Movie Review – Sarfarosh

Posted: June 16, 2013 in Movie Reviews
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Sarfarosh was a pleasant surprise. I’ve loved Amir as a lover boy than Sharukh during the initial days. Though Amir has now chosen a different path and started to do meaningful roles the innocent charm that he exhibited during his initial days are missing. I could see more and more of his intelligence nowadays. I’m not complaining though.

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I’ve always had soft corner for Hindi films when compared to Tamil films. I would never have watched a film like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham in Tamil. One reason might be because of Shahrukh Khan who is so good at emotions. A much important fact when it comes to family sagas in Indian commercial cinema. These are movies which even though stupid doesn’t bore me out unlike those of Salman/Akshay films.

Sarfarosh is no way a movie like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Sarfarosh is a gem of a movie. Though I started watching it on a late Saturday night because of Jo Haal Dil Ka which has an extremely sexy Sonali Bendre grooving in the rain I was pleasantly surprised by the film. The opening scene itself gave me shatters. Entry of Amir Khan as ACP Ajay Singh Rathore is one of the most fabulous opening scenes I’ve ever seen. It’s highly heroic but doesn’t look like a cheesy one. It’s served its purpose just right.

Amir doesn’t look menacing at all. He is short. He has an innocent smile on his face always. He wears his pant high. He is with a big family which has an art emporium. He is loved by his mother, he is loved by his girl friend, he is loved by subordinates and he is loved by all. All throughout the movie we don’t see him in police uniform in even a single scene. Not even those white shirts, brown pants and brown shoes. Yet he gets registered in our mind as an ambitious police man. That’s how well first time director John Matthew Matthan has developed his character.

Like every police story he becomes a top official with purpose but again it doesn’t resemble every other movie in this genre. We don’t see him angry with vengeance all the time but it always lies at the back of his head. He carefully moves each and every coin so that he won’t deter.

Another interesting thing to note about this movie is its casting. The sidekicks are not stereo types. We could see careful research being done in each and every single character. Other than Naseeruddin Shah we don’t see any other actors acting. The stalwart of the supporting actors is Mukesh Rishi who plays Inspector Rishi. One of the most honest characters I’ve seen on screen. Every dialogue uttered by him was truly coming from his heart. One actor who has lived his role for the movie.

The director of the movie John Matthew Matthan in spite of getting an offer to direct a movie at 24 waited till 38 to make his first movie. He took 7 years to research for this movie. None of which seems to be a wasted effort. The effort he has put is evident on screen. Sarfarosh thus becomes one of the intelligent thrillers ever made in Bollywood.

The heroism which happens during his introduction doesn’t take him throughout the movie with the image. He gets beaten; the fights are realistic and importantly he is shown as a human which is a huge relief.  This movie proved that a policeman doesn’t necessarily need to be rugged and strong with serious face all the time. Even a youngster who has a childlike face with strength in his soul could pull off the role.

As soon as I finished watching Sarfarosh I asked my friend to start downloading Jo Jeetha wohi sikander for pehla nasha song and qayamat se qayamat tak for papa kehte he song. This film made me want to see more and more of young Amir.

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