Movie Review – Sufna: Simplicity is its strength

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Movie Review – Sufna: Simplicity is its strength

A poster of Sufna

Film: Sufna

Director: Jagdeep Sidhu

Cast: Ammy Virk, Tania, Jagjeet Sandhu

Manpriya Singh

When the story is simple, the script becomes a challenge. When that story happens to be a love story, the chemistry has to be real, characters well-etched and as for the dialogues, they need to be ones that make you cry, think and smile. Boy! Does Sufna tick off all the boxes and well within the small squares that are usually reserved for a simple love story? Of Teg and Jagjeet, played by Tania and Ammy, respectively!

What unfolds are the sacrosanct steps involved in any love story, a meet-cute, woo and chase sequence, hurdles faced by true love…only the fairytale does not unfold in Disney’s castle but Punjab’s countryside too. Refreshingly not in the mustard fields but in the cotton belt of Malwa. The girl comes to the boy’s village annually for a couple of months to pluck the cotton crop, where much of the story unfolds. ‘You got beautiful teeth’ he compliments her, ‘I even bite with them and really well,” she retorts.

Born to a Muslim mother and Sikh father but orphaned, she knows too well the value of true selfless love, the one she reciprocates by making sure the boy goes out to study, work and get a job and not be an aimless lover, which he is till the time of the interval.

During the promotional tour, Ammy Virk almost stuck his neck out to say, “Ninety per cent of the film belongs to Tania.” Which it does, but for the audience the real hero is the writer and director Jagdeep Sidhu, who doesn’t give into the formulaic temptations of any kind. A ‘thank you’ is in order for not subjecting the audience to a sudden dance track in a pub or an item number or any of such similar horror. Speaking of which, music by B Praak consists of five numbers that lend to the story the warm fuzzy feeling of love and not take away from it. Innocent love is often subjected to ridicule, at least in the day and age of Tinder and OTT platforms, but the songs, like the script, tug at your heartstrings.

Now for Ammy Virk, he is in form, like he usually is, but not the one where he hogs all the limelight, but lets Jagjeet Sandhu, as his friend, draw the applause as well. The guy, who plays the hero’s best friend, has nonetheless shades of grey as he tries to woo the leading lady with whatever it takes, Frooties, bangles, promise of being a friend with benefits or a husband with deep pockets, threats of defamation if she doesn’t give in. But, of course, true love wins. Here is another thing that Ammy Virk almost assured the producer during the promotional tour of the film, “Paise poore kara ke bhejange.” At least to the audience he has kept that promise of worth the time and money.

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