Sardar Udham

Sardar Udham ★★★★

To be frank, most of you won't like it owing to its slow pace and non-linear storytelling. You might complain how it lacks drama and how it had no emotional connect. Runtime of 162 minutes might feel forever for you.

But to hell with each of your criticism, what an experience! I started watching it at 3am and I was stunned by the filmmaking when it ended. Sardar Udham (2021) is aesthetically dazzling and technically remarkable. Hindi film industry rarely gets production design right but this one has hit the bull's eye in this department. One might not like the snappy editing, but for me it was a treat. Use of British actors who don't speak Hindi with fake accent and instead stick to English was such a delightful surprise (although it almost makes it an English film but I am so fine with it). Vicky Kaushal is in role of his career.

Realistic portrayal of Jallianwala Bagh was such a tough watch that I had to fast forward it many times. In fact, the whole movie is a detailed account of the cruelty British Raj inflicted on us.

No over-the-top dialogues, no display of jingoism, no adrenaline rush moments and no dramatized sequences, but still Shoojit Sircar has done it - and has done it in style. He is back with the best Bollywood movie of 2021. Watch it because good movies are rare commodity in this industry.

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