Low-budget & light, yet lively and humorous with no artificial flavours!
I stumbled on the Punjabi romcom titled Mindo Taseeldarni (2019). Curious, I started playing-the first thirty minutes went very slow as the Director introduces us to the village, the community and the family where the story happens-each scene, the visuals and the transitions felt almost like a stage play. Once we are into the story, the natural characters, the family love and bonding, the emotions of the characters keeps us engaged.
It is about a 30-year old farmer (Teja), the only son of his widowed father. The duo are living as a joint family with Teja’s uncle and aunty. To keep the fellow villagers and his father from badgering him about getting married, Teja lies to be in love with the taluk Tehsildar lady: Mindo Taseeldarni. Soon, at his cousin brother’s (an Indian Army Jawan) wedding he meets, dances and befriends the bride’s cousin sister. That charming lady happens to be Mindo Taseeldarni, knowing that Teja is shocked but the villagers plan big things for him. Did love blossom between the 12th standard simpleton and the well-educated government officer? See the movie to find it out.
For a village story, I was surprised and thrilled to see an action sequence in the climax, that too a gun battle on the snow-capped mountains in the Indo-China border. Agreed, it was amateurish but who cares when it was fun. I have become a fan of the hero Karamjit Anmol for his simple expressions and the realistic acting, the heroine Kavita Kaushik too has done her well.
Available in Amazon Prime Video.