Star Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Jassie Gill, Richa Chadha, Neena Gupta, Yagya Bhasin.
Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-loy, Sanchit Balhara, Anikit Balhara.
Producer: Fox Star Studios.
Director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari.
A bittersweet Bollywood sports drama of regaining the lost glory, Ashwiny Iyer’s “Panga” is a genuine Word-Of-Mouth hit, a low-budget production movie but never low in terms of talent and Performances!
The story premises of Panga revolves around Jaya Nigam ( Kangana Ranaut), a former Indian Kabbadi skipper who has sacrificed her passionate kabaddi career for her husband, Prashant (Jassie Gill) and her son, Adi (Yagna Bhasin) who due to his weak immunity required special care and attention. Jaya, currently a government servant, punching tickets at Bhopal railway station constantly wonders, what it would have been if she never had to quit her Kabbadi career. Since playing kabaddi was her only passion which made her happy. Learning about the same, Prashant and Adi supportively encourages her to make a 'Comeback' to the Indian national team. Will Jaya be able to make a successful comeback at the age of 32? Will she able to regain her lost glory? How she balances her work-sports-family life? The tale unfolds in the movie.
Whenever a Bollywood story has been written differently, that is when a female protagonist can hope for a scope of showing her acting skills. The talented writer-director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari has shown us the same in her earlier movies Nil Battey Sannata (2015), Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017) and with Panga, she is just moving one step ahead!
Ashwiny Iyer has directed a great film with no loose ends. The adding up of the real-world situation analysis (scenes) seemed as if a student is making his answer impressive to score top marks. Excellent!
A good shift from general mainstream Bollywood masala. Panga depicts life in almost every scene. So skillfully shot! Also, this movie is one that everyone can relate to. Ashwiny, has come up with an interesting storyline and while the presentation is rich, the narrative is amazing. The dialogues are well written. Especially the dialogue "Main kya kar sakti thi, aur main kya kar rahin hoon" the audience can relatably feel the pain of the character Jaya. There are many funny one-liners too.
The screenplay is very tight with a runtime of 2 hours 9mins, it just shows how crisp the editing is. The Music and background score is melodious. Anyone who knows the technicalities of movies knows how important the casting is. Since actors are the ones who execute and connect the story with the audience and casting director, Mukesh Chhabra has handled the casting department brilliantly. Special casting Yagya Bhasin for the role of Adi, all set to turn out to be the-find-of-the-year.
Only negative we could think of is the slow-paced first half of the movie though the interval bang is promising and the second half has its own share of fun and emotional highs. The movie has many scenes that will touch your heart and many quirky one-liners that will make you burst out of laughter.
Talking about the performances:
The movie has an outstanding star cast. A movie doesn’t need a hero, it needs a queen; Kangana proves it true, yet again! She carries the movie responsibly well. The best way to describe her fabulous performance is by confessing that we forgot we were watching Kangana. We were all glazed into Jaya!
Jassie Gill, Singer-Actor, was brilliant playing character of a doting husband. His charming smile throughout the movie is delightful. Kangana-Jassie as husband and wife looked very beautiful together.
Yagya Bhasin! Aah! The CHOTA PACKET BADA DHAMAKA is damn-damn good!!! His face, his cute smile, his dialogue delivery, his comic timing! Par-excellence!!! At the end of the film that one actor that you will absolutely love and adore is 'Yagya Bhasin'! Outstanding Acting by the youngster.
Another brilliant actress, Neena Gupta, needless to say, how talented actor she is. The 2019 best actress Filmfare award winner for the movie 'Badhaai Ho', plays the supporting role of Jaya's mother, does proper justice to her role. Shared a small screen-time yet she shines.
Richa Chadha playing the character of Meenu, Jaya's coach and friend was quite a surprise! If after Yagya Bhasin there's any other character who has the best dialogues and funny quirky one-liners its Meenu's character. She is outspokenly bold and bindaas! Richa acted impressively well in the movie. Rest of the supporting characters played their part equally well.
Overall with the incredible leading lady and a tasteful direction, 'Panga' is a Heart-warming Piece of Cinema! A pretty fun ride all set to courageously challenge the stereotypes and ignite a fighting spirit to stand tall against all odds without losing your smile!!
Verdict: Charming little film, this one's made with heart and it shows. Literally one of the movies that surely goes to 'Must-Watch' Movie List!