Qismat

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Qismat
Qismat.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJagdeep Sidhu
Produced by
  • Ankit Vijan
  • Navdeep Narula
  • Jatinder Aulukh
  • Shubham Goyal
Written byJagdeep Sidhu
Starring
Music byB Praak
Sukhe
CinematographyJalesh Oberoi
Edited byManish More
Production
company
Shri Narotam Ji Production
Distributed byWhite Hill Studios
Release date
  • 21 September 2018 (2018-09-21) (India)
Running time
137 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguagePunjabi
Box officeest. 30 crore

Qismat (lit. Destiny) is a 2018 Indian-Punjabi romantic drama film written and directed by Jagdeep Sidhu. Produced by Shri Narotam Ji Productions, it stars Ammy Virk and Sargun Mehta in lead roles. The film was titled behind a song of same title released year before which was sung by Ammy Virk and stars Sargun Mehta in its video. The film is based on a man falls in love whilst studying in Chandigarh, despite his marriage being arranged to another woman. The film was released on 21 September 2018. The film also stars Guggu Gill, Tania and Harby Sangha in supporting roles.

The movie encapsulates different shades of love in it. Qismat contains comedy, romance and tragedy. The film is written and directed by Jagdeep Sidhu, who had also written many films further for Ammy Virk. The film was shot in a single schedule of 45 days in Chandigarh and other villages of Punjab serving Jalesh Oberoi as cinematographer. Soundtrack of the film was composed by B Praak and Sukh-E which features the vocals from Ammy Virk, Gurnam Bhullar, Kamal Khan, Divya Bhatt, Neetu Bhalla and B Praak.

Theatrically the film was released worldwide on 21 September 2018. All the cast and crew received most of positive reviews from critics and audience alike. The film is believed as best performance of Virk till date. Music of the film which contains one the most romantic ballad ever also received good reviews. Commercially, the film is blockbuster and had grossed ₹30 crore in its theatrical run. Also, the film is sixth highest grossing Punjabi film of all time and second highest grossing Punjabi film of 2018.

Plot[edit]

The film starts in a marriage where Shivjit is asking his parents to send him Chandigarh after failing twice in B.A. and promised he will pass the exams if they would send him. Hence, he went to Chandigarh where instead of studying started blushing on every girl.

There he met Bani, who is a modern girl in his neighbour and he started blushing on her but later learnt she is cheated by her old boyfriend who was also in relation with other girl. Bani decided to make him her boyfriend to make her ex feel jelous and they suceed but while this they fall in love with each other.

Bani’s father wants to do arrange marriage of her daughter because of her past relation. Shivjit send a letter to Bani in which he wrote that she should marry a guy whom she wants instead of whom she doesn’t knew but a letter is received by her father who is also SHO at police station. His father warns Shiva to stay away from her and leave their neighbour.

Circumstances changes quickly as Bani's health deteriorates after being separated from Shivjit. Her father has no option but to go fetch Shivjit who can make her feel happy & help her during the recovery. Meanwhile, Shivjit's marriage is fixed but Bani's father somehow convinces Shivjit's family to take him away for some days in the days of his need.

As the Shivjit's time run out according to the days Bani's father asked for him, he has to return to his place. After returning Shivjit still thinks about Bani's health & he can't focus anywhere else. As he already told his to be bride about the love story between him & Bani , she thinks its better if Shivjit goes & takes care of Bani as he is always sad & lost in pain which in no way making her happy.

After positive reply from the bride, Shivjit happily plans about marrying Bani whatever happens, he hires a car & band to propose her at the hospital itself. But as he reaches the hospital Bani is passed away & the whole thing makes him feel dead inside & he cries like never before with her whole family.

Not all love stories end happily!

Cast[edit]

Ammy Virk smiling.
Ammy Virk (pictured 2018) playing lead actor in Qismat.
  • Ammy Virk as Shivjit Singh Gill
  • Sargun Mehta as Bani
  • Guggu Gill as SHO Gurnam Singh- Bani’s father
  • Satwant Kaur as Bani's mother
  • Tania as Anmol’s sister and Shivjit’s fiance
  • Harby Sangha as Golgappe Wala
  • Hardeep Gill as Shivjit’s father
  • Raj Dhaliwal as Anmol, Shivjit’s sister in law
  • Mandeep Mani as Himmatt Singh
  • Jasneet Kaur as Ravi, Bani’s sister
  • Jashanjeet Gosha as Shivjit’s cousin and Anmol’s husband
  • Gurpreet Bhangu as Hostel Warden
  • Ansh Tejpal as Ansh
  • Sumer Singh as Sumer
  • Samaya as Upma, Himachal girl
  • Manveer Rai as Nurse
  • Arvinder Bhatti as Doctor

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

A single titled Qismat was released by Ammy Virk starring Sargun Mehta which got huge success and was one of the most successful hits of Ammy Virk.[1] In an interview with PTC Punjabi Ammy and Sargun disclosed that they both signed the film just few days after the release of song and only film signed by Sargun releasing in 2018. Her last film Lahoriye was released 16 months ago from Qismat.[2] When Jagdeep Sidhu was asked would their be any similarity between film & song he denied by saying that song was sad whereas film is romedy.[3] The film was written by Jagdeep Sidhu even before the release of song Qismat but was untitled yet. Also, the film was written for Bollywood but was rejected and someone asked Sidhu to make the film in Punjabi. After the film was signed producers suggested Sidhu to direct the film by himself only.[4] After the success of song, Virk and Mehta were the first choice for the film. So, due to similarity in characters and crew of film and song film was titled as Qismat. There were also some shooting locations in Chandigarh similar in song and film.[3]

The feel of Qismat, the film, is something like the song; it has love and separation so we decided to name the film Qismat.[5]

- Ammy Virk

Filming and Post-Production[edit]

Qismat was filmed in a single schedule of 45 days in Chandigarh[3] and other villages of Punjab. Principal photography of the film was started on February 13, 2018 at Anandpur Kalud (village in Punjab) and ran till March 31, 2018 where Jalesh Oberoi served as cinematographer.[6][7] Arjun Rathod served as art director, background score was composed by Gurmeet Singh and Sandeep Saxena whereas post-production was done by Varun Bansal. Choreography for film was done by Mehul Gadani, Arvind Thakur and Sunil Thakur whereas Japneet Dhingra served as costume designer. Qismat was edited by Manish More and its final cut ran for 137 minutes.[8] British Board of Film Classification passed the film uncut of runtime 137 minutes 21 seconds. Overseas distribution rights for the film were acquired by B4U Network Ltd.[9] In India, the film was rated as 'U' category and passed with runtime 140 minutes.[10]

Release and marketing[edit]

Qismat was released worldwide on 21 September 2018 and distributed by White Hill Studios with major territories India, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. In previous two years, Ammy's two films Nikka Zaildar and Nikka Zaildar 2 in almost end of the September which were hits. So, the is considered lucky for him and Qismat was also released in same dates.[11]

First look of the film was shared on 14 August,[12][13] then the song "Kaun Hoyega" sung by B Praak was released on 24 August and trailer of the film was released on 30 August by Speed Records and further the other songs of the film were released one by one before release of the film.[4] Satellite rights of the film were sold to Pitaara and will be premiered first time on the television on 22 December 2018.

Soundtrack[edit]

Qismat
Soundtrack album by
B Praak & Sukh-E
ReleasedAugust 2018 (2018-08)
Recorded2017-2018
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length26:46
LanguagePunjabi
LabelSpeed Records

Soundtrack of Qismat is composed by B Praak & Sukhe & released on label Speed Records whereas lyrics were penned by Jaani. First song of the film "Kaun Hoye Ga" sung by B Praak & Divya Bhatt was released on 24 August 2018[14] which received good response and trends on YouTube and other sites.[15] Second song of the romcom “Pasand Jatt Di” sung by lead actor Ammy Virk was repeased on 5 September 2018. This song was also written by Jaani whereas music was given by Sukh-E.[16][17] Third song the romantic one "Awaaz" sung by Kamal Khan was released on 11 September 2018. Lyrics of this song were also written by Jaani whereas music was composed by B Praak.[18] Later the songs "Gallan Teriya", "Fakira" and "Dholna" were released.[19][20][21][22] Full album of Qismat was released on 21 September 2018 on Google Play Music and other websites it received the good reviews from critics and audience alike. On Google Play Music 40 users rated it 4.6 out of 5.[23]

Track List[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Kaun Hoyega"JaaniB PraakB Praak
Divya Bhatt
4:09
2."Qismat"JaaniB PraakAmmy Virk4:03
3."Pasand Jatt Di"JaaniSukh-EAmmy Virk3:14
4."Awaaz"JaaniB PraakKamal Khan4:42
5."Gallan Teriyan"JaaniSukh-EAmmy Virk, Neetu Bhalla2:43
6."Fakira"JaaniB PraakGurnam Bhullar4:09
7."Dholna"JaaniB PraakB Praak3:46
Total length:26:46

Reception[edit]

Box Office[edit]

Qimsat had grossed ₹18.5 crore in India and ₹11.5 crore in other territories,[24] for a worldwide total ₹30 crore. It became sixth highest grossing Punjabi film of all time, as well as second highest grossing Punjabi film of 2018,[25][26] second highest grossing film for Ammy Virk and Sargun Mehta after their debut Angrej released in 2015.

According to Box Office India Qismat opened very good. The collections of the film were three times Shahid Kapoor's starrer Batti Gul Meter Chalu in cities of Punjab. The film opened as the second highest grosser of 2018 behind Carry On Jatta 2 also the film had eighth highest opening ever for Punjabi films. On its opening day the film grossed ₹2.3 crore and ₹1.8 crore nett in India. It collect ₹2.37 crore on its second day and took a total of ₹4.67 crore in just two days[27][28][29] On its third day film grossed ₹2.66 crore in India making the weekend total ₹7.33 crore.[30][31] According to Bollywood Hungama at overseas, the film performed better than all other Indian releases collecting ₹71.51 lacs at United States, ₹1.27 crore at Canada, ₹44.28 lacs at United Kingdom, ₹55.64 lacs at Australia and ₹17.25 lacs at New Zealand in its opening weekend.[32][33][34][35][36] The film opened as fifth highest opening weekend of all time behind Carry On Jatta 2, Sardaar Ji, Sardaar Ji 2 and Manje Bistre also the film was announced as a huge hit after its weekend by Box Office India. In four days the film netted ₹6.03 crore at domestic box office and the Monday collections dropped just 25% from the good opening day.[37]

In its second weekend, the film dominates even on new releases like Parahuna and Sui Dhaaga in Canada. In 10 days, the film collected est. ₹9 crore at overseas including ₹1.64 crore in US, ₹4.48 crore in Canada, ₹89.28 lacs in UK, ₹1.37 crore in Australia and ₹38.77 lacs in New Zealand.[38][39] The film continued its blockbuster run in third week, till its third weekend film grossed ₹1.95 crore in USA, ₹5.82 crore in Canada, ₹1.24 crore in UK, ₹1.6 crore in Australia and ₹43.86 lacs in New Zealand and remained in top charts in some countries.[24]

Critical Reception[edit]

Qismat received positive reviews from audience and critics alike. All the cast and crew of the film were praised.[40]

Professional reviews
Review Scores
Source Rating
The Tribune 3.5/5 stars
Times Of India 3/5 stars
Film Companion 2/5 stars
Daah Films 3.5/5 stars
Ghaint Punjab 4.5/5 stars
Audience Scores
Source Rating
IMDb 9.1/10 stars
Google 9.6/10 stars
Times Of India 3.6/5 stars
dagger indicates that the given rating is an average rating of all reviews provided by the source

Reviewer of the website BookMyShow titled the film as "Tearjerker". Reviewer adds, "One of the most awaited movies of 2018, Qismat manages to entertain the viewers in all respects. It funny, romantic and sad at the same time. There’s nothing that can stop this one from becoming a blockbuster." Appreciating the writer and director of the film Jagdeep Sidhu reviewer said, "Qismat is flawless. Writer Jagdeep Sidhu, who also makes his directorial debut with the movie, has conceived a beautiful journey of Ammy and Sargun’s love. He makes sure that no other character besides the lead pair gets much importance, which eventually enhances the impact of the culmination." He also appreciates the cast of the film, saying, "Qismat belongs to Ammy Virk and Sargun Mehta. They are the heart and soul of the movie. They both give equally good, well-balanced and superlative performances. You cannot help but fall in love with their on-screen chemistry. They make you smile and cry a number of times in those two hours. It’s hard to believe anyone else portraying Shivjit and Bani’s roles. Guggu Gill is at his best, while Harby Sangha is funny as always." Reviewer also adds about the film soundtrack, "B Praak and Sukh-E have provided the best soundtrack a Punjabi film has seen in many years. We won’t be surprised if Kaun hoyega, Awaaz, and Fakira will be played on repeat on every playlist." Whereas criticised the film length, "The movie stretches to 139 minutes, which feels a tad dragged. Had the first half been trimmed a bit, the impact would have been stronger." In last he adds, "Qismat makes you smile, laugh, fall in love, get separated, get together, and cry. Watch it for Ammy Virk and Sargun Mehta’s chemistry, Jagdeep Sidhu’s writing and direction, and also the soulful music. Grab your tissues and handkerchiefs and make a move towards cinema halls. This one is strongly recommended!"[41]

Jasmine Singh of The Tribune also appreciates the Debut Director Jagdeep Sidhu, saying, "Only a few directors have managed to dabble with romance on screen, and Jagdeep Sidhu is one such director who has handled the subject with ‘love’." Reviewer adds about dialogues, "The dialogues in the film are light yet hitting, in fact it has hundred romantic pick up lines that might come to your rescue someday. The film has dollops of humorous dialogues, the credit for which goes to the dialogue writer and Ammy Virk for delivering them in such a way that even the saddest person wouldn’t help smiling." She also praised lead cast, saying, “Ammy Virk and Sargun Mehta share a strong onscreen chemistry. Ammy, makes every word he says achievable in real life. He is one effortless actor who can make the audiences laugh, cry and now, believe in true love. Sargun Mehta’s, currently one of the most talented female actresses of the industry, effortless acting and her girl-next-door image make her stand out from the entire lot.” Reviewer also praised well played short roles of Guggu Gill and Harby Sangha.[42]

Amit Arora of Times Of India rated the film as 3.0 out 5. Praised most the soundtrack of the film, saying, “The only thing that makes the first half bearable is the music. ‘Pasand Jatt Di’ and ‘Gallan Teriya’ are already a hit and even during a short drive, you are likely to catch one or the other on the radio. ‘Kaun Hoyega’ and ‘Fakira’ have been woven well into the script and Jaani and B Praak deserve credit as music directors.” But on other side the reviewer critisised the tragedic scenes in the film, length of the film and chemistry between Ammy and Sargun in first half.[43]

Punjabi website DaahFilms also gave generally positive reviews to the film. Reviewer appreciates most the performance of Ammy Virk and Sargun Mehta in the film whereas critised some flashback scenes in the film. Adds, “These are the emotions that makes the film best.”[44] Sangeet Toor of Film Companion gave 2.0 out of 5 summarizing, said, "The first half justifies the marketing of the movie as a romantic comedy. The second half, however, is like a buffalo that has settled in the middle of a dirty pond and has refused to jump out."[45] Gurleen of punjabi website Ghaint Punjab gave 4.5 stars out of 5 saying, "Qismat is not just a film but a well made example that needs to be followed by many others. Films like these are need of the hour and finally I can say, that this film was totally an Ammy-Sargun film and not carried by any one else but them."[46]

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