Produced by: Hardeep Grewal
Directed by: Garry Khatrao
Starring: Hardeep Grewal, Hashneen Chauhan, Neeta Mohindra, Dr. Sahib Singh, Paramveer singh Manjit Singh, Harinder Bhullar, Preet Bhullar and others
Story, Screenplay & Dialogues: Hardeep Grewal
What happens when somebody tries to do something new in the industry? Exactly what is currently happening to Hardeep Grewal’s ‘Batch 2013’ these days. Why am I saying this?
Will surely tell you about that but before that let's head towards its review!
The film had grabbed a lot of eyeballs following Hardeep Grewal’s physical transformation but did it work for the film? Yes, definitely!
‘Batch 2013’ is a story of Nihal Singh, son of a Policeman who is ambitionless and just want to have fun in life. He has a lady love whom he wishes to marry. Things change for him after his father was shot dead.
Well, we all know that a son gets a compassionate appointment in a government job and same happened in Nihal’s case but interestingly he doesn’t wish to do that job. Eventually, he gets the job but couldn’t get through the training. In such a difficult phase of life, neither Nihal’s family nor his friends stand by him.
However, one day his father’s friend tells him a ‘truth’. The ‘truth’ is for you to watch and this meeting turns out to be a ‘life changing moment’ for him.
Nihal becomes a Police officer after the training but once again a plot twist is waiting for the audience. To everyone’s surprise, he loses his job due to some reason following which several ups and downs in his life breaks him. He gets back to his usual lifestyle but one fine day he receives a call once again, this time as a training officer for the ‘Batch 2013’.
During the training of this batch, he is once again confronted with the past realities of his life where the real reason behind him losing the job is revealed and how he takes his successful 2013 batch to the ground zero.
Though the makeup on Hardeep’s face bothered me on and off but his superb acting won me over. His seriousness works for the character in the film. His body structure truly compliments the story.
Each and every character in the film performed really well including Hashneen Chauhan, Neeta Mohindra, Dr. Sahib Singh, Paramveer singh Manjit Singh, Harinder Bhullar and Preet Bhullar.
Especially, the characters played by Paramveer, Preet Bhullar, Guru Bhambra and Gagandeep Singh stayed with me.
Needless to say, Hardeep Grewal outshines everyone.
The story of the film is relevant which travels at a fair speed. The camera angles are very well shot. There is a slight dip in the film which I felt could’ve been better. Even the climax was week but overall content of the film is strong enough to make this film a must-watch.
The songs in the film are situational and well-placed.
Talking about the film, at some point the film reminded me of Netflix’s recent release, ‘Major’ but one thing which comes to your mind is that the film is made really good. Personally, I applauded after the film thinking….Phew! Chalo somebody has tried to present something which gives a patriotic feel to the Punjabi audience.
In fact, while watching the film, for once even I felt like joining Punjab Police. Surprisingly, I really can’t think of any Punjabi film which had given me such a feel earlier.
So, over and all, the production value and strong content of this film makes it watchable.
IMPACT ON BOX-OFFICE:
Despite having such a strong content, the film is not doing the kind of performance it should be doing at the box office. Meanwhile the presence of ugly mafia in the industry hinders in the fair screen distribution, a big budget Bollywood film release has also impacted the collection.
However, for a person like me who always look forward to see Punjabi cinema bringing better concepts, I am glad to see such a film.
Well, what is your opinion? Do let us know in the comments section.