This weekend saw two movie releases and I could not resist myself to watch both. Soorma was the one I chose to watch first. I have to say, I cannot count it as one of my better decisions. Soorma is the story of Sandeep Singh, ex-captain of the Indian National Hockey Team, and one of the best drag-flickers in the world. Pretty early in his career, he accidentally got shot in his spine two days before he was leaving for the world cup and was paralyzed from the waist down. But with his sheer determination and will, he not only started walking again but reinstated himself in the Indian National team. Sandeep Singh’s story is a real inspiration for a lot of people. But that inspiration cannot be found in this movie. Instead of showing the incredible journey of the Hockey sensation, this movie shows a boring Bollywood love story.
The movie starts with a 10-year-old Sandeep Singh who quit hockey because his coach was too strict, but as he grows up, he falls for a girl who is well on her way to being in the national hockey team. So, to impress her and her family, he starts playing hockey. Within a year he enters the national team. That is when he gets shot and we see the interval. The second half of the movie picks up a little with some emotional weight but very quickly reverts to the same unconvincing redemption and re-entry in the national team. Then the movie comes to an abrupt end without even giving a payoff to the very love story that was anchoring the story from the beginning.
The movie fails to realize the enormous potential that the story possessed. The lackluster direction of the film did not allow me to connect with the characters. So, whenever the struggle of any character was shown on screen, I was not able to empathize; or be happy when the characters seemed happy. The screenplay seemed a little rushed and it only focused on getting from one point to another without developing the characters and leaving them as one-note Bollywood clichés.
That being said the movie does have some saving graces, namely Diljit Dosanjh, Angad Bedi and Vijay Raj. Their performances in the film are brilliant. Diljit’s portrayal of our very own Flicker Singh was spot on. The sheer charisma that Diljit possesses was enough to make the movie bearable. The supporting cast did their job perfectly. The scenes with Diljit and Angad Bedi were some of the more believable and grounded moments that provided the movie some much needed emotional depth. Vijay Raj, who plays the role of the coach of Indian national hockey team, oozes swagger and delivers some of the best lines of the film. Tapsee Pannu is fine in her role as the love interest. She did not have much to do but for the time she was on screen, she was fabulous.
The music for the film is given by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, and as one would expect from them, the music is awesome. The Soorma title track is definitely going in my playlist along with the romantic track ‘Ishq Di Baajiyaan’. The background score is extremely well designed. It induced the audience with some adrenaline during the exciting scenes and also put weight and pain when the scenes required them.
Then again the film is completely betrayed by its screenplay and direction. So I would highly recommend you to skip this one, unless you are a huge fan of Diljit Dosanjh, if not watch Ant-man and the Wasp.
My score for Soorma is 5/10.
Also, check out the battle of the biopics at https://thephalangirist.com/sanju-vs-soorma-the-battle-of-biopics/