Sarbjit is Dumkhumwali Hatke Dumdaar film
Film : Sarbjit – Film Review
Produced : Pooja entertainment, t Series & Legend Studios Pvt. ltd.
Director : Omung Kumar
Cast : Aishwarya Rai bachchan , Randeep Hooda, Richa Chadda & Darshan Kumaar
Biopics are made of Legends and Legendary figures and achievers , but here is a story of a true son of Indian soil hailing from Bhikhwind located along Indo Pak border who by default crosses the border of India and lands up in Kot Lakhpat Jail, Pakistan. To be branded as a dreaded terrorist and made to go through virtual hell in the confines of a small dingy, cringe like cell after being tormented like a caged animal. We read about such harrowing tales through newspapers and sometimes first person account , but when we see it happening live in the form of reality cinema than that is the time you start taking note of the gruesome and barbaric treatment prisoners are made to go through with similar kinds of such shocking stories world over.
Hats of to Omung Kumar for attempting and bringing alive so bravely and acutely the stark reality of an ordinary person Sarbjit Singh an Indian national convicted of terrorism and spying by a Pakistani court and who was tried and convicted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan for a series of bomb attacks in Lahore and Faisalabad that killed 14 bystanders in 1990… Sarbjit’s tryst with destiny, his sacrifice and the sacrifice of the whole family through the perspective of Dalbir his dear and darling sister who left no stone unturned to fight with the Pakistan Government and the Powers to be for his brothers innocence and freedom, for 23 years.
It was not an easy job handling such a delicate and most publicized subject where Government of the two countries are involved and balancing the emotions of the high pitch characterizations and trying to execute them and to be able to get the desired results. He has managed it all to the desired effect. Indeed an award winning treat he has delivered.
A wonderful and strategic casting coup of sorts… Wow ! What a sterling performance from Aishwarya Rai Bachchan playing the role of Dalbir Kaur , sister of Sarbjit. A volatile , firebrand and spirited portrayal of a crusader who could not believe that what his brother is going through and fights tooth and nail , even sacrificing her own family to go in search of Sarbjit. Every inch she has managed to get into the skin of the character and playing it giving her cent percent without any compromise whatsoever. Simply Superlative & Sensational Power packed Punch she delivers. An out and out Award Winning Winner !!! Its an evolved new Aishwarya we get to watch as she goes about playing her character with such clinical precision.
Now what can you say about the title role enacted by Randeep Hooda …. Just Marvelous !!!
Playing Biopic characters has become a second nature with Randeep… the physical tansitions he has gone through is awe inspiring.
He gets deadly into the soul of Sarbjit and enacts the agony and the torture of the character with such élan and authenticity that he looks nothing less than a picture of helplessness and tragedy.
Richa Chadda as Sukhpreet Kaur the wife of Sarbjit has limited scope , but she is also there in most of the frames. What a silent knockout impressions she has managed to leave at every juncture is quite remarkable.
Two young daughters Swapandeep and Poonam Kaur growing up and the dilemma and life’s tragedy they are exposed to brings those solitary moments of desperation and gloom which they start revolting to which we see with one of the daughters when she is not able to take anymore and virtually explodes… is indeed noteworthy.
But the highlight of the whole film is that master shot where Dalbir, Sukhpreet along with their daughters go to meet Sarbjit and there is that family reunion and emotions going haywire all in a very restricted and contrived confines of the jail just blows you out. Wonderfully enacted and leaves a lasting impact even after you leave the theatre. Indeed a master stroke.
Darshan Kumaar as Awaish Sheikh a Pakistani lawyer who agrees to take Sarbjit’s case by offering his services free of charge, has done a very good job despite the length of his role.
Kiran Deohans camerawork is very sharp and recreates the mood and situation per say very effectively. He is equally well supported by some superb recreation of sets of Pakistan in India by the Art Director and cut to cut smart editing by Rajesh Pandey. Music adds to the mood and tempo of the narration.
But All in All its Omung Kumar , Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Randeep Hooda’s film.
A must watch film to create awareness for such instances to not happen with anybody else in life.