Bhangra Paa Le (transl. Let’s do the Bhangra) is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language comedy-drama film, directed by debutant Sneha Taurani and produced by Ronnie Screwvala. It stars Sunny Kaushal and Rukhsar Dhillon. Initially planned to release on 13 September 2019 and then 1 November, it was theatrically released in India on 3 January 2020.
Sunny Kaushal as Jaggi/”Kaptaan” Singh
Rukshar Dhillon as Simi Kohli
Shriya Pilgaonkar as Nimmo
Parmeet Sethi as Jaggi’s father
Jayati Bhatia as Jaggi’s mother
Samir Soni as Simi’s father
Sheeba Chaddha as Simi’s mother
Mahavir Bhullar as Kaptaan’s father
Seema Kaushal as Kaptaan’s mother
Kamlesh Gill as Nimmo’s grandmother
Varun Narang as Bhangra competition judge
Set in Amritsar, the movie narrates the story of two generations.
Kaptaan, the grandfather of the protagonist Jaggi Singh, is a former army soldier whose passion is Bhangra. He continues to perform Bhangra after being recruited in the army. On the battlefield as well, he motivates his comrades to get up by beating a drum and performing Bhangra. Unfortunately, Kaptaan loses a leg in the war, and feels dejected and refuses to go home. Back home, Nimmo, the girl he loves, is about to get married.
Kaptaan had met Nimmo at a neighbouring wedding and wooed her family by performing Bhangra in the duel. Her brothers order Kaptaan to come ask for Nimmo’s hand after the war, but as he fails to come, they arrange her alliance elsewhere. In the camp, Kaptaan’s comrades cheer him up by beating the drum, and motivate him to return home. He goes to Nimmo’s house in the middle of her wedding preparations, and dances on one leg to woo her family again. Nimmo enters with the drum and provides him with support, and the family agrees to their wedding.
In the present, Jaggi Singh is a Bhangra aspirant from Khalsa college who wants Bhangra to make it big in the world. Kaptaan is Jaggi’s idol, and he believes that in order to perform the main move in Bhangra, the “jhoomar”, one has to be in love. He meets Simi Kohli in a wedding and they immediately hit it off. Later, they find out they are from rival colleges Khalsa and GNDU, in the international Bhangra competition, and part ways. Both teams get through the semi finals, and Jaggi and Simi come closer. Simi falls in love, and dances her heart out in the qualifier round, which leads to GNDU winning the ticket to the finals in London. The qualifier round results lead to a crowd clash between the two teams, and Jaggi gets injured in the leg while trying to break off the fights. Upset, Jaggi then ignores Simi, breaks it off with his team, and returns to his village, where he eventually reunites with the village Bhangra group, Pendu Club, run by his father.
Pendu Club starts making dance videos and enters the competition in London through crowdfunding. Both GNDU and Pendu Club are able to clear the semi final rounds. Jaggi and Simi meet again, and spend time together near the London Eye. He tells her about Kaptaan and Nimmo, and she tells him about her father who had abandoned her, who she recently met in London. They grow closer. Later, in the final round, Jaggi finds his leg collapsing. Simi enters in the wings with a drum, motivating Jaggi to keep dancing. He also performs “jhoomar” with the same energy now, and Pendu Club wins the competition. Simi and Jaggi finally unite as lovers.