"Puncch Beat" Movie Review: Logic Is Thrown Out The Door In This ALT Balaji's School Series!

Bindhiya Nhi |Mar 21, 2019

ALT Balaji's latest series Puncch Beat somehow reminds you of Student Of The Year, but don't expect too much as you might end up disliking it.


Puncch Beat

Creators: Vikas Gupta

Cast: Priyank Sharma, Siddharth Sharma, Khushi Joshi, Harshita Gaur, Samir Soni

Rating: 2.5/5

ALT Balaji's latest series Puncch Beat portrays the high school life, ticking all the right boxes when it comes to their happiness and sadness. This is about a bunch of students who are studying in a prestigious institution. Most of them are those dancing divas and dream boys who are avid gym lovers, and of course, school what school? They carry books around like dazzling accessories but do not use them to study. Instead, this fictional school provides them with high-class activities such as boxing, dancing, and horse-riding. These students seem to focus on how to achieve body goals rather than studying. Honestly, this series is such a punch to logic!

Puncch Beat somehow reminds one of Student Of The Year, except the fact that the series is not as good as Karan Johar's movie. The two lead characters in the series Raahat (Priyank Sharma) and Ranbir Chaudhary (Siddharth Sharma) all have sculpted bodies. Ranbir seems to be another version of Varun's role in SOTY, playing as the school hero. Ranbir's girlfriend (Khushi Joshi) looks stunning, and she also gets that Alia Bhatt vibe.


Moreover, Student Of The Year is not the only movie from which Puncch Beat takes inspiration. There is a scene of a guy running naked around the campus which will remind you of American Pie. It will also bring back memories from Shah Rukh Khan starrer Main Hoon Na in another scene takes place on the terrace.

The series starts to be quite intriguing when it reveals more about Raahat and Ranbir's complicated relationship. Raahat is just an illegitimate son of the school principal (Niki Walia). She always protects Raahat even though her husband (Samir Soni) hates him. On the other hand, Ranbir's father does not care much about his family situation. Also, there are two female leads played by Harshita Gaur and Síndhuja Turlapatí. The siblings have to live with a cruel aunt, and as a result, they later turn out to be rebellious.


Each episode is about 15-30 minutes, and its story seems interesting enough to keep you hooked. However, for such a set-in schools series, Puncch Beat could not hit the mark. In the first four episodes, we cannot figure out what the students are doing as they do not focus on studying. Instead, creator Vikas Gupta throws a bit of everything he knows about teenagers into this series to make it more relatable. From boxing, dancing, sex and family conflicts, Puncch Beat has it all. It is not only illogical but also chaotic.

If you are looking for something entertaining, then Puncch Beat is quite a choice. However, if you expect to watch something as good as Student Of The Year, or at least something makes sense, you should stay away from this series!


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