Director: Omung Kumar
Cast: Randeep Hooda, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Richa Chadda, Darshan Kumar
Music: Amaal Malik, Jeet Ganguly, Shail-Pritesh, Tanishk Bagchi, Shashi-Shivam
Writers: Utkarshini Vashishtha, Rajesh Beri
Story- Sarabjit Singh (Randeep Hooda) mistakenly enters into Pakistani Border. He is in the jail in Pakistan accused him Indian terrorist regarding bomb blasts in Lahore. He gets mental as well as physical torture in the jail for 23 years. He is sentenced to death. His sister Dalbir Kaur (Aishwarya Rai- Bachchan) fights for his release since 23 years. But unfortunately, Sarabjit Dies in Pakistan and his dead body returns to India.
Critic’s Conclusion- The Director Omung Kumar brings another biopic after Mary Kom (2014) whichevery Indian should watch and understand. The plot is good, but the director can’t do justice to it. He can’t make the movie either commercial or real. However, there will be the reality in such scenes as he has made this movie by taking help of Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur. But he can’t save the movie from becoming melodramatic and loud.
He has taken such cinematic liberties in the movie. Sarabjit’ story is emotional, but the movie becomes weak to bring exact emotions. Despite the sensitive story, the movie is unable to touch your heart. The movie revolves around Dalbir Kaur and Sarabjit gets sidelined in it. There are more to say in the original story, but the director ignores it. Viewers have unsatisfied in the entire biopic. Even Dalbir’s struggle is not looking enough in the movie.
The movie is too melodramatic, which is avoidable in the realistic movie. Also, there is no need of too many songs in it.
However, there are such beautiful scenes picturised in the movie such as Sarabjit‘s meeting with his family and sister in the jail, Sarabjit’s sister and wife’ scenes etc. Filmmakers have put details regarding the case of Sarabjit like as the dirty politics between two countries which affects Sarabjit’s release from the Pakistani jail, but something is missing in the movie.
Talking about performance, Randeep Hooda lives Sarabjit. He has done much hard work not only by mentally but also physically for this role. He should be given respect for his role. But his inconsistent makeup of a tortured prisoner making a low impact on his character. Richa Chadda as Sarabjit’s wife has done the brilliant job. Though she has given few dialogues, she shows her expression with her eyes.
Darshan Kumar is decent in his small role.
Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan is not fit for Dalbir’s role. She can’t give justice to her role. She does over the top acting in such scenes. There is no need to scream to express opinions and this is Aishwarya is doing in the movie. Also, she is talking her dialogues in wrongly accented Punjabi. The rest of the cast is ok.
Why have they put the loud background score? It will trouble your ears. Nothing to say good about cinematography. Some songs are heart touching. Dialogues are filmy Overall, “Sarbjit” could become a heart touching and good biopic, but its melodramatic presentation can’t save the movie.