Jalandhar, November 15: Adding his name to the list of craftsmen of the Punjabi cinema, Manav Shah, with his team, was here in the city to promote his upcoming directorial debut movie “Laatu”. The film is based on a unique theme of how during 1960s, people in Punjab’s villages regarded having “electricity” as a measure of someone’s social status, and how even matrimonial alliances were fixed based on this luxury.
‘Laatu’ will present how a guy makes every possible effort to bring : electricity in his village, so that the parents of the girl he loves would agree for their marriage. Moreover, the honour of keeping a moustache in a Punjabi family is also depicted in the film that stars Gagan Kokri and Aditi Sharma in the lead role, along with renowned actors Karamjit Anmol, Anita Devgan, Sardar Sohi and others.
Being a periodic drama, the film will also present the dedication behind the invention of light by a common man. Its trailer has been making headlines since the very first day of its announcement by Gagan Kokri who is a popular Punjabi singer and is making his acting debut through his film. While sharing his experience of working in the film, Kokri said, “I have always wanted to enter into acting, so luckily when this script was narrated to me, I knew at once that I would work on it. Not only did I find the story truly amazing, but the entire team that worked on bringing the story alive was equally commendable.
Writer Dheeraj Rattan said the story revolved around a Punjabi Jatt boy, who for marrying the girl he falls for, pledges to bring electricity in his village within three months. To amplify his woes, comes another man, an officer from the Electricity Department who also falls for the same girl.
The movie Laatu is a satirical take on a battle of a common man against government and its employees who are quote unwilling to work for the betterment and welfare of the society during the period of 1960 in Punjab. Furthermore, the director said ‘Laatu’ aimed at showcasing as to how the lack of electricity affected the everyday life of people and how some of the most powerful people were reluctant to work for the revolution in the village due to orthodox beliefs.
Source Tribune India