Shorgul is based on the innocent friendship between a Hindu boy Raghu ( Anirudh Dave) and a Muslim girl Zainab (Suha Gezen) rapidly escalates into a political minefield, causing unrest and chaos in Uttar Pradesh. This later turn into a national issue.
Shorgul is based on the innocent friendship between a Hindu boy Raghu ( Anirudh Dave) and a Muslim girl Zainab (Suha Gezen) rapidly escalates into a political minefield, causing unrest and chaos in Uttar Pradesh. This later turn into a national issue. less
“Despite a potentially strong plot and good actors, Shorgul falls much below your expectations.”
Shorgul is a movie that tires you out with its earnest intensity. It has chosen that old but difficult topic of politicians using religion for their own ends and the catastrophe that creates in the lives of innocent people.
A Muslim girl and a Hindu boy are childhood friends. He is in love with her but doesn’t tell her because she is happily engaged to another Muslim man and looking forward to her marriage. The boy’s father is the village head and a voice of reason against the rabid religious politics played by the local politicians. Everything is fine till a fanatical relative of the fiance kills the Hindu friend. All mayhem breaks loose and there are riots where everyone suffers and yet the politicians play games.
There is nothing new in the story really. It has the same politicians playing the same games. What I liked was that both the guys who are in love with the girl show a sense of restraint and open mindedness. They are normal rational people, fair in their dealings with people of another faith. We see how riots begin from a personal misunderstanding and get misused by those seeking power.
The riot scenes are quite terrible However, the movie flags in this section making our attention sag. There is too much of the politicking and it got boring after a bit. Also, I didn’t quite understand why the police would not take the girl into its protection when she was so clearly a target for both groups. To have her shunted from house to house seemed to me quite illogical.
Jimmy Shergill is a fine actor and he portrays the politician with a deadpan, ruthless air. He remains almost expressionless throughout which may mean it was too easy a role for him and he was bored. Ashutosh Rana as the righteous village headman who loses his son and yet refuses to get swayed into violence is far more passionate about his character, flashing his big eyes so much that you fear they will pop. EIjaz Khan as the fanatic Muslim is quiet but yet terrible. The new heroine, Suha Gezen has a vintage look about her, like Reena Roy in Asha. She wears shararas and has an extremely stylized hairstyle. I would like to see her in a more natural avatar to see what she does with herself. Here, she is not able to bring out the intensity that her role demands very well. Sanjay Suri channels Akhilesh Yadav effortlessly as the CM of UP.
Shorgul is a strictly ok watch. The problem it tackles is very much a part of our country but shown so often that for a movie to break through our ennui and cynicism it needs to do something very different. This one tries but doesn’t totally success. More shor than needed will make it gul from the theatres soon I suspect.