The Punjab Nahi Jaungi trailer is loaded with action, romance and drama, and PNJ managed to weave them together without overdoing it.
While the two and a half minutes largely had us thinking, 'hey! This production actually looks good', there were a few moments which we feel could've been done better (though, we'd be lying if we said we weren't nitpicking).
Here's what we worked and what didn't work in Punjab Nahi Jaungi's trailer.
What worked: Mehwish Hayat and Humayun Saeed's strong chemistry
There's no doubt that this pair can work magic on-screen together and that's exactly what they brought to the trailer. Their chemistry is hard to miss... we're silently rooting for them to get together at the end. Shhh!
What didn't work: tears everywhere!
We understand that the film centres around anguished love, but there were too many tears towards the second half of the trailer. Mehwish Hayat and Humayun Saeed could cry us a river.
What worked: songs fit for a mehndi
We're humming to the songs and believe it or not, they are good to dance to at a mehndi. Our favourite thus far is 'teray naal naal rehna,' granted it's a bit slow but we can see it as an all-girls slow dance.
What didn't work: Urwa's dance moves
Urwa can do much better on the dance floor, at least we believe she can! But she failed to set the screen on fire with her dance. The moves lacked energy and didn't do much for us. Where's the Punjabi zor?
What worked: we want to know who did the wardrobe
Let's just say the ladies took the cake with their wardrobe in the film. Mehwish Hayat was dressed to the nines and worked her clothes effortlessly. Urwa was not far behind in all her brightly coloured lehengas - which could've easily gone wrong, mind you.
What didn't work: Humayun Saeed's poker face and robotic voice
Yeah, it's hard to pull off an accent when shooting and that too while trying to get the pronunciation right. But we couldn't help but feel that Humayun Saeed's poker face was a little inspired by Lady Gaga's song... joke. The tone and the poker face displayed no tonality or emotion.
It was hard to tell when he was in love, when he was angry or upset - the tears were the only giveaway tbh.
What worked: the drool-worthy visuals
Cinematography can do wonders to any film and what strengthens the cinematic experience is the visual appeal. One of the reasons we were drawn to the trailer was because of the visuals. Seriously, we can't get enough.
What didn't work: the DDLJ chhappa!
Why? WHY? The trailer was moving along so well and then suddenly we see Mehwish Hayat running through a bright yellow field of poppies and we're instantly reminded of the famous DDLJ shot. Does it look good? Yes. Is it necessary? No.
We say this only because that shot took us back to DLLJ and we were.. well, sidetracked. Not something you'd want to do when promoting your film.