Kisaan Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:37:12.7800000 IST


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Punjabi is certainly the musical flavour of the season with the latest hit in the form of Pritam's LOVE AAJ KAL, and this trend continues with KISAAN, a Sohail Khan and UTV Spot Boys productions, set in the Punjab heartland.

Both the producers (Ronnie and Sohail) are known for some chartbusting music in their films and although expectations are not of gargantuan proportions from the album of KISAAN, still one can go in with some, as the composer is Daboo Malik (brother of illustrious composer Anu Malik), who has shown promise in BAD LUCK GOVIND. So let's see what lies in store for us.

Since the setting of the film is Punjab, the opening song is ''Punjabi Munde'', which despite being sung by seven singers with the most creditable name in Punjabi pop Labh Janjua, the queen of item numbers Sunidhi Chauhan, apart from the composer himself and support artists like Shakti Singh, Siddharth Singh and Parthiv Gohil are at best average. The problem lies in its ?million times' heard before tune, a derivative of the highly popular Punjabi folk song which has been incorporated in many earlier compositions in Hindi films. This fusion of hip hop and ''Bhangra' has been done to death and the need of the hour was a good tune to set the song to. The rap too is not very innovative; however the mix of Punjabi rap and English rap (Earl D) is quite interesting. The lyrics by S.R. Bharti and K. Juneja highlighting the Punjabi youth too is routine.

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Just like the original the remix version of ''Punjbai Munde'' is routine and in parts inspired by the DUS signature tune (Vishal-Shekhar).

The reigning queen of melody Shreya Ghoshal, along with the bowl over charm of Shaan?s youthful vocals, opens the lovely romantic duet, ''Humko Kehna Hai''. Although the opening synthesized music piece instantly reminds one of Emraan Hashmi's ''Kaho Na Kaho'' (MURDER), but changes soon enough and comes into its own. Easily the best track of the album, it's the sweet, easy to hum melody that appeals instantly. The arrangements are once again in sync with the subject, the rural background of the lead protagonists is taken into consideration and even the suave and sophisticated Shaan and Shreya with perfect diction sing ''Mujhe manjoor hai'' on purpose and make it sound ?oh so sweet', as well as rustic!. Panchhi Jalonvi lyrics are filmy but easy on the lips and that is a plus point.

From one Punjabi number to another , however thankfully with ''Jhoomo Re Jhoomo'', the tune that Daboo Malik chooses this time is pleasing to the ears, though the arrangements more reminiscent of the 60's (Dilip Kumar) days with a lot of emphasis on traditional Indian musical instruments like ?tabla', ?dhol', ?sarangi' etc. Once again as many as six singers Ad Boyz, Abhijit Ghoshal, Daboo Malik, Tarrannum, Sujata Majumdar and Pavni Pandey have been hired to sing this romantic cum celebratory number. The lyrics by Panchhi Jalonvi (DUS fame) is no great shakes with the customary ''Sun soniye'' and ''Sun mahiya'' incorporated with ''Dil de diya'' and ?Dil le liya'.



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From there on the film sinks into melodrama with Sohan befriending Aman and causing a rift in the family. To add glamour, there is Dia Mirza paired opposite Arbaaz and Nauheeh Cyrusi as Titli (cute) who is Sohail's love interest.

Jackie Shroff is solid, giving off a very good performance as the father and farmer who is protective of his land and fiercely proud of his sons. After his debut flick HERO and later GARDISH, Jaggu stands out yet again. There's something about Sohail Khan that strikes you. I think it is the sincerity of his performance. As the hotheaded son with an immense love for his father and land, he is a powerhouse. Arbaaz's vague wig casts an unreal air around him.

The music has a distinct feel of eighties, which goes well with the theme. With over five releases this week, the film will hit bulls-eye in the rural areas of India. Producer Sohail will have to make sure they get a tax-free entry onto the theatres.

Rating - 2.5/5



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Kisaan does not delve deep into the problems of farmers in remote India (read suicide) but scratches gingerly on the surface. It's sad, because this film had the potential of being taken rather seriously; entertaining as well as educating.

Although it briefly touches on the malady of farmer suicides and land sharks, it does not go the distance. It ends up being a 'typical Bollywood masala flick'.

The film is about Dayal Singh (Jackie Shroff), a widower, who raises his two sons Aman (Arbaaz Khan) and Jigar (Sohail Khan) singlehandedly. He faithfully toils with his sons on his ancestral land as a true farmer would. One day, his neighbour commits suicide because he had taken a meager loan and could not repay it. Also, he had given his thumb impression on a blank piece of paper to the loan sharks. That paper turned out to be his noose.

Deeply disturbed, Dayal decides to send his elder son to the city to get a degree in law. Fifteen years later, when Aman returns to his village, with a law degree in hand, he is facing a rather peculiar problem. Sohan Seth (Dalip Tahil) an industrialist wants the farmers to sell their land. He is willing to pay more than the market rate. While most agree, others are being forced. Dayal and his sons are of the opinion that no one should be forced. In one such meeting, the melee, Dayal is slapped by a local goon who has teamed up with Sohan. Being the lawyer that he is, Aman stops his dad from retaliating. However, when Jigar, who was not at the scene, learns of the incident, he exacts revenge by cutting the hand of the offender.



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From there on the film sinks into melodrama with Sohan befriending Aman and causing a rift in the family. To add glamour, there is Dia Mirza paired opposite Arbaaz and Nauheeh Cyrusi as Titli (cute) who is Sohail's love interest.

Jackie Shroff is solid, giving off a very good performance as the father and farmer who is protective of his land and fiercely proud of his sons. After his debut flick HERO and later GARDISH, Jaggu stands out yet again. There's something about Sohail Khan that strikes you. I think it is the sincerity of his performance. As the hotheaded son with an immense love for his father and land, he is a powerhouse. Arbaaz's vague wig casts an unreal air around him.

The music has a distinct feel of eighties, which goes well with the theme. With over five releases this week, the film will hit bulls-eye in the rural areas of India. Producer Sohail will have to make sure they get a tax-free entry onto the theatres.

Rating - 2.5/5


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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Jackie Shroff, Arbaaz Khan, Sohail Khan, Dalip Tahil, Diya Mirza and Nauheed Cyrusi
  • Lyrics: Salim Bijnori & Panchhi Jalonvi
  • Director: Puneet Sira
  • Music Director: Daboo Malik
  • Release Date : 31 Jul 2009

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