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Soorma inspires you to fight against all odds

Sandeep has a hard journey ahead till he finally qualifies for the Indian team and excels, earning himself a nickname of ‘Flicker Singh’ in honour of his expertise in the drag clicker.

Soorma is an inspiring true story of the former hockey captain in the Indian team, Sandeep Singh. Singh, who hails from a small town of Shahbad from Haryana, has had an eventful journey to being the Indian hockey team,

Young Sandeep Singh (played by Diljit Dosanjh), has sworn off hockey because of an unpleasant experience with the egoistic local coach (Danish Husain), while his brother Bikramjeet Singh (Angad Bedi) continues to train under him. Singh whiles his time away while the older brother is aspiring to be part of the Indian team.

Singh gets motivated to get into hockey when he falls for Harpreet (Taapsee Pannu), who’s training under the coach. It’s his doting brother Bikramjeet who recognises the potential in Sandeep, when he catches him doing the drag flicker with ease. Sandeep has a hard journey ahead till he finally qualifies for the Indian team and excels too, earning himself a nickname of ‘Flicker Singh’ in honour of his expertise in the drag clicker.

A supportive coach (Vijay Raaz) and his passion gets him into the Indian team. However,  a mishap in Shatabdi express while he was on his way to meet the Indian team to proceed to Germany, sets him back drastically. After two years, Sandeep fights against odds to get over his misfortune and fights his way back into he Indian hockey team.

Director Shaad Ali creates Sandeep Singh’s world with a loving and realistic touch. Shot in actual location in Shahbad, Ali portrays Singh’s world, without introducing fake and unnecessary glamour elements in the name of cinematic liberty. The other winner is the screenplay (written by Suyash Trivedi, Shaad Ali and Siva Ananth), which infuses the right amount of emotions and humour in this fascinating biography.

It is also to Shaad Ali’s credit that he brings together a bunch of competent performers in this film. Diljit Dosanjh is simply fantastic as he gents into the skin of Sandeep Singh’s character with near perfection. Dosanjh has evidently worked really hard to get into Singh’s big shoes, and in what could be one of the best performances this year, Dosanjh becomes Sandeep Singh.

His vulnerability, his helplessness, his triumph and his passion, everything is captured so beautifully by Dosanjh, so well hat you get totally involved in Singh’s life as if you are part of his immediate family. The other performances that stand out are of Vijay Raaz and Angad Bedi.

Raaz, as Sandeep’s irreverent, supportive coach and Bedi as his doting brother are very good. Though Bedi looks too old to play the role, he compensates with his earnest performance. Taapsee Pannu suits the part very well and does a good job. Both Bedi and Dosanjh’s hard work shows as they appear like pros in the hockey field.

Shaad’s consistent approach to stay true to the story disappointingly slips a bit in the climax, when he falls for the cliched idea of Hindi film climax.

Music in the film is worth writing home about. Music scored by Shankar Ehsaan Loy and lyrics written by Gulzar, stays true to Sandeep Singh’s roots and it is a treat to the ears.

This film is a must watch for it inspires you to fight against all odds, and of course for Dosanjh’s performance.

Rating: ****

Director: Shaad Ali

Cast: Diljit Dosanjh, Taapsee Pannu, Angad Bedi, Siddharth Shukla, Danish Husain

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Shubha Shetty

Shubha Shetty is the Entertainment Editor (print and digital) at Dainik Bhaskar Group.