'Sardaarji 2': Diljit Dosanjh Makes This Average Comedy Enjoyable
‘Sardaarji 2’ has its moments but it isn’t as entertaining as the original film.
Director: Rohit Jugraj
Cast: Diljit Dosanjh, Jaswinder Bhalla, Sonam Bajwa, Monica Gill
Almost a year after ‘Sardaarji’ left us in splits, comes the film’s sequel ‘Sardaarji 2’ featuring Diljit Dosanjh, Jaswinder Bhalla and lead actresses Sonam Bajwa, Monica Gill replacing Mandy Thakkar and Neeru Bajwa. Since the film has been directed by Rohit Jugraj - who had also given the prequel – the impact is almost the same. And the film? Well, it is completely different. It isn’t important for you to have watched the prequel to understand the sequence of events in its sequel.
This story kicks off in a village in Punjab, where Jaggi (Diljit Dosanjh), an organic farmer, is happily living a simple and content life. But as his village finds itself in a crisis, Jaggi is left with no option but to jet off to Australia so that he is able to earn money to save his village. While Jaggi makes a sincere quest to make quick bucks, it soon unfolds as a crazy journey wherein this man who adheres to ethics, begins driving an ice cream truck, bags the title of ‘Noble Sikh’, is chased by goons, and earns the affection of two NRIs.
Much in the tradition of the first film, the focus is on the protagonist Dosanjh. After being appreciated for his sincere acting in Abhishek Chaubey’s ‘Udta Punjab’ last week, Dosanjh once again proves why he has become the industry’s go-to when filmmakers are looking for an actor who can act, croon songs, leave us in splits and take on the goons. Dosanjh is effortless in making the viewers cry, laugh and smile with him – which is the sole reason for anybody to watch ‘Sardaarji 2’.
Bhalla as a failed terrorist from Pakistan lives up to viewers’ expectations – that of a reliable comedy fixture. Yashpal Sharma has nothing much to do except be bothered by his neck sprain each time he loses his temper.
Both Sonam and Monica only play the so-called love interests (it is never mutual) of Dosanjh. While Monica manages to not settle for a pigeonholed role and be successful in making the most of the opportunity to show her acting potential, Sonam ends up playing the “traditional” role of a glammed up doll.
As far as comedy is concerned, it is a tricky genre. But thankfully, the film gives a combination of clever, witty lines and a bit of expected comedy. However, both are funny and engaging.
But what’s really interesting is the film’s plot which deals with the plight of the farmers in Punjab. The director has fleshed out the plot with colorful characters and a vivid setting which enhances the viewers’ experience.
Even though Jugraj tries his best to spend time on the little details, he seems to lose his focus. The plot – which was meant to make us aware of the problems that the farmers in Punjab have to battle – loses its significance as the film progresses. Since we expect the story to bring about the change and each scene to have a turning point – the film looks lazy in delivering that.
‘Sardaarji 2’ has its moments but it isn’t as entertaining as the original film. If you loved ‘Sardaarji’, chances are you’d want to watch this one as well, but make sure you don’t expect too much from the film.