The most concerning feature of Punjabi cinema is its writing, which remains largely inspired or conceived with admiration for Hindi cinema. Repeatedly borrowing their basic storylines from blockbuster Hindi films, here almost every screenwriter and director has a strong desire to make it to Bollywood in one way or another, and that’s exactly what affects , or rather ruin, their current missions.
Continuing with the same old format of casually written and hastily completed projects, Jinne Jamme Saare Nikamme is yet again a Punjabi comedy-drama that takes everything from a blockbuster Hindi movie and presents it as an expansion, adding a few traditional elements. However, this time not only are they inspired, but they also proudly mention the source in the film itself as some kind of outstanding achievement or innovation.
The film is about how the elderly and lonely parents of four young sons, after watching the Hindi film Badhaai Ho, decide to try and have another child just to have a loving support system for their remaining years. While the writers do their best to give the bizarre plot an emotional family touch, it falls flat as the old couple seriously thinks about it instead of using the ad as a way to teach their indifferent sons a lesson. They end up doing the same thing, but post real thinking, defying all logic.
The original Hindi film had a valid justification for the accidental pregnancy without the consent of the old couple. But here, the writers show no concern about ethical justification and even show the couple visiting the doctors to find out if it’s possible at that age or not?
JJSN doesn’t work either, as this is an irresponsibly crafted film with lots of loud footage added on purpose to bring in forced humor. While young people don’t impress (including Binnu Dhillon and Maninder Singh), veterans Jaswinder Bhalla and Seema Kaushal graciously keep trying, strongly reminding you of another Hindi film Baghban.
Overall, it’s the relatable performances of the seniors and the important social message that remains the savior of this two-hour plus film made as a social comedy. Otherwise, Jinne Jamme Saare Nikamme is watchable, simply because it was posted online, available with one click, and there is no need to spend extra money to watch it while having meals. That should say everything about its content and execution.
Title: Jinne Jamme Saare Nikamme (Punjabi)
Actors: Binnu Dhillon, Maninder Singh, Anmol Armaan, Jaswinder Bhalla, Pukhraj Bhalla
Director: Kenny Chhabra
Rating: 2 stars
Broadcast on Zee5
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Posted on: Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 7:00 a.m. IST