Tari sees Raano for the first time when the whole village comes together to the only house that has a television. They both experience love at first sight and wish to get married. Tari even finds the perfect way to send the marriage proposal to Raano’s father. Now Raano’s father is a man of principles, a man who is totally against dowry, and thus when he hears that Tari’s mother’s only demand is to get a television as dowry, he straight away says no to the proposal. Thereafter, everything is all about how the love birds manage to get married, what troubles they face in the journey, and what beautiful message the film conveys in the end.
From the day when the trailer was released, one thing was made clear: it is set in the era when television was not a household commodity. Having a television was a luxury that not everyone could afford. And the way the movie showed the fascination for television is just hilarious. And at the same time, it paints you in the colors of nostalgia and brings back memories of the simpler days.
The way people used to come together leaving behind all social stigmas, the kind of imaginary world they live in when it comes to television, the way they used to get overwhelmed by seeing certain scenes, all this and more depicted the innocence of that bygone era. Something that is hard to find in present times.
Talking of innocence, even the love story of Tari (Kulwinder Billa) and Raano (Mandy Takhar) was packed with it. Every time when they sneaked out to meet secretly or talked through a string telephone or stole glances, they looked utterly adorable. The new pairing of Kulwinder and Mandy had a decent hold on the screen.
Further, what stole the show is the friendship of Tari and Butta (Gurpreet Ghuggi). Gurpreet played the perfect friend in the movie, who was always ready to stand for his buddy in every thick and thin. He never gave any bad advice to Tari and only tried to help him whenever needed.
Nevertheless, we can’t say that their friendship alone is the star of the movie, as they have to share this crown with the catfight of Satwinder Kaur and Mohini Toor. The proper desi bickering between these two is one of the major highlights of the film and something that will keep you entertained throughout. Every time the two came together, they added the perfect amount of spice to the otherwise sweet tale.
Furthermore, other supporting actors like Kaka Kautki, Harby Sangha, Seema Kaushal, and others, who had comparatively lesser screen time, made sure to leave an impact with their performance.
Last but not least, the real heroes of ‘Television’ are story, dialogue, and direction. There were hardly any dull moments in the movie. The narrative of every scene and situation was properly timed and thus, it didn’t look stretched at any point, which in itself is an achievement in Pollywood. Further, Tata Benipal and Aman Sidhu have done a commendable job with the dialogues. They coated them with the right mix of jokes, satire, and mockery, and at the same time, they delivered the message perfectly.
Talking of messages, the movie gives out a social message as well. Dowry is a social evil and must not be practiced no matter what your intentions are, and this message is conveyed both at the beginning and end of the movie in a very subtle yet impactful way.
In a nutshell, the way the makers have treated the subject, the way the authenticity of the period drama has been maintained, and the fact that this is such a light-hearted movie make ‘Television’ a beautiful artwork of Punjabi cinema.