Sarbjit (2016):"Story of love, passion,separation, pain of Sarabjit and his family. Sarbjit grabs your attention from start and never loses track.It shakes you up as it reaches the finale."
Omung Kumar’s Sarbjit which narrates the struggle of Dalbir Kaur (Sarabjit’s sister) to free his brother from the Pakistan prison has been extensively researched.
The director has captured every little essence of the family's life and has paid attention to minute details like their cultural background, village life in Punjab.
This is one subject which has got a fair window to display the sufferings of a family post the arrest of Sarabjit at the border.
And Omung Kumar manage to handle this sensitive subject with a clear intention of also keeping the audience entertained.
Omung Kumar doesn’t waste any time exploring the unnecessary.
He sticks to the brief and within the first 5 minutes, prepares a strong foundation for the film.
He does go back and forth about what Sarabjit went through in the various stages of his life.
Sarabjit, played by Randeep Hooda, strays into Pakistan in a drunken stupor and is convicted for the Lahore and Faislabad bomb attacks of 1990.
Having that established, the director starts turning the pages of each member of the family and dwells into their past.
In spite of this film discussing a sad tragic story, it had its own moments of joy, bonding, sharing, be it brother-sister bond of Dalbir-Sarabjit, bonding with sister-in-law Dalbir-Sukhpreet, the relationship amongst the family – Dalbir-Sukhpreet-Daarji-kids etc.
Even a small ray of hope of getting Sarabjit back to India is a matter of celebration for the family.
The whole film is conveyed from the perspective of Dalbir, Sarabjit’s sister. Aishwarya has indeed given a great performance.
She has portrayed the courage, grit, determination, frustration of Dalbir so beautifully.
Yes, her looks don’t support the character of a Punjabi woman, but, performance wise, she has done great work.
Richa Chadha as Sukhpreet has less dialogues in the film, but what a remarkable performance by her. Her expressions as a wife who is dying to be with her husband, not losing hope even amidst despair are really great.
Ram Murti Sharma as Daarji as a strong pillar of support to Dalbir, Sukhpreet and the whole family is also very good.
Darshan as advocate Awais Sheikh has a brief role, but has given very much noticeable performance.
The show-stopper of the film is of course Randeep Hooda.
What a performance!
He has worked on his body, mind, and soul for this film.
He has captured every emotion of Sarabjit and brought it alive on screen.
Production designer Vanita Kumar has done a commendable job by recreating Sarabjit's quaint little cottage in Punjab.
The dirty walls of a house are a reflection of all the sorrows and grief in someone’s life which has been very subtly injected in the screenplay.
High point of the film is the feel that people on either side of the border have suffered due to India-Pakistan conflict, still, there are people on either side who stand for one another.
Sarabjit could communicate through letters with his family only because of generosity of a Pakistani brother.
Advocate Awais Sheikh’s risking his life by fighting for justice for Sarabjit is also incredible. Dalbir’s asking Awais Sheikh to back out due to threats for his life was full of pathos.
Certain other scenes which need special mention are:
1.The moments of Sarabjit with Dalbir, Sukhpreet,Daarji.
2.Sarabjit getting tortured in jail.
4.Sukhpreet standing like a rock-solid system with Dalbir, when she breaks down.
5.Sukhpreet putting the lipstick always since Sarabjit loved it.
6.Children Swapan and Poonam growing up with seeing father’s photographs in the media
All moments of despair.
7.Occasional bouts of relief on progress in positive direction for Sarabjit’s case turning into celebration.
8.Sarabjit’s asking Dalbir to see him in all those innocent Pakistani prisoners in Indian jail.
Overall, the film takes you on an emotional ride and makes you question a lot about the political crisis between two countries.
There are many prisoners on both sides of the border and at the end makes an impassioned appeal that politics shouldn’t be played when innocent lives are involved.
This is not a film which is meant for entertainment but it is a film which makes one experience the pain, ethos, pathos of many Sarabjit (s) and his families on either sides of the border.
Let this India-Pakistan conflict get over for ever.