By Pratap Pai (Dubai)
It’s the season of biopics. After Sanju we get to see another biopic of ex-Indian hockey captain Sandeep Singh. Directed by Shaad Ali starring Diljit Dosanjh, Taapse Pannu, and Angad Bedi in lead roles.
Plot: Sandeep Singh (Diljit) is a carefree guy who picks up hockey stick only for the sake of marrying his love of life Preet played by Taapsee Pannu who herself is a member of Indian hockey team. His passion and determination gets him selected for Indian Hockey team. Sandeep Singh instantly rises to fame and gets nick name flicker Singh for his excellent on field drag flick. Life is smooth sailing for him till one day when during a train journey an accidental firing of bullet makes him paralyzed from the lower body part. Soorma is all about the ups and downs in the life of Sandeep Singh and how he fights back his physical disability and once again starts playing for India with the support of his elder brother Bikram played brilliantly by Angad Bedi.
Shaad Ali is back after a long hiatus and it’s great to see him in fine form. He presents the life of Sandeep Singh on the screen in a beautiful way. With his wonderful direction he keeps the audiences glued to the seats. The cinematography is top notch and the on field hockey matches are excellently shot as if we are watching a live hockey match. There are quite a few impactful scenes like the freak accident one , confrontation scene between Angad and Diljit , the training scenes , the hospital scene where Diljit is unable to get up for toilet and wets his bed, India-Pakistan climax match etc. are sure to give you goosebumps.
Special mention to some great lyrics penned by Gulzaar and wonderful compositions by Shankar Ehsaan Loy. The Soorma title song and Good Man songs are pick of the lots.
Coming to performance, it’s Diljit sincere and honest act that wins your heart. He conveniently portrays the role of a hockey player with ease. After Udtaa Punjab here is yet another fine performance from him that will surely nominate him for best actor award categories. Coming close to Diljit is Angad Bedi, who has excellently played the role of his elder brother who stands with Sandeep like a rock in his tough times. The bonding between them is superb and will make your eyes moist. Taapse Pannu delivers yet another fine performance after Pink. She looks beautiful and has done justice to her role. Vijay Raaz as the coach is terrific. He gets the best punch lines and is sure to get whistles and claps on his dialogues. Veterans like Khulbhushan Kharbanda as the Hockey committee chairman and Satish Kaushik as the helpless father are brilliant in their roles.
On the whole Soorma is an inspirational and well-crafted journey on the life of Sandeep Singh which surely needs to be watched.
Worth a watch!