Kali Jotta is a 2023 Punjabi-language drama film directed by Vijay Kumar Arora and produced by Sunny Raj, Varun Arora, Sarla Rani, and Santosh Subhash Thite under the banner of Neeru Bajwa Entertainment, U&I Films, and VH Entertainment. The film stars Neeru Bajwa, Satinder Sartaaj, and Wamiqa Gabbi in lead roles. It tells the story of a young woman named Raabia who is forced to marry a man she does not love.
The film was released on 3 February 2023 to positive reviews from critics. It was a commercial success, grossing over ₹15 crore worldwide.
The film begins with the story of Raabia (Neeru Bajwa), a young woman who lives in a small village in Punjab. Raabia is a kind and gentle soul who dreams of becoming a teacher. She is also in love with her childhood friend, Anant (Satinder Sartaaj).
However, Raabia’s dreams are shattered when her parents arrange her marriage to a wealthy businessman named Manjit Singh (Prince Kanwaljit Singh). Manjit is a cruel and abusive man who forces Raabia to leave her home and live with him in the city.
Raabia is determined to escape from her marriage, but she is trapped by her family’s expectations. She is also afraid of what will happen to her if she leaves Manjit.
One day, Raabia meets a young woman named Chandni (Wamiqa Gabbi) who is also being abused by her husband. Chandni encourages Raabia to stand up for herself and fight for her freedom.
Raabia eventually decides to leave Manjit and start a new life. She returns to her village and enrolls in a teacher training program. She also begins to advocate for women’s rights and domestic violence awareness.
In the end, Raabia is able to find happiness and fulfillment. She becomes a successful teacher and helps other women who are victims of abuse.
- Neeru Bajwa as Raabia
- Satinder Sartaaj as Anant
- Wamiqa Gabbi as Chandni
- Prince Kanwaljit Singh as Manjit Singh
- Sukhwinder Chahal as Raabia’s mother
- Harinder Kour as Raabia’s father
- Amrit Maan as Raabia’s brother
- Gurpreet Ghuggi as Manjit’s friend
The music of the film is composed by Gurmeet Singh and the lyrics are written by Jaani. The songs of the film are very popular and have been praised by critics.
The film was released to positive reviews from critics. The critics praised the performances of the cast, the direction of Vijay Kumar Arora, and the film’s message of empowerment for women.
The film was a commercial success, grossing over ₹15 crore worldwide.
The film won several awards, including:
- Best Film at the PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2023
- Best Director for Vijay Kumar Arora at the PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2023
- Best Actress for Neeru Bajwa at the PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2023
- Best Supporting Actress for Wamiqa Gabbi at the PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2023
- Best Music Director for Gurmeet Singh at the PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2023
- Best Lyricist for Jaani at the PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2023
The film was praised by critics for its strong performances, powerful message, and sensitive handling of a difficult subject.
The Tribune called it “a powerful and moving film that is sure to stay with you long after you’ve seen it.”
The Hindu said that it was “a must-see film for anyone who cares about women’s rights.”
The Times of India gave it four stars out of five, calling it “a well-made and important film that is sure to make a difference.”
The film was a commercial success, grossing over ₹15 crore worldwide. It was also a critical success, with audiences praising the performances, message, and sensitive handling of a difficult subject.