Punjabi star Gurdas Maan let down by Chak Jawana's weaknesses

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      Starring Gurdas Maan, Rana Ranbir, and Gaurav Kakkar. In Punjabi with English subtitles. Rated PG.

      The long-languishing Chak Jawana (it was finished in 2008) finally gets a worldwide theatrical release courtesy of Bollywood’s Reliance Big Pictures. But the film, which tackles the widespread problem of drug abuse among Punjabi youth, is an uneven effort that sugarcoats the issue rather than addressing it head-on.

      Watch this teaser from Chak Jawana.

      Veteran Punjabi film and music star Gurdas Maan plays Indian navy captain Gurjeet Singh, who is forced to return to his native village in Punjab after learning that his baby brother Raja (model Gaurav Kakkar) has become a drug addict. Raja spends most of his waking hours with a group of wayward and idle young men who ride around, getting drunk and high, and constantly get into trouble.

      Gurjeet makes it his mission to get these lost boys on the right track but his initial efforts prove futile as they sink deeper and deeper into addiction and trouble. When he tries the silent treatment, the men begin to rethink their actions and begin the process of change.

      While some of the addiction and waywardness rings true, their transformation is hokey and feels forced. Gurjeet’s challenge to the addicts is that if they want his forgiveness, they have to defeat a top village volleyball team. It’s hard to fathom that these drug addicts can improve so drastically in 20 days and defeat their fit athletic opponents in a public match intended to represent the men conquering their demons.

      Maan brings his enormous talents to the role of the saviour but the substandard material lets him down. Newcomer Kakkar is passable while writer-actor Rana Ranbir (Master) stands out among the addicts. The rest of the cast, though, is like this film: looking for direction.




      Aug 31, 2010 at 11:04am

      HI.Im not agree with this guy cause gurdas did a great job and the film did"nt let him down .and this movie is briliant.eyeryone did agreat acting.


      Sep 4, 2010 at 1:31pm

      yeah I agree..gurdas mann is the only singer who tries to fix this messed up world instead of making films full of glamour!! u rockk!!!


      Sep 12, 2010 at 3:31am

      this mvie simply rocks chemistry between gurdas mann and jonita doda is awesme must watch gr8 message...Chak jawana