Director: Shaad Ali
Starring: Diljit Dosanjh, Taapsee Pannu, Angad Bedi, Vijay Raaz, Satish Kaushik
Story and Screenplay: Shaad Ali, Siva Ananth and Suyash Trivedi
Sony Pictures Network and CS Films’ SOORMA is an emotional, heartbreaking and an inspiring film. It is based on the biopic of former Indian Hockey captain Sandeep Singh. The film is good but it lacks a punch. It is a film which has a lot of potential to make audiences feel emotional and motivate them but it lacks in harnessing the potential that the film has. The story is around Shahbad, Haryana, where Sandeep Singh (Diljit Dosanjh) and his family live. As a kid he hated Hockey because of a very strict and arrogant coach but after nine years he starts liking a girl named Harpreet (Taapsee Pannu) who is being coached by the same old arrogant coach Kartar Singh (Danish Hussain) and has dreams of playing Hockey for Indian team, so Sandeep joins Hockey largely to impress her and he even wants to play for India so that he could marry her. Mentored by his elder brother Bikram (Angad Bedi) Sandeep’s effort earn him a place in Indian Hockey Team and his signature move Drag Flick earns him the name Flicker Singh after he becomes the highest goal scorer in his debut international tournament. After that while leaving his town to join the Indian team for the World Cup he meets with an accident during the train journey, doctors declared his career is over as he is paralyzed from waist down. But with will power and proper medical treatment he got himself out of the wheel chair and joins Indian Hockey Team as Captain. For most of the first half the film looked very ordinary but the second half is very nice.
Technically the film is good, Cinematography by Chirantan Das is top notch and Editing by Farooq Hundekar is nice. The film has some good dialogues and music by the trio Shankar- Ehsaan- Loy is good; it takes the film ahead, especially the song SOORMA.
Performances wise Diljit Dosanjh is brilliant; from his body language to facial language everything is just fantastic. He is one actor to look out for from the current generation in the film industry. Taapsee Pannu is impressive yet again. Vijay Raaz is great as the coach of Indian Hockey Team, he has the best dialogues in the film but the way he says makes it more hilarious. Angad Bedi and Satish kaushik as the father of Bikram and Sandeep are also very good.
Director Shaad Ali recounts the journey of Sandeep Singh’s story well; he makes the 131 minute story engaging by in the second half. The first half could have been more engaging. He uses all the key elements of the story very well but could not mange to make the film more emotional and motivating.