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Soorma Review - The Tale of an Unsung Hero
Sandeep - the warrior
Sandeep Singh is the greatest drag-flicker the Hockey world has ever witnessed. Now, the story of this hockey hero is made into the biopic Soorma, meaning warrior. Sandeep Singh is really a warrior as known by those who follow Indian hockey. He came back from near death to captain Indian team and scored the highest number of goals during the 2012 Olympic qualifiers.
In a season of biopics, it is refreshing to see one where the director applies restraint and steers away from an overuse of platitudes. The story of hockey great Sandeep Singh is, after all, not ordinary, even though the man came from humble beginnings. Motivated by patriotism, family, and love, Singh overcame adversity to regain his place in international hockey.
Hockey is said to be India's default national sport. Whenever Olympics happen, all the eyes of Indians will be on the hockey team. It was hockey that brought India's gold medals for a long time. Let's see if the biopic made justice to the life of the stalwart player with Soorma review.
Sandeep - the hero
The story of Soorma starts in 1994, in Shahabad, a town in the district of Kurukshetra in Haryana, Sandeep Singh’s hometown. His childhood is shown to be about grueling hockey training sessions under a stringent coach Kartar Singh played with effect by Danish Husain. Kartar Singh has considerable clout in this small town filled with hockey aspirants and is known for his strict disciplinary tactics which are quite questionable for the normal people.
It’s enough to put Sandeep off hockey completely. Hopes are now pinned on elder brother Bikramjeet’s shoulder of fulfilling the family dream of seeing their sons make it to the National hockey team. It’s only when Sandeep Singh played delightfully by Diljit Dosanjh is much older and falls hard for Harpreet played by the excellent Taapsee Pannu, a player in the girl’s hockey team that he decides to revive his pursuit of acing the game. So that he can impress her.
Harpreet's family don't accept the alliance. But Sandeep Singh rises through the ranks and plays for Indian Hockey Team and establishes himself as a for to reckon with. But an unfortunate tragedy strikes and his dream shatters. While traveling on the Shatabdi Express to join the other members of the team to participate in the World Cup, he was shot accidentally by a foolish co-passenger who was carrying a gun.
Sandeep Singh becomes invalid with waist down he is paralysed. But his ever loving brother Bikramjeet comes to his aid and helps him recover. What a recovery it is! From near death experience to become the captain of the national team, Sandeep makes a comeback of more than cinematic proportions. The rest is history and can be watched on the big screen experiencing the magic with others.
Diljit is Sandeep
Diljit Dosanjh lived through the character of Sandeep Singh. No! He became Sandeep Singh the greatest drag-flicker. The body language, the accent, the mannerisms... everything Sandeep is! Diljit is Sandeep and Sandeep is Diljit. The way he shows the variations during his bubbly youth days, and his love for Harpreet, and during the tragedy and finally the time of triumph is simply beyond words.
Tapsee Pannu as the lady love and the initial narrator of the film is terrific. Special mention should be given to Angad Bedi who played the role of Bikramjeet, the brother of Sandeep. This is his best performance. Danish Husain as the taskmaster of a coach Kartar Singh is impressive. Rest of the cast did justice to their roles.
Writers Shaad Ali, Suyash Trivedi, and Siva Ananth, fortunately, follow a linear narrative to recount Singh’s story. But they might have felt lazy writing the screenplay. Director Shaad Ali’s past films have had memorable music (Saathiya, Bunty Aur Babli), but that’s not so with Soorma. Yet he works well with his actors to transport us to Singh’s simple sporting world with a vicious local coach and a sweet family unit.
Rest of the departments united to give us a brilliant experience of an unsung hero. The production team headed by Chitrangada Singh must be lauded for coming up with such a film. Bollywood is back to form with the biopic of a real life hero rather than a reel life hero.
Just go and experience the life of a hero. Soorma did all the justice to the inspiring life of Sandeep Singh.
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The highly anticipated Soorma is here today and is receiving praise from the critics and the audience. The biopic on Indian hockey hero, Sandeep Singh, Soorma stars Diljit Dosanjh in the lead role as Sandeep and Tapsee Pannu as Harpreet. This Shaad Ali directorial is hailed as a well-made film with emotions at the right place. Diljit's performance is said to be terrific and Angad Bedi as Bikramjeet, brother of Sandeep Singh who is also a hockey player, is also receiving high praise for his career-best performance.
Not just critics and viewers, the biggest of the celebrities also like the sports biopic. The heartwarming tale of the hockey player who despite being paralysed for more than a year returns to the turf and wins the Sultan Azlan Shah cup for the team as the captain.
Soorma despite its flaws is totally loved by the audience. The story of the lionhearted comeback of Sandeep Singh moved those who watched the movie. Diljeet Dosanjh's performance as the hockey hero and Angad Singhs acting as the brother of Sandeep Singh who helps him during the depressing days of him away from the sport due to a life-threatening injury.
By the time the matinee shows are nearing completion, Soorma appears to be a winner at the box office and the with the critics. The tale of an unsung hero who plays a de facto national game which is not as popular as the other game impressed one and all. Diljit Singh's heartwarming performance and great work from the supporting cast of Tapsee, Angad Bedi etc. added ample value for this sports biopic.
What is it about?
Soorma is a biographical sports drama movie based on the life of Indian hockey player Sandeep Singh, also known as flicker Singh. Diljit Dosanjh plays the titular role in this film and Taapsee Pannu plays his love interest, Harpreet. Angad Bedi portrays the character of Dosanjh’s brother by the name Bikramjeet Singh. Directed by Shaad Ali, this movie tells the story of Sandeep throwing light on the way he was brought up, the discovery of his interest in Hockey, winning 2009 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, his paralysis phase, and his comeback.
What to expect?
Movie On India’s National Sport Hockey
Soorma is based on Hockey that is the national sport of India. Yet this sport is not much talked about. But like the way Shah Rukh Khan starrer Chak De India! won huge praise for its Hockey sport, this movie is also likely to click with the audience.
Biography On Brave Indian Sports Player
Soorma brings to the silver screens the life of Indian hockey player Sandeep Singh, who made his international debut in 2004 in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. In 2006, on his way to play for the world cup, he was accidentally shot and got paralyzed waist down. Facing challenges, he stood on his feet to become the captain of Indian Hockey team. Under his captaincy, India won Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 2009.
Diljit Dosanjh's Phenomenal Acting
Diljit Dosanjh plays the titular role of Sandeep Singh in this movie. He has established himself as an actor with his phenomenal acting in movies such as Udta Punjab, Phillauri, etc.
Taapsee Pannu Versatile Acting
Taapsee Pannu is one of the reigning queens of Bollywood. The 30-year-old actress has impressed the audience with her versatile acting in movies such as Baby, Pink, Judwaa 2, etc. Taapsee is not only playing the love interest of Diljit in this movie but is also playing Hockey.
Superb Direction by Shaad Ali
Shaad Ali, who has delivered hit movies such as Saathiya, Bunty Aur Babli, etc. is directing Soorma. This can easily be his next hit because of the superb concept of the biography of a brave Indian Hockey player.
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