Panga Review: Sweet, Simple and Powerful

Rating: 4.5 | Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Jassie Gill, Yagya Bhasin, Neena Gupta, Richa Chadha and others.


Rating: 4.5 | Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Jassie Gill, Yagya Bhasin, Neena Gupta, Richa Chadha and others.

In the past, filmmakers in Bollywood have made movies like Helicopter Eela, Tumhari Sulu, English Vinglish and others, based on married women and their wish to pursue a career, follow their dreams and have professional ambitions after the marriage. The subject is a instant hit among the audience as it is highly relatable, but the challenge is to convince the audience with the narrative. While some of these films have been successful, many failed to make a mark among the audience. Ashwiny Iyer Tiwary's next release 'Panga' talks about the same aspect of a woman's life, and strives to entertain the audience.   The film stars Kangana Ranaut, Jassie Gill, Richa Chadha and Neena Gupta in lead roles.

Jaya Nigam (Kangana Ranaut) is an employee with the Railways, who is married to Prashant (Jassie Gill) and the couple has a child, Adi (Yagya Bhasin). Before marriage, Jaya was a known Kabaddi player who has played for India Internationally. But after her marriage, familial priorities take importance and she is not able to continue the sport. However, her son and husband push her to pursue her dream and try a comeback. What starts as an activity to please her son, takes Jaya back to those good old days. Her family and friend, Meenu (Richa Chadha) supports her and that's where her new journey begins. The rest of the film unfolds her journey, challenges and take us into their world of happiness.

The best aspect of Ashwiny's film is the simplicity of the story. The narrative is sweet, simple yet powerful. There is a parallel stories apart from Jaya's love for sports and hence the film seamlessly shares many important messages. Look at the story from the perspective of any character, and it is definite to impress you, because the motive of the story is same.

Strong writing and equally strong performances together make a successful formula of a blockbuster film, and that is what Ashwiny's film has written all over it. The use of language to convey emotions and message is apt and perfect.

Kangana Ranaut never disappoints. She is known to mould herself into every character she plays and through Panga, she makes you believe that a 'Jaya' exists in your life to, irrespective of the kind of relationship you share with her. She is strong, funny, vulnerable and humble. Kangana portrays the character to perfection. Jassie Gill is sweet as Prashant. He is seen smiling throughout the film and that is heartwarming. Through his character, he has set the benchmark for a husband every girl today would look for. Neena Gupta is likeable too, though she does not have much role to play in the film.

Special mention to Yagya Bhasin as he is highly convincing and entertaining as Adi. His skill as a strong performer comes across evidently through his role. Also, Richa Chadha  as Meenu is hilarious. She is spontaneous, witty and caring as Meenu and a friend everyone would want. 

Music of the film is nice and does not hamper the experience. The makers have ensured that the songs are well placed supporting the visuals.

Overall, Panga is a wonderful and a 'must-watch' entertainer for a family. The audience, especially married couples, would instantly connect with the subject of the film. Through Panga, Ashwiny once again has brought forward the message which instigates a thought among us, about the relentless work and sacrifice mothers and women do post marriage.  In a special way, Panga is a perfect tribute for all the women who have put their dreams backseat, for their families to achieve theirs!

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