By- Sayyed Sakeena
‘Sardar ka Grandson ‘ released on 18th May on Netflix starring Arjun Kapoor, Rakul Preet Singh and Neena Gupta is a fun and delightful watch.
A simple dramedy film with a lighthearted story without any high voltage drama involved, it portrays Amreek (Arjun Kapoor) willing to fulfill his grandmother’s(Neena Gupta) wish before she takes her last breathe .The grandmother wishes to see her house built by herself and her spouse in Lahore before the partition took place. Can the grandson fulfill her dream with the idea of ‘structural relocation’ ?
The movie highlights the emotional connect and attachment which people develop with things.The story runs deep between the two countries, showing how the Indo-Pak partition has affected people and their lives.
The story line is light but has a phenomenal potential due to the very own emotional connect which the audience too could feel because of the commendable role played by Aditi Rao Hydari and John Abraham ,who have put life to the whole movie with their great acting skills. Neena Gupta justified her role,playing ‘Sardar’. With a glint in her eye, She lends her character a certain mischievous air and pulls the film up especially in portions where the story drags. Rakul Preet Singh too manages to satisfy her character as she is in a supporting role. However, Arjun Kapoor fails to justify his acting as far as emotional scenes go although his efforts are visible.
The movie has such a deep, sensitive story which is shot and portrayed too simply. For the most part things get sorted out too quick and effortlessly for Amreek whereas , its totally the other way round for nations like India and Pakistan making the story look fake. For instance, scenes where the official work gets done in just a jiffy seems unrealistic unlike other movies such as ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ where the immense tension between the countries is depicted ably. Also, the comedy depicted in the movie doesn’t tickle one’s funny bone.
More than the script and dialogues, the background score makes an emotional connect with the audience and tells them what to feel exactly. The movie has some heartfelt moments portrayed effectively by the duo Aditi and John which is just like a cherry on the cake. Kudos to their acting!
The plot is very much predictable with not much suspense and surprises .The dialogue by Radha (played by Rakul Preet Singh) at the outset of the movie “You only know how to break things, Amreek .You just never fix them” , sums up the whole story. But the film definitely makes for a one time watch.
Rating – 2.5 stars