Panga Movie Review:
Director– Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Writer – Nikhil Mehrohtra and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Screenplay – Nitesh Tiwari
Star cast – Kangana Ranaut, Jassi Gill, Richa Chadda and Neena Gupta
Music – Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
Cinematography – Jay I. Patel
Production Company – Fox Star Studios
Running time – 131 minutes
Ratings – 3/5
The film revolves around the life of a mother who wants to make her comeback in Women’s National Kabaddi Team. Meet Kangana Ranaut playing the role called Jaya Nigam who is a mother of one and has been working in Railways in sports quota. However, she had to lose her sports career for turning a mother but she misses her sports. With her husband and child encouraging her to make her comeback, so, will she make her comeback in the Indian team will be only known at the theatres.
We know Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari bringing out real-life stories before the audience in the most realistic way. The script gives the first half with smart and situational humor that grips the audience. However, there is not much of sports angle in it. The film lacked the thrill which sports drama like Panga should have like what we have seen in SRK starrer film Chak De India. Thus this time we saw the director losing the balance between the story and sports, which somewhere is seen in the second half to some extent.
Now talking about the performances, Kangana Ranaut seemed good but not par as we have seen her in her earlier movies especially the one we saw in Tanu Weds Manu Returns. Perhaps she is seen underplaying the given character. On the other side, Jassie Gill, the Punjabi actor doing his debut in Bollywood seemed decent in his role while playing a supporting husband with his million-dollar smile. Richa Chaddha as Kangi’s friend and coach also has done pretty well, but somewhere she was seen lacking the zing thing we seen in actors playing sports character. Neena was also adorable in some of her scenes.
Talking about direction, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari has tried to stir the emotions well but she was not able to carry it for the entire film. Talking about the screenplay, it failed to garner much of the thrills thus making the movie a very much predictable watch. The music from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy also seemed losing the touch completely with no single track from them seen working for the film. The other elements also remained average which somewhere failed to add the entertainment value in a big way.
Panga The Last Word
With all said and done, the film is a decent comment on women empowerment but the way it was implemented did not work well. Somewhere it failed to connect with the audience along with the drama with some inhibitions.