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Pippa Review: Ishaan Khatter's Film Deserves Applause

Read the movie review of Pippa featuring Ishaan Khatter and Mrunal Thakur.

Kanika Saini | Updated On: Nov 10, 2023 03:15 PM IST

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Pippa Review: Ishaan Khatter's Film Deserves Applause

Pippa Movie Rating: 3/5

Pippa Review: Set against the backdrop of the 1970s Indo-Pak War, 'Pippa' narrates a tale of a tumultuous time when the Pakistani army's actions left thousands homeless, creating a surge of refugees in India. Balram Mehta, aka Balli (played by Ishaan Khatter), emerges as a key figure. An outcast in his own family, Balli is a war hero who fought during the 1971 war as part of the 45th Cavalry Regiment.


The narrative revolves around Balli and his family, including his sister Radha (Mrunal Thakur), brother Ram (Priyanshu Painyuli), and their mother (Soni Razdan). As the siblings become entwined in the war, the story unfolds, forming the core of 'Pippa.'

Performances In Pippa:

For those curious about the title, 'Pippa' in Punjabi loosely translates to a barrel, a term of endearment used by Balli for war tankers in the film. Ishaan Khatter takes the lead and showcases his versatility as an actor, portraying a misfit at home but a formidable leader in the troops. Mrunal Thakur impresses as Radha, bringing depth to her character, while Priyanshu Painyuli's portrayal of Ram adds substance to the film.

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Screenplay & Direction:

From the opening scenes, 'Pippa' grabs your attention, maintaining a tight grip throughout. Raja Krishna Menon, the filmmaker, handles the sensitive subject with finesse, avoiding excesses in every element. Whether establishing Ishaan's character or depicting Radha's match-making, each moment keeps the audience eagerly anticipating what unfolds next.

The film subtly incorporates fragments of Sam Maneskshaw and then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, leaving viewers intrigued about their roles. The war scenes strike a balance, delivering authenticity and emotional depth without going overboard. However, some may find fault in the use of noticeable visual effects, particularly in scenes featuring Ishaan overlooking the aftermath of a fiery battle.

Despite these minor drawbacks, the film's compelling content, cinematography, and storyline overshadow any flaws. 'Pippa' offers a real, raw, and appropriately dramatic portrayal of war, earning its place among the best war films in recent times.

Pippa Final Verdict:

In summary, 'Pippa' is a must-watch, delivering a captivating cinematic experience that resonates long after the credits roll.

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