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Gabru Gang Review: An engaging and emotional sports drama about kite flying

Directed by Sameer Khan, Gabru Gang features Abhishek Duhan and Srushti Rode in lead roles.

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Gabru Gang

GABRU GANG

Producers- Ashok Goenka, Aarti Puri, Sameer Khan and Vivek Sinha

Director- Sameer Khan

Cast- Abhishek Duhan, Srushti Rode, Avtar Gill, Aarti Puri, Abhilash Kumar, Mukesh Bhatt, Kanwalpreet Singh and Brajesh Tiwari

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By Jyothi Venkatesh

Several films have been made till date on the subject of sports, especially films made on Cricket, Football, Hockey, Boxing, Badminton, Running Race etc. Gabru Gang is the first ever film based on kite flying to be released in the whole world. The story of the film has the background of Punjab. Abhishek Duhan who had impressed the viewers with his performance in films like Mandali, Patakha, Veere Ki Wedding and Sultan has played then main role with aplomb in this film.

The film is about an eight-year-old boy Rajbir Saluja who along with his friends Arshad and Uday who takes part in a prestigious kite flying competition Hi Fly 1999 and bags the first prize and by 2011 ends up as the No 1 in Punjab. The best team Gabru Gang becomes everyone’s favourite. but destiny wills otherwise and in 2011, Rajbir is defeated in the finals by Harry of Shehzada team because his focus gets deviated from sports at the last minute as he is attracted to a girl. After a fight with Uday, Rajbir quits the game and Gabru Gang winds up. However, destiny makes sure that Rajbir is forced to fly kites once again and that proves to be a major turn in his life.

By 2019, Hi Fly becomes a big brand, and the competition reaches a national level with the participation of 29 States and 29 teams. Gabru Gang now has to fight extra hard because they have to defeat all the other local teams in order to represent Punjab and win the Hi Fly 2019 Final Cup. The biggest challenge before Rajbir is that he has to defeat the same Harry who had defeated him way back in 2011. The climax of the film is emotionally tugging and spell binding.

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The story has several interesting layers to it and has been told with a lot of drama and turns and twists. The film boasts of Amar Mohile’s excellent background music, natural acting of the talented cast and mesmerising dialgues which are bound to make you sit glued to the edge of your seats. Gabru Gang is a magical cine experience where you will be able to experience a lot of emotions besides sports.

Abhishek Duhan plays the role of Rajbir with aplomb and displays the emotion of a sportsman with a lot of dexterity. All the other actors also have lucidly interpreted their roles by dwelling at various lengths as kite players . Arti Puri has played her role of Bulbul very naturally and thus kept the various scenes in the film very dramatic. Avtar Gill has his niche moments. Kanwalpreet Singh makes his presence felt. The efforts of director Samar Khan seem laudable as all the other actions also have kept their performances natural as well as dramatic.

As a director, Sameer Khan has done proper justice to the story of the film and maintained a blend of emotion as well as sports with ease. The director has struck the right balance between sports and emotion of the drama. Gabru Gang is a must watch film which will entertain different audiences in a big way. Till date no film has been able to present kite flying in such an entertaining manner as a sport since kite flying has never been accorded the status of a special sports though it is a very inspiring as well as interesting to the core.

To sum up, Gabru Gang is a very inspiring and engaging sports drama which sets out to blend emotions as well as relationship beautifully. Long after you walk out of the theatres, you will remember the Punjabi youth’s swag and flavor, dialogues with a distinct Punjabi flavor and what’s more Daler Mehndi’s song Ban Jaa Gabru which lingers for a long time in your minds and hearts.

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