Teshan – A derailed story
Deep Jagdeep Singh
Teshan is another Punjabi film which tries to connect to the roots and family values, but a sloppy script, synthetic acting and casual direction make it an atrocious affair.
Teshan aka Station aka Happy (Happy Riakoti) is a simple village lad who falls in love with an NRI urban ‘chic’ Jinni (Diljott). Jinni, who had a traumatic childhood due to the separation of her elite parents, wants to marry a simple guy to feel the warmth of relationships. Will they get united? What obstacles they face? Teshan unfolds much predictable storyline without any dramatic twists and turns.
Prince Kanwaljit Singh’s story lacks basic ingredients of a narrative, thus without a major crisis screenplay remains lethargic and boring. Few of his rustic dialogues tickle the funny bones, but leave no impact at all. A few well defined characters keep the film moving and make it bearable in parts. Sukhbir Singh’s direction fails to lift the drowning script.
Lyricist turned singer turned actor Happy Raikoti looks in a hurry to encash his stardom, but even his fans would suggest him to get enrolled in an acting school before he steps on to the sets of his next film. He looks charming in romantic music videos, but he still needs to work on his body language, dialogue delivery and expressions, if he wants to don a romantic super star avatar. Lead actress, Diljott should either stick to modeling and music videos or she should look for some masculine roles. Her manly voice doesn’t fit into a romantic character. Surprisingly, she is (re-)introduced in Punjabi cinema by Teshan. Earlier, she was introduced in the biggest box office tragedy called Idiot Boys (2014), which she doesn’t even want to keep in her filmography. Karamjit Anmol (once again clichéd), Prince Kanwaljit Singh, Yograj Singh and other supporting characters add a little charm and Shavinder Mahal has nothing much to do. The only savior is Anita Devgan with her flawless timing, expressions and dialogue delivery.
Having a good production value and majorly shot in the villages around the border area film has meager scope for a great cinematography. The screenplay dangles further with excessive songs. Teshan will disappoint Happy Raikoti’s fans. Only one star for this derailed cinematic train.