Plot = The movie is a cinematic representation of the Battle Of Saragarhi, fought on September 12, 1897, where, 21 soldiers of the 36th Battalion of Sikh Regiment, namely, Havildar Ishar Singh, Naik Lal Singh, Lance Naik Chanda Singh, Sepoy Sundar Singh, Sepoy Ram Singh, Sepoy Uttar Singh, Sepoy Sahib Singh, Sepoy Hira Singh, Sepoy Daya Singh, Sepoy Jivan Singh, Sepoy Bhola Singh, Sepoy Narayan Singh, Sepoy Gurmukh Singh, Sepoy Jivan Singh, Sepoy Gurmukh Singh, Sepoy Ram Singh, Sepoy Bhagwan Singh, Sepoy Bhagwan Singh, Sepoy Buta Singh, Sepoy Jivan Singh and Sepoy Nand Singh, fought till their last breath, to deter more than 10,000 invaders of the Pashtun Orakzai tribesmen, for capturing their post and the nearby forts.
Here, the character of Havildar Ishar Singh is been played by actor Akshay Kumar.
Opinion = Jeet to tabhi gaye the jab ladne ka faisla kiya tha, baaki to marna – maarna hi hai, chalta rahega – This dialogue projects the courage and determination of all the 21 Soldiers, who knew that the mission at hand, is impossible to accomplish.
Still, they relied on their instincts, gut feeling and their love for their nation, which encouraged them to accept death with courage and immense pride.
Representing a historic event on a 70 MM screen is a mammoth of a task, if done with due diligence.
The Battle Of Saragarhi is extremely popular and revered, especially in the Sikh Community. The makers knew that the audience will already be aware about the climax or the final outcome of the proceedings, still, making an engaging, entertaining and eye-watering movie, with such a predictable plot line, is a commendable effort.
There were many instances which brought tears to my eyes and at some occasions, I literally cried profusely.
I will give full marks for the emotional quotient and connect of the movie.
For the first 20 minutes of the runtime, the plot takes time to settle in your nerves, but after that, you don’t get a chance to even check your phone, till the last scene.
Especially, the sequence just before the interval, places the narrative on a superior pedestal and is bound to give you goose bumps.
In short, the movie has its mind and its heart, at the right place.
Every INDIAN, residing anywhere on this planet, must watch this flick, and should be proud of the Sikh Regiment !!!
Performances = Its out-and-out an Akshay Kumar Show. He looks so convincing in his portrayal of a Sikh Character that it is hard to believe that he does not belong to the community, in real life. There are moments where Akshay has shined with his performance and has raised his graph of acting, to a much superior and respected level. It’s a performance of a lifetime, for Akshay.
Actress Parineeti Chopra just had a cameo appearance, but still, she was successful in creating a lasting impact.
Actress Toranj Kayvon, as Gulwarein, will steal your heart, with her brief appearance on screen.
Actor Mir Sarwar, as Khan Masood, also gave a praise- worthy performance.
The supporting cast did a lot of hard work, and made the movie work in favor of the audience.
Direction & Other Technical Aspects = Writer – Director Anurag Singh, has made some movies in the Punjabi Movie Industry. So, I haven’t watched any of his previous works yet, still, the way he has directed and setup this movie, is highly commendable.
Anurag has sticked to the main plot, without meandering anywhere else.
Technically, if we consider the Action Sequences, the Background Score, the VFX and the Cinematography, everything is top notch and is been used in the right proportion.
Rowdy Rating = 4 / 5