Director: Jaivi Dhanda, Raman Dhagga
Writer: Gaurav Bhalla (screenplay), Jaivi Dhanda (story), Prateek Rai (additional dialogue)
Stars: Kulraj Randhawa, Ashish Duggal, Aman Sutdhar, Dhagga Raman
Runtime: 120 min
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Released: 22 Jul 2016
Storyline: The story revolves around an easy, happy go lucky girl Needhi Singh (Kulraj Randhawa), until a day that will change her life, forever. She becomes a rebel.
Gender discrimination. Domestic abuse. Vigilante justice. These are terms that echo in my mind as I watch Kulraj Randhawa’s character slit the throat of a goon with a sickle toward the end of upcoming Punjabi film Needhi Singh’s trailer. It suggests that the movie, set to release on July 22, will be a rare Punjabi feature where a woman, that too a village woman, would play the central character. Being set in a region where a village girl suffers discrimination right from her birth — Punjab has a sex ratio of 895 women per 1,000 men, as compared to the national average of 940 women — the movie announces that it will mark a clear departure from the recent trend of male-centric drama in Punjabi films.
The opening lines in the trailer remind you of the early-day Sohrab Modi and Nasir Hussain films, which used to begin with the production house’s theme phrase, as we hear:
“ Vaq pai to goongiyan cheekhan bhi aawaaz ban diyaan ne,
Zulm di had jad hondin, to chidhiyan baaz ban diyaan ne”
“When the need arises, even a meek whimper can be turned into a voice of protest,
When oppression crosses its limits, even a sparrow can take the form of a falcon.”
These lines also give an indication of a gritty woman who, let down by the law, is forced to take to violence. Jaivi Dhanda, Needhi Singh’s director for whom this is the first movie, agrees. “While conceptualising our lead, we took cues from the lives of many courageous women in Punjab and nearby States — ordinary women who refused to bow down to forms of exploitation like dowry-related violence, perceived stigma due to not having a male child and ostracism over marrying someone from a different caste,” he says. Dhanda adds that though the film, set in Bhago Majra village in Mohali, is based on real events that happened circa 2011 — like gender violence witnessed by his friend’s sister — the dramatised treatment is entirely his own.
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Note: Audio is Punjabi.