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Punjabi movie 'Punjab 2016': Aims to pull youth away from 'drug culture' and push them toward 'work culture'
For a social change, art works as one of the major tools and contributes in establishing a healthy society. In early times drama and now movies have been considered as a big instrument.
Punjab 2016, a Punjabi movie recently released in Punjab is a film about drug trade going on in the state in connivance with politicians and assistance of police and deals with the problem among the youth of Punjab and has four youths playing the lead characters who portrayed Punjab in different shades.

The story concept is of Jagdeep – a student of Theatre and Television, Department of Punjabi University, directed by Balraj Sagar and assisted by Inderjit Moga, an artist of Red Arts Punjab and produced by Principal Surjit Singh Sidhu.

In the present era, films are confined to entertainment only in the cinema halls but at the same time, if viewers also feel its responsibility then the films like Punjab 2016 could be helpful in curbing drung menace in Punjab.

Punjab 2016 has taken an initiative of converting the successful presentation of 'corner plays' into a film to give a clear message to the young generation who figured and blamed for becoming a part of flowing of sixth river of drugs in the state.

A hit dialogue in the film is - It's better to be aware of the responsibilities than lifting dead bodies on shoulders.

In fact, the intellectual class is side tracking from films with message to the society and Red Arts team has taken the responsibility to fill up the vacuum to come out with new techniques for social change.

The best part of the film is that there is no full song but the background couplets by Jasbir Jassi, Harshdeep Kaur, Yuvraj Hans, Baba Beli, Gurjit Jiti and Kanwal Grewal are befitting on each scene and no support of any female character as heroine has been taken to allure the audience with vulgar scenes and dialogues.

The Red Arts artists – Jagdeep, Shivam, Gevi, Sehameet and Neeraj, despite financial crises, could produce this film with a budge of Rs.50 lakh.

Prominent figures in the Punjabi film industry Rana Ranbir, Gurchet Chitarkar, Gurpreet Kaur Bhangu, Anit a, Malkit Rani, Rahul Jungral have contributed to make the film successful.

A key dialogue by a minister in te film – Eh Gall Mein Nahi Kehna, Mere To Pehla Siyania Ne Kahi Hai and by a college friend – Meri Bebe Kehndi Si… are catchy making the film interesting in the absence of any comedian character.

Another weak point in direction is that the minister indulged in the drug trade is standing and security around him is shown sitting.

Producer Sidhu was disappointed when he shared that one of the schools in the state has kept the students away from viewing the movie perhaps due to the lengthy scene of taking drugs in the first half, which are pinching and keep the gives viewers a chance of making negative comment.

I, being a member of mass counseling teams constituted by the district administration, to make students aware about the moral values of life, after viewing exclusive screening of the film for media persons and before reviewing the film, have seen its impact in social circles, marital disputes, police cases.

I feel the film Punjab 2016 will come up as a ray of hope in keeping the youth away from drug culture and pushing them toward work culture especially when Punjab is passing through various crisis.

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