Starring Jimmy Sheirgill, Neeru Bajwa, and Gippy Grewal. In Punjabi with English subtitles. Rated PG.
After the success of last year’s Tera Mera Ki Rishta, star Jimmy Sheirgill and director Navaniat Singh reteam on Mel Karade Rabba, a one-note film intended as a commercial vehicle for Sheirgill to widen his growing Punjabi fan base following his fourth starring role in a Punjabi film.
Watch the trailer for Mel Karade Rabba.
The film explores Jatt youth campus culture, where field hockey sticks rule the roost. For the uninitiated, Jatts hail from a feudal farming culture from ancient India and are known for their bravery and ferocity.
Sheirgill plays Rajveer, a typical campus bad boy who’s been flunking classes but having so much fun drinking and getting into trouble. While many girls would find bad boy Rajveer desirable, the beautiful and hardworking student Seerat (Vancouver's Neeru Bajwa) finds him appalling. And so begins your typical love tale of girl hates boy, boy wins her over but has to dump her because her father finds out he’s a failure and a thug.
Sheirgill, a veteran of Bollywood and crossover films, sleepwalks through the role with panache and style which is all his own. And Bajwa, who exudes immense charm and great screen presence, matches her able costar at every turn despite a typical love interest role.
The weak link here is another Vancouver performer—Punjabi singer Gippy Grewal, who makes his film debut as the rival campus baddie. Grewal’s expressionless, wooden acting and bad dialogue delivery suggest that his film career, like his role, will be a brief one.
While the critic in me found this effort to be nowhere near the sophistication and story-telling of Tera Mera Ki Rishta, which was a superb effort, the Jatt in me found Mel Karade Rabba somewhat amusing.