The trailer release of The Legend of Maula Jatt has left many in a trance of its charm. The powerful trailer banked upon the star power of the immensely adored stars of the industry Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan and Hamza Ali Abbasi. All of whom have huge influence on various age groups. Humaima Malik has also made a fitting addition to the film. The trailer was also well directed and had aesthetically pleasing scenes.
The powerful narration that introduced our favorite characters was in the language of Punjabi. Punjabi which was largely absent from popular media seemed to be fading. In addition, this generation in particular considered the language vulgar, profane and terms it ‘paindo’.
However, the narration we heard in The Legend of Maula Jatt came across as powerful, impactful and surprisingly acceptable.
It appears the general distaste for Punjabi in our society is a result of people’s psychology. If one did not like how the language is being presented to them, or in which context the language is being presented to them, then one will dislike the language.
Perhaps it was largely the use of Punjabi in Stage plays that significantly hurt the language. It makes one wonder, is the previous Punjabi content to be blamed for this generation’s apparent dislike for the language? Did we come across far too many vulgar shows and vulgar use of Punjabi which made us associate the language with profanity?
Once in a blue moon, we see a film which manages to set new benchmarks like The Legend of Maula Jatt. Similarly, in 1970, Heer Ranjha by Ejaz Durani was one such master piece which portrayed a softer image of the Punjabi language. The film was one of the few where the characters spoke in a polite manner. The film was a classic with melodious and harmonious songs. Punjabi Films like Choorian and have many others have likewise painted a polite, civilized, culturally rich and intelligent version of the language.
Perhaps in recent times, Punjabi language has been treated poorly and resultantly is being received poorly. If we only get to hear Punjabi in a vulgar context or poorly constructed content and if Punjabi is otherwise shoved away, hidden and completely taken off our courses, then it is very likely that the masses will grow up disliking the language.
The Legend of Maula Jatt has definitely proved a point. The film has all the winning ingredients. It is probably for the first time that a Punjabi film has been made on such a grand scale. The film also stars actors who are highly influential and in addition the film’s storyline appears gripping. Seemingly, the film makers have done a good job on the film’s direction and production as well. Bilal Lashari has made Punjabi appear trendy and hence made it all the more acceptable for this generation. The highly anticipated film is all set to release on Eid-ul-Fitr.