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QISMAT 2 (Punjabi) - Tragedy served along entertainment. (Review by Bobby Sing)

30 Sep, 2021 | Indian Regional language Gems (Other Than Hindi) / Inspired Movies (Alphabetical) / Q / Movie Reviews / 2021 Releases

Qismat 2 begins typically with a loud background score, as seen in almost all the Punjabi films forcibly generating a comic feel. It then moves into flashback showcasing college life and romance between the lead couple, again using the stale references of the discovery channel and its commentary (in Hindi). The narration gets lifted the moment Sargun comes on screen in some unusual attires for a college-going girl in Punjab. Ammy Virk also gets into form as the girl shines brightly with her charming smile and then the film successfully holds your interest through a progressive sequence, sharply commenting upon the boy-girl relationship and the age-old social mindset. 
Ironically, post the long sequence pointing towards Sargun’s off-shoulder dress, the director never presents her in any such revealing costume again in the remaining college sequences, contradicting his own point. Moving over the college life, the film yet again goes back to the same old familiar path inspired by Hindi cinema, and this time it is Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (DDLJ) with an added twist of a tragedy.
Thankfully, it is this second hour, in which both Ammy and Sargun excel in their emotional scenes and interactions. The post-intermission part can also be called a sequel or extension of DDLJ plot post the girl’s marriage with a shocking twist. However, while the performances impress, the narration keeps oscillating between entertainment and emotional tragedy, forcibly bringing in some comical moments, introducing a love triangle. That said, it still ends on a heart-wrenching note respectfully presenting the two eternal lovers getting united forever.
Overall, Q2 directed by Jagdeep Sidhu can easily be called a nice, musical, emotionally moving, family entertainment package carefully conceived by the team. But this tick-all-boxes kind of execution also makes me think that how we have lost the art of making sensitive, life-transforming movies not worried about the entertainment quotient. How calm and sad moments are not given any longer stay on the screen in our present cinema and how tragedies are so hurriedly depicted in the new format, diluting their emotional impact.
Probably that is the reason, I strongly felt it could have been a much better film as a love tragedy with less focus on comedy, entertainment, and songs. Particularly I couldn’t understand the use of Hindi lyrics in its soundtrack and also a confusing couplet in the end, mismatching its characterisation. In short, Qismat 2 belongs to Ammy and Sargun together redefining love on the screen. 

Rating : 3 / 5 
(Released in Theaters)

Bobby Sing

NOTE : The article was first published in THE FREE PRESS JOURNAL Newspaper (Mumbai Edition) on 28th September 2021

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