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.