Miss Pooja makes a stunning debut in Panjaban: Love Rules Hearts

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      Starring Miss Pooja, Athar Habib, and Harish Verma. In Punjabi. Rated PG.

      Panjaban: Love Rules Hearts marks the acting debut of Punjabi music superstar Miss Pooja, who can best be described as a freak of nature, a rare artist whose every bone oozes talent.

      And what a debut it is. She singlehandedly carries the film and leaves most of the cast in the dust as she cries, laughs, sings, and dances while doing double-duty playing twin sisters with markedly different personalities. The female-twins genre used to be a popular Bollywood staple in the 1960s and ’70s with the most famous example being Seeta Aur Geeta featuring former Dream Girl Hema Malini.

      Watch a song promo from Panjaban: Love Rules Hearts.

      Veteran Punjabi filmmaker Gaurav Trehan takes direct inspiration from Seeta. This includes Miss Pooja wearing Malini’s famous wig as Gurpreet, or Preet, the more outgoing of the two wealthy sisters who is diametrically opposite of the bookish Gurjot.

      The thin plot has Preet marrying Karan (Harish Verma), whom the family had initially chosen for Gurjot but who finds more in common with the bubbly Preet. This allows Gurjot to remain available for Gurikk, or Ikki (Athar Habib), her law school classmate who is madly in love with her. Karan turns out to be career conman, which leads to the film’s main conflict as well as the central plot twist.

      Director Trehan keeps everything simple. This allows Miss Pooja to display her varied talents and flair while filling dead time with comedic bits from secondary players, including leading comedian Sudesh Lehri as an out-of-control family servant.

      The diminutive Miss Pooja is the first woman to dominate popular Punjabi music, which has long been the domain of male singers with female singers relegated to playing second fiddle. Here, she gives an assured, breakout performance and makes a seamless transition to the silver screen.




      Jun 14, 2010 at 2:33pm

      masa changi film nhi banai


      Jun 17, 2010 at 4:05am

      It's a very nice film with good performances and script. I liked it immensely, would recommend to all cinema lovers.


      Jun 17, 2010 at 10:32am

      Does the film have English subtitles? I know I'd enjoy the music, but would like to understand the dialogue also, if possible.

      Craig Takeuchi

      Jun 18, 2010 at 4:13pm

      Alas, there aren't English subtitles (thus, we only listed "In Punjabi" in the credit line).


      Jun 25, 2010 at 5:47am

      Its a very nice movie. Songs of this movie is very nice.Bcoz it is the first movie of Miss Pooja But allover movie is good attempt.

      Jai Paul

      Jun 27, 2010 at 5:14pm

      Paul's review inspired me to see this film as some of the comments I read on the other blogs were pretty negative of Miss Pooja. Congratulations to Miss Pooja on her new endeavor. Kudos to the film director for staying true to the title of the film by exploring issues affecting modern youngesters of Punjab whether they speaking Punjabi, Hindi, or English at home, in school, or at work.