STORY: A couple divorces even before their son is born because the wife has her ambitions to pursue. The single father then goes around looking for a mother for his son and a companion for himself. What follows is a sublime exhibit of emotions through various equations, that of a father and his son, between a man and a woman and eventually between a woman and her son.
REVIEW:Set in Canada, ‘Honsla Rakh’ starts in flashback as Yenkey Singh (Diljit Dosanjh) has a chance encounter with his ex-wife, Sweety (Shehnaaz Gill). As Sweety is curious to know why Yenkey did not remarry, the story goes back to the beginning of their marriage and sequences leading to their divorce, even though Sweety was carrying Yenkey’s child. Shehnaaz, who plays an ambitious young woman, has broken out of the mould of a giggly, child woman you saw in ‘Bigg Boss’. Handling the glamour of a fashion designer, Shehnaaz displays a quiet oomph, both in her dressing and persona.
In essaying a young married man working with his nose to the grind to keep his wife and future kid well provided for, Diljit is convincing. And when his wife walks out of the marriage to follow her passion, the real struggle of a single parent who also has his job to worry about, makes him relatable at many levels. Despite the years spent in honing his craft, the one trait that Diljit brings to this film is his simplicity. Without letting any complications of an actor of his experience mar the simple, desi Yenkey, Diljit proves why only he could have done justice to this character who needs to convince audiences of the challenges of, playing single dad with raw naivety and of making desperate attempts at getting remarried.