Sarbjit Movie Critics Review
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s “Sarbjit” opened to positive response at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, but critics in India have given a mixed response. The biographical drama directed by Omung Kumar, features Aishwarya, Randeep Hooda and Richa Chadha in the lead roles. “Sarbjit” is based on the life of Indian farmer Sarabjit Singh, who was convicted of terrorism by a Pakistani court, and how his sister Dalbir Kaur fought relentlessly for her his release.
Randeep plays the titular role, Aishwarya plays the role of his sister Dalbir and Richa is featured as his wife. While the actors have given their best performances, the overdose of melodrama affects the movie in general, according to critics. The film is a must watch for the performances, especially Randeep, who steals the limelight.
Read below what critics have said about Aishwarya-Randeep starrer “Sarbjit.”
Bollywood Hungama critic said: “SARBJIT is a landmark film with great performances and a superbly told narrative. The entertainment quotient is missing which is compensated by the phenomenal manner in which the story is told.”
Amrita Tanna of BizAsia said: “There is a lot crammed into two hours and at some small points, some of the audience’s attention might be lost, but overall ‘Sarbjit’ is a indeed good watch and a must-see. Rai Bachchan and Hooda are truly gems to watch sharing screen space and the former has shown that she’s definitely back.”
Kaleem Aftab of the National said: “The film picks up momentum as the focus shifts to Kaur’s campaign, but becomes heavy-handed as it attempts to frame Singh’s plight in the context of Indo-Pakistan relations.”
Sreeju Sudhakaran of BollywoodLife.com said: “Sarbjit’s real tale makes for a compelling human drama, and we are glad that the makers chose to highlight his plight with this film. However, if they had reduced the melodrama in the way they narrate his story, the movie could have been more gripping.”
Manjusha Radhakrishnan of Gulf News said: “Sarbjit would have benefitted greatly had it been a no-frills affair rather than making it a mainstream movie filled with commercial elements.”
Taran Adarsh said: Watched #Sarbjit. A film that leaves you with myriad feelings… Shocked, stunned, saddened at the ordeal Sarbjit and his family underwent… Omung Kumar chooses a tough subject and narrates it most compellingly. Captures pain, pathos, emotions meticulously… #Sarbjit grabs your attention from start and never loses track. Intense episodes, emotional undercurrent, simmering rage are a big plus…
Aishwarya delivers a true to life, forceful performance, lending her character strength and dignity. Takes giant strides as an actor… Randeep Hooda portrays the emotions – affection, sorrow, angst, frustration, helplessness – remarkably. A towering act indeed… Richa Chadha is top notch. Darshan Kumar is pitch perfect. #Sarbjit shakes you up as it reaches the finale. Relevant, engaging and volatile!