This Friday, it’s the solo release, which comes in the form of a biopic called Sarabjit. The film has Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Randeep Hooda, Darshan Kumar and Richa Chaddha in the lead roles. The film is directed by Omung Kumar, while is produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Bhushan Kumar and Omung Kumar along with others under the banner of Legend Studios along with Pooja Entertainment & Film Limited. The film has been screened at the recently organized Cannes Film Festival, which witnessed the presence of the lead actors especially Aishwarya Rai. The film is based in the life of an Indian farmer called Sarabjit who was imprisoned by the Pakistani officials in Pak for being spy. He lost his life while he was treated in the government hospital after being attacked by the Pakistanis. Let’s check the crux of the film as under:
The story of this biopic film is of a man called Sarabjit Singh who hails from Punjab, India was caught by the Pakistani army when seen across the border for being crossing it by mistake. He was put behind the bar for decades in the allegation of being an Indian spy. On the other side, his sister Dalbir Kaur struggles for 23 years to release him from jail, which basically the basic plot of the film. Randeep Hooda has played the role of Sarabjit in the film, while Aish plays the role of his sister and Darshan plays the character of a lawyer from Pakistan.
The latest from Omung Kumar is again a biopic after he managed to get good round of applauds from his previously released movie Mary Kom. This time it is Sarabjit Singh who after straying over the Pak border in the 1990 was convicted of terrorism and spying was seen putting on death row. Though the innocence of guilt is still debated but it proved a great fodder for Indian filmmakers to make a film based on the life of this man adding up the required masala to make the film presentable over the silver screen. well talking about the first half of the film, it has purely failed to establish a coherent narrative, which is evident with a number of scenes shown at the background when a sister comes out to find out her lost brother. The movie suggest that Sarabjit confesses of being a terrorist in order to keep himself away from the torture, while the film is all about focusing on a campaign laid down by his sister to clear his name. As you find Sarabjit in the jail in most of the part of the film, keeping him on the periphery of the main plot, the emotive Randeep Hooda is often seen anguished and forlorn wherein in default he gets is frustration and anger.
Talking about the performances, Aishwarya Rai is the same as her previous film, the overconfident and a lady with overacting elements. Though some of the scenes, she has managed to do better, but the overall picture isn’t that rosy. In fact, she needed hard work in practicing and rehearsing her character so that she could have had entered the shoes of the character. With her poor dialogue delivery and Hinglish (English kind of pronunciation of Hindi dialogues), she has failed to flaunt the character she was assigned. In other words, she was the wrong choice in many ways. On the other side, Randeep Hooda who was seen in playing the central character was simply phenomenal. Despite being seen behind the bars, the actor has left no stone unturned to portray his character the best. Losing weight to such an extent to play any character is the masterpiece of the actor in B Town. Richa Chadda while playing the character of his wife was decent though she didn’t get much of the screen space. Had she got the chance, she had easily overshadowed with her incredible potential.
Direction, Music and Other Elements
Omung Kumar is a good filmmaker and is known to have expertise in biopic films. His previous biopic having Priyanka Chopra at the center stage was incredible, which helped to get the credit. Similarly when he is taking the credit of the good, he should be able to take the bad performance as well. The music has not much to say about the film except the song by Arjit Singh that sounds soothing in films like these. The other elements were okay and have nothing much to do with the film.
Sarabjit Review – The Last Word
The film was mane to pick up the momentum as the focus of the campaign from the Sarabjit sister’s was seem shifting making it very much heavy handed as it fails to frame Sarabjit Singh’s plight in the context of Indo-Pakistan relations. The film simply transforms into a social campaign not for the man behind bars due to the hostile political relations of the two nations. Not much should be expected from this biopic for the obvious reasons. This makes the rating as low the film has less to deliver rather than to preach.