving husband, Prashant (Jassie Gill) implore to try her luck with the game and Adi tells her that he wishes to see her play again, she decides to oblige, even if just to humor him for a short while. Kangana is terrific as the 32-year-old who takes up the challenge of proving herself in the game of kabaddi after a gap of seven years, with effortless ease.

Whether it is Richa Chaddha as her best friend and a kabaddi coach or Neena Gupta who plays her mother or her team as well as roommate Nisha (Megha Burman) – each of these women is a well fleshed out character playing an intrinsic part in the narrative. However, Adi steals the show with his one-liners while Punjabi actor Prashant makes every woman yearn for a husband who is as supportive as Prashant is.

Also, mention must be made of the brilliant writing by Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, Nikhil Mehrotra and Nitesh Tiwari which is undoubtedly the backbone of the film. The soulful soundtrack (music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, aided by excellent lyrics by Javed Akhtar) is woven in so smoothly that it does not even for a moment distracts you but yet touches the right chord. Ashwini Iyer Tiwari deserves kudos for making an attempt to come up with films that are mundane and also out of the box and tackles subjects that are very serious in a light manner.

In short, Panga is a film that emphatically takes up the much-needed cause of women empowerment in today’s times and is also an extremely well-crafted film. The humor and emotionally charged moments are juxtaposing and deliciously balanced and the outcome is certainly motivating and exhilarating. Do not miss to catch up with this film which is an ode to motherhood and make you realize that chasing one’s dreams is a must.

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