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Posted at: Nov 3, 2017, 5:13 PM; last updated: Nov 3, 2017, 5:13 PM (IST)MOVIE REVIEW: SARDAR MOHAMMAD

Pain of Partition, well captured

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Movie: Sardar Mohammad

  • Cast: Tarsem Jassar, Sardar Sohi, Neeta Mahindra, Rahul Jungral, Karamjit Anmol, Rana Jung Bahadur
  • Director: Harry Bhatti
Pain of Partition, well captured
A still from Sardar Mohammad

Jasmine Singh

Jack of all trades could ultimately land with a master of none tag. Punjabi singer-actor Tarsem Jassar is, however, set to out to prove that not only can he take up many tasks together, he can execute them equally well too.

This week’s Punjabi release Sardar Mohammad is written by Tarssem Jassar. He has also written the screenplay and dialogues and has handled every department with a perfect 10.

A story based on a real character, Sardar Mohammad brings out the pain of families and children displaced during Partition. Director Harry Bhatti has executed the story beautifully without going overboard or underplaying it. Though at some places, we can see a dip in the pace but this does not disturb the flow of the story, not even for a minute.

Sardar Mohammad is a story based on a real person, a fact that the director has kept in mind throughout the film, and which shows in how sensitively and maturely he has dealt with it. The characterisation in the film is well-defined and so is the editing, crisp without any loose ends.

 Since the film is an emotional journey of a man who sets out to discover his identity, one is pleasantly surprised to find comedy in the film, and that too handled gracefully. The first half of the film is slightly stretched as we expect the identity crisis to unravel soon.

The real strength of the film is the story and the artistes. Neeta Mahindra and Sardar Sohi justify their roles, like these were cut out especially for them. It is a pleasant sight to see Neeta Mahindra play a god-fearing duty-bound Punjabi mother, who doesn’t show even an iota of unwanted melodrama. Rahul Jungral is yet another artiste with a bang-on comic timing. But when it comes to comic timing, who is better than Karamjit Anmol? The artiste plays the character of a chairman.

And finally comes the one-man army, Tarsem Jassar, who has already showed his acting skills in Rabb Da Radio. In Sardar Mohammad, Tarsem takes his acting to another level. The artiste has a strong hold on expressions, especially the emotional ones. And he is equally good with screenplay and dialogue writing. The climax scene of the film is soul stirring, it is riding high on emotions expressed without any spoken words.

The songs in the film are well placed and as per the theme of the film. Yet another interesting thing of the film is that it doesn’t have a forced romantic angle. With a sensitive story and an equally sensitive direction, heartfelt performances by the artistes, Sardar Mohammad is a must watch.

jasmine@tribunemail.com

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