True to the title Soorma, the film portrays fighting spirit and lion-hearted performances
No biopic can ever do complete justice to the protagonist it shows, because obviously real life is never the same as reel life.
But yes, reel life can be a medium to celebrate real life heroes, and a medium providing oodles of inspiration to the audiences who may or may not know that such heroes exist.
Soorma is one such story of a warrior in our hockey team, and the film may not have done complete justice to the hockey legend, but it scores a goal in our hearts with its simplicity and innocence, and hence becoming close-to-perfect portrayal of real life Soorma’s story.
A story we all should know, a story we must watch.
Watch it If you like -
Diljit Dosanjh’s heat warming act, Vijay Raaz’s impressive performance, Taapsee’s cute Sardarni role, Honesty in narration and Simplicity as a vibe attracts you more towards the film
But Beware of -
Presentation was a problem, with so much to tell about the hockey legend, deep emotional connect went missing
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After Saathiya, Shaad Ali couldn’t really touch his own benchmark. The director is now back with a biopic that is a mix of drama and reality but stays honest throughout.
With so much on the plate about the hockey legend, family, romance, patriotism, the tragedy and the victories, Shaad Ali managed to execute everything but the presentation went weak.
Alekh (Story) – Patkatha (Screenplay)
And hence this touching story of tragedies and records, a story we may or may not have known, a story that needed to be told, didn’t reach that incising emotional connect that it should have.
Having said that, when the reel protagonist becomes the real-life one for you, the film’s more than half job, of making a connect is achieved. Singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh is the first Soorma of the film.
Jumping straight to the main content of the film seemed a bit rush rush, but then the film’s focus was fixed, that is the tragedy to victory part in Sandeep Singh’s life. So, execution had to be this way. But the film needed to be better at presentation too.
If you have a story at hand which is so emotion-charged in real life, you must make sure to present it the same way onscreen. Somewhere the issue the film was with writing too, not because it didn’t establish the love life and childhood of Sandeep Singh, but because the script weakened the passion Sandeep Singh may have had for the game of hockey. Motherly love, Brotherly love, Partner’s love, Love for the country, everything was there, but the drama part added to the film could have been avoided we guess. (Spoiler Ahead: Sandeep Singh’s initial love for hockey was shown as a result to impress the love of his life). Because we needed more of Sandeep Singh’s love for hockey too. There is a scene where Sandeep Singh is made aware of his skills by his elder brother in the film, we needed more such scenes.
Also, amongst so much to show in just few hours, emotional connect was missing, you just go teary-eyed in one or two scenes. But the honesty and the “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow” spirit the film has, never lets you down for even a second.
Geet Sangeet (Music)
Music by Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy with lyrics by Gulzar Saab has so much variety, the songs in the film are totally befitting. They needed to be utilized more and properly though.
Diljit Dosanjh, the Punjabi superstar impresses us. Pride in his turban, innocence in his acting, there was passion in the way he held the hockey stick and became Sandeep Singh for us. He not only shines but outshines in the film. A child-like smile from the actor will blur any flaw you find out in the film because the actor makes a flicker goal right into your hearts.
Taapsee Pannu, fresh and natural as ever, acted nicely and looked every inch of a Sardarni. Angad Bedi was truly impressive and grabbed our attention.
Talking about attention, Vijay Raaz was first-rate. The brilliant actor had some of the best scenes and he did a fab job. A show stealer in his scenes.
Kulbhushan Kharbanda, the senior actor made his presence felt. Satish Kaushik, another senior actor who was good but could have had a better written role.
Nirnay (FilmyCurry Verdict)
All biopics are inspiring. This one is unusual too.
Watch it to know the story, watch it for the performances.