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Soorma Movie Review: Diljit Dosanjh rocks the screen but we expected better direction!

by Vibhuti Gupta, Friday, July 13, 2018

Watching a Diljit Dosanjh starrer movie is always a pleasure. There's nothing to not like because he's amazing. But this movie is special, as it tells the story of former caption of the National Indian Hockey team, Sandeep Singh. The film, titled Soorma takes you through Sandeep's comeback after a gunshot wound leaves him in a wheelchair.

Sandeep Singh's story is considered as one of the greatest comeback in Indian sports. Sandeep (Diljit Dosanjh) who started playing hockey just to win the love of a much better hockey player Hapreet (Taapsee Pannu). After intense training, Sandeep realises his biggest dream and aims to play hockey for the nation. Under the guidance of his brother Bikramjeet (Angad Bedi) – who just lost his chance of selection in the national team – and his coach Harry (Vijay Raaz), Sandeep gets selected to play for India. Life goes on normally but one train incident changes it all; he loses some of the most important people of his life and is partially paralysed below the waist. This might be the end of many of us as well but Sandeep decided to get up from the horrific past and represent India!

I'm sure the narration of the movie would have been mind blowing but on-screen, the film lost its root midway. The movie wasn't even half of what was actually expected. Soorma has many emotional waves, from brotherly bond to a father-son relationship; from a cute love story to an Indo-Pak match- it has covered so many direction that eventually the movie lost its purpose. Honestly, Soorma fails to deliver- it has its fair share of dull moments and emotions are forced at many places. The movie will only be remembered for its performances & that’s not a good thing about any film.

Diljit Dosanjh will win your hearts and you're not goign to stop thinking about him. This man is pure talent! The way he makes his way into Sandeep's shoes is commendable. Bikramjeet (Played by Angad Bedi) asks Sandeep in a scene, “Since when you’ve become so famous among-st the girls”; Diljit should answer it after this film, “Since now.” He's a dedicated actor and his hard work is quite visible. As for Taapsee Pannu, she looks heavenly in the film! Her energy and hard work on-screen doesn't allow you to take your eyes off her but I wish, her character was better-written. Angad Bedi was fabulous in some scenes and just tolerable in the others but his honesty and innocence is quite visible.

The biggest blunder in the movie is Shaad Ali. This would've been an amazing movie like the other sports biopic including M.S Dhoni: The Untold Story and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag but instead it’s a very forgettable attempt. Juggling with family drama, romance & patriotism, Shaad drops the balls too many times creating a mess.

Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy come up with a mixed bag of songs for the film. The title track, Ishq Di Baajiyaan & Pardesiya are amazing tracks but are not very well used in the film. The Soorma anthem is so effective when you listen it to as a standalone song but it comes too late in the film to create that desired impact. Pardesiya – one of my favourite tracks of the year has been used very lazily.

Watch Soorma for its star cast and nothing more. 5/10!


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