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Panga Movie Review | Film Review of Kangana Ranaut’s Panga Teaches to Live Your Dream – Bollywood News in Hindi

Many sports based films have been seen in Hindi cinema. Priyanka Chopra’s Mary Kom is also a similar film in which Mary Kom returns to the game after becoming a mother. Returning to sports again after becoming a mother is not easy for any woman because during this time she goes through a very difficult phase not only physically but also mentally. And now filmmaker Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, who helmed Nil Battey Sannata and Bareilly Ki Barfi, has focused on the same theme in his film Panga, which released this week, starring Kangana Ranaut. So will Panga succeed in entertaining people and touching hearts or will it fail in its endeavor? Let’s review.

Panga is the story of a mother who is trying to fulfill her dreams. Jaya Nigam (Kangana Ranaut) is the best Kabaddi player. She also becomes the captain of the Indian Kabaddi team. Meanwhile, she marries Prashant (Jassi Gill) and gets pregnant just before leaving for a big tournament. But she leaves telling her seniors that she will return soon. But her newborn son is premature and very weak. That’s why doctors recommend that he should be kept under strict supervision only then he will have normal growth. And Jaya gives up her dream to take care of the son. She takes up a job in the Railways and divides her time between her work and that of her son Adi (Yagya Bhasin). By doing this 7 years pass. Now Jaya finds it difficult to fulfill the responsibilities. He then meets Meenu (Richa Chadha), who was in Jaya’s team and still plays Kabaddi. One day, Adi suggests that his mother should also return to Kabaddi. He convinces Prashant about this and both make Jaya ready for it. But Jaya feels that she is too old to play and is not even fit. Now Jaya practices but in the beginning she finds it difficult but then she also works hard. Not long after, she learns that she is finally living her life now. Two months pass and one day, she tells Prashant that she wants to continue practicing and tries to get into the Indian team. What happens next will be known after watching the rest of the film.

Divya Rao’s research and concept is very good and simple. The story has a lot of potential and it is also a bit unique. There are many such sports-based films in Bollywood, but a film on the return of a mother as the lead is yet to be made. Nikhil Mehrotra and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s screenplay (additional screenplay by Nitesh Tiwari) also retains simplicity and relatability. The writing is replete with some gripping moments that keep the interest going. On the contrary, it could have been tighter in the second half. Not only this, the film Too Much Dangal [2016] Like it gives. Nikhil Mehrotra and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s dialogues (additional dialogues by Nitesh Tiwari) are one of the highpoints. Some of the one-liners, especially those spoken by the child actor, will make you laugh.

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s direction is good. It has been seen that his own personal experience is reflected in his films. He has handled some scenes very intelligently. The final scene is very good, it will be appreciated with applause and whistles. The beauty of it is that you know what’s going to happen and yet, you get interested in the film and thrilled when it unfolds layer by layer. And it is also interesting to see how Jaya gets support from her husband, her son, her mother, her friends and even her neighbours. Women will especially like it. On the contrary, the guesswork of the script other than the finale reduces the impact of the film as well as its length. Jaya’s flashback does not properly explain how she rose to such heights of stardom. Also, Prashant seemed sad when Jaya announced her plans to make a comeback, but that didn’t happen, as it turned out later. It was a bit bewildering and could have been better done away with.

Panga is a good start to show small town life with focus on Jaya’s family and their day to day activities. There is a lot to see in the first half – Meenu coming back to her life, Jaya reminiscing about her sports days, Jaya getting reprimanded by Adi, Jaya’s flashback and Jaya practicing. The first half is only 51 minutes long. While the second half is about 1 hour 18 minutes long, which could have been shortened. It is heart-warming to see how Jaya balances her passion and that of her family and also how politics is played over team selection. But here the pace of the film is a bit slow as well as the training session seems to be stretched. Jaya does not get a chance to play in most of the matches, it seems repetitive. But thankfully, the climax of the film is quite strong which helps the film to end on a high note.

Panga rests entirely on Kangana’s shoulders though other actors have also done a good job. As always, Kangana delivers a stellar performance and doesn’t deviate from her character even for a second. Kangana as Jaya Maa looks lovely and confident. Even as Jaya player she seems quite comfortable. Jassi Gill delivers his best performance to the fullest extent and his character will be well received. But he does show a little too much gimmicks, especially in the flashback parts, and it makes him look like a caricature. Yagya Bhasin is a rockstar. He plays a brilliant role and enhances the mood of the film at many places. Special appearance credit has been given to Richa Chadha’s presence and which she has played brilliantly. She makes a significant contribution to the film not only in terms of comedy, but also in terms of the much-needed moral support for Jaya. Megha Burman (Nisha Das) makes a late entry, but leaves a huge impression. Neena Gupta (Jaya’s mother) is fine. Rajesh Tailang (Indian National Coach) is good and it is nice to watch him as an actor. Smita Dwivedi (Smita Tambe, team captain), Kusum Shastri (Jaya’s neighbor), Sudhanva Deshpande (Indian Railway coach) and Shantanu Das (Eastern Railway coach) suit their roles.

Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music is soulful but not memorable. ‘Bibby Song’, title track and ‘Jugnu’ are fine while ‘Dil Ne Kaha’ and ‘Whi Hain Raaste’ are forgettable. Sanchit Balhara and Ankit Balhara’s background score is subtle but louder in the scenes where Adi tells Prashant that Jaya should return.

Jai Patel’s cinematography is good in important kabaddi sequences, but in some scenes, it is fine. The production design is Straight of Life by Sandeep Meher. The costumes of Rushi Sharma, Manishi Nath and Bhagyashree Rajurkar also add to the authenticity. Sunita Vishwas Rao (Kabaddi Co-ordinator), Gauri Wadekar (Kabaddi Coach and Choreographer) and Abdul Salam Ansari (Kabaddi Action Director) deserve special mention for making Kabaddi scenes so rich and real. Ballu Saluja’s editing should have been slow.

Overall, Panga is a progressive and heartwarming sports drama film that works well for its brilliant storyline, execution, some fine performances and of course, Kangana Ranaut’s unmatched performance. It will have to compete hard with Street Dancer 3D at the box office as well as create a niche for itself at the ticket windows with positive applause amidst the ever-increasing footfall of Tanhaji – The Unsung Warrior.



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