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Virsa
Movie Details
Movie Name: Virsa
Director: Pankaj Batra
Music Director: Jawad Ahmad
Actor: Gulshan Grover, , Arya Babbar, Kanwaljeet , , Naumaan Ijaas, Aparna Sharma, Aman Dhaliwal
Actress: Shazia, Mehreen Raheal, Aparna Sharma
Lyricist:
Language: Urdu
Release Date: 5/7/2010 12:00:00 AM
Movie Synopsis :
Virsa is the story of Nawaz Ali and Ranvir Singh Grewal and their families. Nawaz
Ali hails from Lahore in Pakistan and Ranvir Singh Grewal belongs to a village, Kartarpur,
in Punjab, India. About 20 years ago, both of them migrated to Sydney, Australia, in search
of work, where they met and became the best of friends. Gradually, their hard work paid
off. Ranvir opened an Indian restaurant, which became a runaway success. Nawaz Ali opened a
shop opposite Ranvir restaurant. It did well and he could manage to lead a comfortable
life but he was not as successful as Ranvir.
Nawaz Ali was very grounded in his culture and values and this helped him to remain
level-headed and not get carried away by the comforts of life in Australia. He never lost
sight of what was morally and ethically right and stood by his Asian values.
On the other hand, Ranvir got carried away by his success. He felt that he was superior to
the other Indians and Asians who were not as successful as he. He found merit in all things
associated with the white folks - their lifestyle, their values and culture, their
behaviour and mannerisms - and looked down upon his Indian upbringing and values. He had no
more use for ethics and morality. He became very conscious of his money, status and
reputation.
The difference in outlook and behaviour drive the two friends apart until they reach a
point where Ranvir stops talking to Nawaz. However, Nawaz still cares for his friend and
tries to keep their friendship alive.
As the film opens, Ranvir and Nawaz are well settled in Australia with their respective
families. Nawaz has one son, Amaan Ali and Ranvir has a son, Yuvraj, and a daughter, Meet.
Amaan and Yuvraj are roughly the same age and best buddies since childhood, despite the
rift between their fathers. However, the difference in the thinking of the two fathers is
reflected in the personalities of their sons.
Amaan is a sensible, level-headed young man. He is strongly grounded in and comfortable
with his Asian identity. However, he is contemporary in his outlook. He does a fine balance
of sticking to his values even as he adapts to the society around him and its mores and
traditions.
Yuvraj is the exact opposite of Amaan. Due to Ranvir indulgent attitude, Yuvraj grows up
to be a rich, spoilt brat. He also feels closer to the white folks than to the Asians
around him. He has no idea of Indian culture or values, no ethics and no morals. He loves
women, booze, drugs...
Yuvraj sister, Meet, is quite like him in her values, upbringing and behaviour. She is
going steady with a white young man but is not sure how her father will react to this
development. However, she also has a special relationship with Amaan. Nothing is said but
she instictively feels that she can always depend on his help that he will always be there
for her. Amaan too feels an instinctive pull towards her but waits for the right time to
tell her of his love for her.
Ranvir feels that the people in his village look down upon him because they feel that he is
not a good son, since his father, Sardar Joginder Singh, lives here all alone. Sardarji
wants to stay in Punjab, till his last breath. Ranvir cons Sardarji into going with him. In
Australia, however, things are very different. The cost of living is high and labour is
expensive. Ranvir enlists Sardarji help for his restaurant. Gradually, Sardarji status
becomes no more than that of a paid servant.
One night, at a party, Yuvraj meets Mahi. Mahi has come from Punjab to Sydney for her
studies. She is a modern day young Indian woman, contemporary but with a solid foundation
in Indian values and culture. She is beautiful, sexy, intelligent and confident. As they
fall in love, she tries to reform him and for some time, it seems as though he will sort
his life out. But old habits die hard. Yuvraj gradually falls back into his old ways and
Mahi is unable to stop him.
Will Ranvir ever see Nawaz point of view and will they ever be friends again? Will
Sardarji remain a prisoner to his son whims or will he rebel against him and return to
Punjab? Will Yuvraj ever understand ethics and morality? Will Mahi return to Yuvraj? Will
Ranvir accept a white boyfriend for Meet? And Amaan, who loves Meet - will he ever tell her
about his love?
As Virsa answers these and other questions, it makes a strong statement about remaining
true to one values, culture and upbringing even as we constantly adapt and adjust to the
society around us. It explores ways of addressing the identity conflicts of immigrant
Asians in Western societies so that the succeeding generations can benefit from the best
facets of both the cultures.


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