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Sarabjit (U/A)



2 hrs 36 mins

Audience Review

115 Ratings

Release Date

20 May 2016
Critics Reviews Audience Reviews Updated: May 20, 2016 02:08 PM IST

The basic plot of the story is known to all that it revolves around the life of two persons namely Sarabjit Singh (Randeep Hooda) and his sister Dalbir Kaur (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan). Sarabjit has a sweet family, and his family include his wife Manpreet (Richa Chadha), two daughters Poonam & Swapandeep Kaur, sister Dalbir and a father. Like every other farmer, Sarabjit also works in other people's farm and earns a livelihood. He spends his life in peace until one tragic incident changes his entire life!

Coming to the performances of Sarbjit's star cast, Randeep is the ultimate winner amongst all. From delivering Punjabi accent fluently to his impeccable acting (especially during the jail sequences), he truly won our heart.

Considering the hype created around Aishwarya's character, our expectations from the gorgeous beauty was quite high. There were a few scenes, which needed the fluent Punjabi accent, but she fell flat.

Sarbjit could have been better, but it turns out to be a flawed story-telling which fails to connect with the audiences. But you can give it a shot for Randeep Hooda's outstanding performance!

Omung Kumar bases his film on the version of events offered by Singh’s sister, Dalbir Kaur: she maintains her brother’s only crime was to wander across the border while drunk.

A failure to establish a coherent narrative is evident in the first half of the film, when two scenes showing Kaur searching for her missing brother in 1990 are split by an ­unnecessary flashback – in true ­Bollywood style.

The film picks up ­momentum as the focus shifts to Kaur’s campaign, but ­becomes heavy-­handed as it attempts to frame Singh’s plight in the context of Indo-Pakistan relations.

The movie transforms into a campaign film, not for Singh but for all ­prisoners languishing behind bars because of hostile ­political relations between ­countries – as if one case means everyone has ­suffered an injustice simply because of their passport. It seems a tenuous ­argument.

Omung Kumar's SARBJIT is a heartrending portrayal of the tragedy of an innocent family centric farmer living at the Indo-Pak border and how he gets sucked into a legacy of hatred for no fault of his own.

Kiran Deohans' camera work captures the essence of the mood and context perfectly. Rajesh Pandey's editing is good though it could have been slightly more crisper than the final version.

On the whole, SARBJIT is a landmark film with great performances and a superbly told narrative. The entertainment quotient is missing which is compensated by the phenomenal manner in which the story is told. At the box office, it will be appreciated by matured audience.

Sarbjit reimagines the plight of a Punjab farmer who, in 1990, strayed across the border in an inebriated state only to be mistaken for a terrorist and thrown into a Pakistani jail from which he never got out. It reduces a poignant human drama to outright Bollywood pulp with unimaginative treatment and a tendency to ratchet the melodrama up to a crescendo at every available opportunity.

Randeep Hooda is an exceptionally gifted actor and has clearly put in a lot of effort to get into the skin of the character. But he is let down by the creative choices that the writer (Utkarshini Vashishth) and the director make on his behalf. Richa Chadha chews up everything in the frame every time she is allowed some elbow room. Unfortunately, she has only two and a half scenes at best in which to display her wares. It is obvious that the strategy is to not let her upstage the 'bigger' star.

Watch it only if you are an Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan fan no matter what.

Randeep Hooda literally embodies this utter despair of hapless Sarabjit at being trapped in an isolated cell in an 'enemy' country with such sincerity that it seems all palpable and realistic.

A lot rides on Ash's shoulders as this is the role that demands dollops of courage even when under the most vulnerable of situations.

She, more or less, gets into character and brings in a lot of energy and required aggression to the table. But, there are points when she simply goes overboard with her display of rage and emotions.

Watch this for Sarabjit Singh and Randeep Hooda.

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