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Soorma Review: The story of the fastest drag flick flickers despite an impeccable Diljit!

  • Zinia Bandyopadhyay

    Zinia Bandyopadhyay (819,273 DM Points)

    Desimartini | Updated - July 13, 2018 5:23 PM IST
    3.3DM (34253 ratings)

    Verdict - Watch the film for the performances, but the execution will leave you asking for more

    SoormaWatch trailerRelease date : July 13, 2018

    Sandeep Singh. The name might not have been known to many but the determination and strength and courage that he has is unparalleled. He was the fastest drag flick in the world who retained his position even after being hit by a bullet, suffering from coma and then being paralyzed waist down for over a year. His tale is one of resilience and courage to get back to life. The film, however, isn’t.
    The story that the film wishes to say is one inspiring tale that everyone should actually know about but despite the most earnest performances, this film falls short of being even close to one of the best sports biopics.
    The problem lies in the script and screenplay. The film lacks the grit that the central character is full of. So even in the scenes where you should be overwhelmed with emotions, you do not quite feel it. And mind you, this is not because of the performance but because of the loose ends that the script has. While as a sports biopic, it is good with its presentation of the facts, but unlike an M.S Dhoni: An Untold Story or the hockey film Chak De India, you will feel the gap in execution. And that is where I feel Shaad Ali fell short.
    One of the best things about the film has to be its performances. Right from Diljit Singh to Taapsee Pannu to Angad Bedi to Vijay Raaz and Satish Kaushik, the performances are brilliant. Diljit Dosanj puts his heart into the character and pulls it out with brilliance despite the shortcomings from the script. Taapsee Pannu comes across as spontaneous and natural and in fact successfully manages to evoke emotions in you. Angad Bedi has a comparatively meatier role in the film and he puts his heart into it. Vijay Raaz would own the moments with this ‘rokna’, ‘thokna’ and dialoguebaazi. Also please do not miss the cameo of Sandeep Singh’s real brother as Tanveer, the Captain of the Pakistan Hockey team.
    The problem again crops up in how the characters are portrayed. Most of them come out as flat characters who show no shade or development through the entire length of the film.
    Shankar Mahadevan has infused life into the music in the film. With Gulzar’s lyrics, you know that things would not go wrong!
    The film had the potential to be one of the best biopics but sadly, not just does it miss the mark but the leaves the audience hungry for more!

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