The trailer of Omung Kumar’s second film Sarbjit was released today. The film which is a biopic on the life of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian farmer from Punjab who was convicted by a Pakistan court on the grounds of terrorism and his sister Dalbir Kaur who fought for his justice.
The film stars Randeep Hooda as Sarabjit, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as his sister Dalbir Kaur and Richa Chadda as Sukhpreet Kaur, his wife.
Taking off with Dalbir and her family in their happier times and in flashes a bruised Randeep Hooda being beaten up in jail, the trailer sets a soul stirring mood from start.
Soon we are shown a de-glamorous Aishwarya in search of her missing brother, who is captured in Pakistan after her drifts across the border one night. While the story of Sarabjit Singh is worth telling, the trailer seems to focus more on featuring Aishwarya’s acting prowess and her power to bring to life, the frustrated and noteworthy life of Dalbir more than anything else.
It impresses us with the lead cast and their act but as a narrative what it lacks on a primary level is giving us a taste of the gruesome politics that was involved in the Sarabjit’s case. From the look of it, the trailer is more of a crowd pleaser topped with elements that make you pity and empathetic to the characters.
I wish Omung had been a little bolder considering we are living in the times of Kanhaiya Kumar and if JNU students can cook up a storm, a powerful medium like cinema needs to pull up its socks and give us a 360 degree view of a controversial story as this. Definitely, there’s more to show in this tale than a few shots of a broken-down Aish looking for some hope.
From a cinematic perspective, Aishwarya and Randeep both put up an impressive show. Brief moments featuring Darshan Kumar too seem intriguing.
Overall, Sarbjit comes across as more of a commercial biopic from its trailer, hopefully there will be a hard-hitting side to it as a film.
Sarbjit Official Trailer
Sarbjit will hit the screens on 20th May, 2016.
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