So pta chal hi gya ke parahune aagaye ne! And they have come with a bang. Parahuna has released today and in all its true sense it is a complete family entertainment with fun and frolic and also with a strong and untouched message at the end. This film seems to take us back to the times when people gave importance to family and relationships, when everyone considered his/her responsibility to meddle in the affairs of another but with a clear heart, when love meant love-letters and idolising a favorite film-star, when marriage was a grand affair and of course, when parahune used to demand and command respect.

The story begins with Janta played by Kulwinder Billa running away from the rishtewale because he wants to get married to only the one who will resemble Priti Sapru. And thereon begins a laughter ride of situations which lead one thing to another. On his way to his brother-in-law’s wedding, Karamjit Anmol, the parahuna, meets Janta and together they go to the viyah wala ghar where we get to see two other parahune portrayed by Harby Sangha and Sardar Sohi. Following a series of events, things go haywire and the would-be bride of this groom runs away with her milkman. The brother-in-law and the entire family is left saddened at this situation. But as is said, whatever happens, happens for good. The truth comes out that this groom was actually in love with someone else. And so the parahune, along with Janta come into the picture to arrange for the marriage between this groom and his beloved. Whether or not everything finds a happy ending, and whether or not this Janta will find his Priti Sapru is a thing to watch for.

Talking about the acting in this film, without doubt, it is so natural that one will actually feel like these actors are living their characters. Everything goes on such a natural pace, with the acting of everyone given appropriate screen space and the focus not entirely on Kulwinder Billa and Wamiqa Gabbi. Wamiqa Gabbi’s presence in the film is something to be looked for. With absolute grace and charm, amidst men of every age and women with loud voices, Wamiqa, the bani thani Priti Sapru, steals the heart of Billa and ours as well. The way her entry has been portrayed is so magical, her coming on the screen is an enchantment, a glowing of a lamp amidst darkness.

All the tiny little aspects of the era have been given importance to. The film manages to encapsulate in itself an essence of all those traditions which held importance at that time. From the pauni of the turbans in the morning, to the drippings of oil at the arrival of guests, to applying the batna and making lamps out of dough, everything is so to the point that one will actually be taken to that wedding house.

The music of this film is already being loved and the songs fit in so appropriately in the movie. The track ‘Ramte Ramte‘ takes us back to a typical Bollywood love song of the same era when two lovers, lost in each other would sing and dance, away from the world. Special mention goes to the art and costume directors of the film with every minute detail given to the set up of the film and dresses of these characters living in the 80’s, from their shirt collars to the design of the sweaters and shirts, from the styles of the paggs to the bellbottom pants.

The entire other star-cast including Hobby Dhaliwal, Anita Meet, Malkit Rouni, Nirmal Rishi, Rupinder Rupi, Gurpreet Bhangu all add up to the beauty of this movie. With such a huge star-cast, the film could have easily got out of control, but all these characters help in building up the story into a beautiful web of relations and complications.

Parahuna succeeds in showing the era it is set in and that shows it was well researched upon. A direction of Mohit Banwait and Amrit Raj Chadha, this film accomplishes in making an impact and it certainly does not feel like it is Mohit Banwait’s directorial debut. The story keeps the audience intact and does not go haywire and off-track despite the comedy sequences.

The generation that has actually witnessed this era will definitely relate to this film more. But even the present generation, who have heard about these times from their parents and grandparents will find it very enjoyable.

The only thing we feel could have been focused upon was the involvement of the village people and how they could have been given more importance. And, of course, we would have loved to see more of Wamiqa Gabbi but that, then would have been an injustice to the story.

For all those who were wondering if Parahuna would be similar to Laavaan Phere, it is not. An entirely different concept with a subject matter that is given an even wonderful treatment. Unlike mainstream punjabi films which typically revolve around comedy, this film takes a different turn by entangling a beautiful story with but with a comic stance.

The film ends on the value of parahune and how their purpose is more than just walking around with shoulders held high and asking everyone to serve them and their wishes. Their responsibility is also to stand by the family during times of trouble. So, Parahuna is a full family drama, with fights and disagreements, love and bonding, and we hope more of such light-hearted movies with a message are created in Punjabi cinema.

Rating: 3.5 stars