Punjabi Cinema doesn’t give you gems to praise very often and I refuse to applaud anything just because it belongs to my mother language or religion with no other substantial merits to showcase in cinematic terms. But luckily after a long time, here is a worth watching and worth praising small gem as a short Punjabi film directed by Amardeep Singh Gill (of “Sutta Naag” fame) along with his talented lead star Harsharan Singh, titled KHOON (Blood/Murder) based on a very touching emotional short story by the well known author Gurbachan Singh Bhullar.
Honestly, I kept watching the film's highly authentic portrayal of rural (pendu) life without much expectations heading towards a sudden culmination offering a shocking twist. And the film does need a lot of patience watching the long realistic shots depicting the forgotten life style of the villages with a monologue kind of story progression.
However when it actually reached its final sequence with that ‘One Line Delivered and Received’ in a powerful heart-piercing manner shaking you real well, it simply resulted in twinkling moist eyes looking at the two protagonists on screen embracing each other.
Praising the film wholeheartedly, I completely endorse and support this new movement of making short films on the stories taken from the rich Punjabi Literature not being considered worth reading by our present ‘net-age’ generation quite sadly and hope this initiative leads to many more commendable ventures in the coming future.
Yes, the film does take its own time to establish a relationship with the viewer, but once you get into the feel of it and reach the last 5 minutes, it’s worth experiencing the effortless emotional explosion all of a sudden, depicting the power of love expressed through just a few innocent words.
So do give this a try even if you don’t understand Punjabi with the help of English subtitles at the following link and have a great insightful journey titled KHOON without any sight of even a drop of blood in its 35 minutes of duration.