Slaps: Huge doses of melodrama that dilutes the impact of the film
What's New: A true tale of a sister's endless fight for justice
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Plot: The film opens with a distraught Dalbir Kaur (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) in search of her 'Veerey' Sarbjit Singh (Randeep Hooda) after he fails to return home one night. Few scenes later it is revealed that her brother had strayed across the other side of border after getting drunk. Meanwhile there in the Pakistani jail, Sarbjit is tortured and forced to confess that he is a terrorist bomber. He is given a death sentence.
Back home, this news comes as a dagger to Sarbjit's family. However Dalbir, a fearless 'Sikhni' resolves to bring her 'innocent' brother back home. Sarbjit's wife Sukhpreet (Richa Chadha) and his two daughters Poonam and Swapan too join her in this mission.
The rest of the film revolves around Dalbir's two decade struggle to liberate her brother from the Pakistani prison who later met with an unfortunate end.
Performances: Randeep Hooda. That man is the shining star of the film. His portrayal of Sarbjit will give you goosebumps and make you weep. He glides from one emotion to another so seamlessly that you just can't help but marvel! His torture- scenes make you flinch in discomfort. It's not just the physical transformation or his battered body! Randeep delivers one of his career best performance and that for me is the winning streak in the film.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Dalbir Kaur puts up a sincere act. But unfortunately the lady can't help herself from hamming in a couple of scenes that kind of puts you off. However her scenes with Randeep will leave you drenched in emotions!
Richa Chadha as Sukhpreet Kaur lets her silence do all the talking. She doesn't get to mouth many dialogues but still leaves a long-lasting impact on the audience.
Darshan Kumar too lends a good support to the film.
Direction: After 'Mary Kom' it's yet another biopic for Omung Kumar. This time he chose a story of an innocent man who succumbed to the political tensions between two countries. Sounds too emotional, doesn't it? But in this entire process one wished that Omung had resisted the temptation of following the usual Bollywood palette! In order to make it commercially more viable he tones down the realistic touch that could have made 'Sarbjit' more effective.
The narrative of the first half is disjointed as you struggle to put the pieces together to enter the world of 'Sarbjit' only to be disturbed by the frequent shots of melodrama. Post interval you see a smooth transition in the story-telling until the end. However the editing scissors could have been a little more sharper here.
Except for 'Salamat' none of the songs stay with you post the film.
Combo-on-offer: Emotions+ Drama
Verdict: We give 'Sarbjit' CLAPS for Randeep Hooda's heart-wrenching act that lingers with you for a long time!