Jatt and Juliet


I must admit, I’ve been watching Bollywood movies for the past SEVEN years now, but I always passed on the opportunity to watch regional Indian cinema. Jatt & Juliet is a Punjabi movie and as such it doesn’t get much advertisement here in the US. The bigger Bollywood productions will show trailers of upcoming releases months in advance, but regional flicks are treated as the underdogs. They are the side-kicks and I am ashamed to say, I buy into it. Who says these movies cannot be as entertaining?

So I decided tomorrow, before they take it out again, I am going to watch my first Punjabi romcom.  And I will be back, just like Schwarzenegger, not with a loaded machine-gun but with my comments  to the movie.

Starring Diljit Dosanjh and Neeru Bajwa

Directed by Anurag Singh ( Dil Bole Hadippa!)

my favorite song:

So, I went to see Jatt and Juliet.  The good news, it’s a very sweet movie. The bad news, it was  in Punjabi with no subtitles. Therefore I can’t review it.  However, it’s an old love story formula which never seems to get old. The  story has been retold in variations countless times and yet, this take on it had a fresh feeling altogether. The acting was superb. Scenes of  (a slightly romanticized) rural India were interspersed strategically, which made a wonderful contrast to the narrative which took place in Canada. Without understanding a word of dialogue,  I will still give this movie thumbs up. I shall go on the quest now to find a DVD with English subtitles to see what I missed out on.

Jatt & Juliet was the last night playing and Bombay theater in Queens was almost sold out. I loved the atmosphere. People were whistling in unison,  clapping and enjoying every twist and turn of the story. The reaction of the patrons was just as enjoyable as the movie itself.

I would recommend anyone who loves a good romantic comedy to watch Jatt & Juliet. . And I would like to recommend to the distributors to add subtitles to regional Indian films so it can be enjoyed by firaqi and Hindi speaking audiences.

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4 thoughts on “Jatt and Juliet

  1. Looks this will be great fun. Loved the song. Thanks for writing about this movie. As a Punjabi I am rather pleased to learn that Punjabi language films are getting a fresh lease of life abroad. The genre is virtually dead in India.

    • it’s the ULTIMATE irony, considering that the majority and the very BEST of Bollywood actors and directors are Punjabi originally!!! it makes me sad to hear you say that the Punjabi film industry is in shambles. Jatt and Juliet was such a sweet movie! the movie theater was sold out the entire week, which means Punjabis abroad sucked it up like honeybees.

      i went to wikipedia to see who exactly is from Punjabi origin and I started LAUGHING. virtually everyone! :-)

      Families

      “The Kapoors – 1”. See Kapoor family for details. Prominent members were / are

      Prithviraj Kapoor
      Raj Kapoor
      Shammi Kapoor
      Shashi Kapoor
      Randhir Kapoor
      Rajiv Kapoor
      Rishi Kapoor
      Karisma Kapoor
      Kareena Kapoor
      Ranbir Kapoor

      The Kapoors – 2

      Surinder Kapoor
      Shekhar Kapoor, Indian director.
      Boney Kapoor
      Anil Kapoor
      Sanjay Kapoor
      Sonam Kapoor
      Arjun Kapoor

      The Kapoors – 3

      Jeetendra (Ravi Kapoor)
      Tusshar Kapoor
      Ekta Kapoor

      The Dutts

      Sunil Dutt
      Nargis Dutt
      Sanjay Dutt

      The Malhotras

      Premnath
      Bina Rai
      Rajindernath
      Prem Krishen

      The Sahnis

      Balraj Sahni
      Bhisham Sahni
      Parikshit Sahni

      The Anands

      Chetan Anand
      Dev Anand
      Vijay Anand

      The Chopras

      Baldev Raj Chopra
      Yash Chopra
      Ravi Chopra
      Aditya Chopra
      Uday Chopra

      The Deols

      Dharmendra
      Sunny Deol
      Bobby Deol
      Esha Deol
      Abhay Deol

      The Puris

      Madan Puri
      Amrish Puri

      The Khannas – 1

      Rajesh Khanna
      Twinkle Khanna
      Rinke Khanna

      The Khannas – 2

      Vinod Khanna[12]
      Akshaye Khanna
      Rahul Khanna

      The Bedis

      Kabir Bedi
      Pooja Bedi
      Protima Bedi

      The Sahneys

      Music Mughal Prof. Tej Bahadur sahney Of Kirana Gharana, Indian Classical Vocal & instrumental music, Father of Western Music of punjab
      Vivek Sahney Music Director & Writer
      Shankar Sahney

      The Kapurs

      Pankaj Kapur
      Shahid Kapoor
      Indian actor Shahid Kapoor.

      The Devgans

      Veeru Devgan
      Ajay Devgan
      Anil Devgan

      The Oberois

      Suresh Oberoi
      Vivek Oberoi

      The Aroras

      Malaika Arora Khan
      Amrita Arora

      Individual artists

      Amrish Puri[13]
      Anand Bakshi
      Akshay Kumar Indian film actor
      Akshay Kumar
      Aryan Vaid
      Arjan Bajwa
      Bhumika Chawla
      Celina Jaitley

      Kareena Kapoor Indian film actress
      Celina Miss India Universe 2001, Actress

      David Dhawan
      Dara Singh
      Geeta Basra
      Govinda
      Gulshan Grover

      Juhi Chawla
      Jimmy Shergill
      Kunal Kapoor
      Kajal Agarwal
      Kanwaljit Singh
      Kulbhushan Kharbanda
      Karan Johar
      Mahek Chahal
      Mahie Gill
      Mangal Dhillon
      Minissha Lamba
      Mukesh Khanna
      Mandira Bedi
      Monica Bedi
      Mona Singh
      Neha Dhupia
      Neetu Singh
      Om Puri
      Poonam Dhillon
      Prem Chopra[14]
      Pran
      Parmeet Sethi
      Pooja Batra
      Pooja Bedi
      Priyanka Chopra[15]
      Priyanka Chopra is an miss India World 2000, Miss World 2000, Indian film actress.
      Ruby Bhatia
      Ranjeet
      Raveena Tandon
      Raageshwari
      Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
      Rajat Kapoor
      Rajit Kapur
      Ranjeet
      Samir Soni
      Simone Singh
      Geeta Basra
      Shiny Ahuja
      Suraiya
      Simi Garewal
      Shakti Kapoor
      Vinod Mehra
      Geeta Bali
      Khursheed Bano
      Bina Rai
      Pavan Malhotra

      Singers

      Daler Mehndi
      Mika Singh
      Labh Janjua
      Jazzy B
      Suraiyya
      Diljit Dosanjh
      Shamshad Begum
      Gippy Grewal
      Mohammed Rafi
      Sonu Nigam
      Akriti Kakkar
      Shailendra Singh
      Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
      Kundan Lal Saigal
      Mahendra Kapoor
      Mukesh
      Nitin Mukesh
      Wadali brothers
      Surinder Kaur
      Neeraj Shridhar
      Tulsi Kumar
      Narendra Chanchal
      Richa Sharma
      Jaspinder Narula
      Sukhvinder Singh
      Bhupinder Singh
      Himani Kapoor
      Neha Bhasin
      Meena Kapoor
      Anushka Manchanda
      Shibani Kashyap
      Taz (singer), lead singer of the pop band Stereo Nation

      (Vipen Malhotra) Karaoke Singer

      Soni Pabla, Bhangra Singer
      Satinder Sartaaj, Punjabi Sufi Singer

      Directors

      Yash Chopra
      Shekhar Kapoor
      Subhash Ghai
      David Dhawan
      Dharmesh Darshan
      Suneel Darshan
      Mukul Anand
      Loveleen Tandan
      Karan Johar
      Harry Baweja
      Vidhu Vinod Chopra
      B. R. Chopra
      Abdur Rashid Kardar
      Aditya Chopra
      Kunal Kohli
      Gulzar
      Prakash Mehra
      Rajkumar Kohli
      J.P.Dutta
      Lekh Tandon
      Ravi Chopra
      Umesh Mehra
      Raj Khosla
      Rajiv Rai
      Abhishek Kapoor
      Vipin Handa
      Ravi Tandon
      Siddharth Anand
      Satish Kaushik
      Goldie Behl
      Arjun Sablok
      Punit Malhotra

  2. Okay, so I am late to the party, but did you ever find out where to order this film with English subtitles? I am so looking forward to seeing it. Thanks. P. S. Totally agree that the distributors need to provide subtitles for the regional films–there are so many I would like to see. Thank you.

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