Before the blockbuster clash between Laal Singh Chaddha and Raksha Bandhan, Haryana is released this Friday. Director Sandeep Baswana is making his directorial debut in the film. Haryana stars Yash Tonk as Mahender, Ashlesha Savant as Bimla, Robbie Mairh as Jaibeer, Monica Sharma as Vasudha, and Aakarshan Singh as Jugnu in pivotal roles.
The story revolves around three brothers, Mahender, Jaibeer, and Jugnu, who live in a Haryana village. They lost their parents in an accident fifteen years ago. Mahender, an elder brother, takes care of everything. He has no time for love as he takes care of business and everyone in the family. However, he falls in love with his to-be bride Bimla. Jaibeer studies at Hisar university like Vasudha. However, he is unable to tell her because of his physical disability. The youngest brother, Jugnu, is a movie buff and crazy for Alia Bhatt. He wants to marry the actress and even travels to Mumbai to meet and impress the actress. The film takes turns when each love story unfolds.
Television actor Sandeep Baswana made his directorial debut with Haryana. He kept the flavor of Haryana’s culture and traditions. His storytelling has a desi touch. The love stories of all the three brothers are different and exciting. The cinematography is good. The music is good with a Haryanvi touch. Talking about the performances, all three actors easily fit in the role. Yash Tonk’s performance shows he is a skilled, veteran, and experienced actor. Ashlesha Sawant as a simple girl looked promising. Monica Sharma does not have many dialogues in the film but looks beautiful.
The film goes off track in the second half when the story mixes with politics, casteism, and culture. The problem with the film is the screenplay. It is stretched and gets a little slow in between. Also, the length of the film Haryana which is around 2 hours 30 minutes, doesn’t do justice to the film. If the film had been about 2 hours to watch time, it could have done a favor to the box office collection.
Haryana is honestly not a great film, but it is better than many big-budget Bollywood movies released this year. Moreover, it is a simple story with a desi flavor that will also attract family audiences. We give Haryana 3 stars out of 5.