Sardar Ka Grandson: Film actor Rishi Kapoor had a wish to visit his ancestral mansion which is now in Pakistan, but it never got fulfilled. This desire was in the hearts of many people, whose childhood was spent in those streets and towns, which became part of Pakistan in the post-independence partition and they were forced to come to India.
Sardar Ka Grandson: Movie Review
Sardar (Neena Gupta) of the film ‘Sardar Ka Grandson‘ has come of age. The disease has become such that the doctors have said that he does not have much time. Sardar, who lives in Amritsar, tells her grandson Amrik Singh (Arjun Kapoor), who is doing business in America, that she wishes that before she dies, she wants to go to her house in Lahore, which was built by her husband Gursher Singh (John Abraham). Gursher Singh was killed in the riots immediately after the Partition and Sardar fled to Amritsar with his son. Now his son (Kanwaljit Singh) has a big cycle business.
Amrik loves his grandmother very much. When he feels it is difficult to take Grandmother to Pakistan, he decides to go there and bring her home to India. In today’s era it is not difficult to shift houses, trees from one place to another. This task is not easy for the American because he has to shift the house from one country to another. Can he fulfill his grandmother’s last wish? How will he do this? This is the gist of the story.
It is hard to believe the story written by him, but there is no denying that it is not possible. Yes, there are many difficulties in doing this and these difficulties are not visible in the film. This makes the story illogical at times. Logic seems to be leaving. Although the story has been dressed up with a sense of humor, but at times, the film gets too filmy leaving the track. For example, when American reaches Pakistan and sees that his ancestral mansion is being demolished, the way he creates ruckus there is ridiculous. Though an attempt has been made to do comedy, the sequence is not so entertaining that the audience forgets everything.
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There is something new in the story, but it is a one liner. A few more episodes have been added to elaborate, such as Amrik and Radha’s (Rakul Preet Singh) breakup, Amrik’s fight with his half-brothers over his grandmother’s cycle company, the Lahore Mayor’s anger with Amrik’s grandmother. Incredible episodes, but they don’t help to advance the story, nor are they entertaining. Looks like half-baked, half-baked. Especially the breakup portion of Amrik-Radha is not easy to see. It is only when Amrik comes to Amritsar that the film gets some life. The involvement of the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan in the house shifting case and the matter becoming international has been dealt with in a hurry.
Kashvi Nair has directed the film. He has presented the drama immersed in the syrup of comedy and emotional rather than logic. He might have been expecting the audience to get carried away in the stream of emotion and not get entangled in the debate on how to bring the house from Pakistan to India, but he could not shed the same stream of emotion have The film is good in the last 30 minutes when the emotions come out, but it is not visible throughout the film. Although some scenes in between are good, but their number is less.
Arjun Kapoor takes time to sink into his character. His acting is poor in the opening scenes of the film, but after that he comes in color and his performance in this film has improved a bit. They should take care of the weight. In the age of fitness, his obesity pricks the eyes. Rakul Preet Singh did not have much to do, her role was not even written properly and neither she could impress with acting.
Sardar turned Neena Gupta’s acting is impressive. He has breathed life in many scenes. Her makeup is not done well. Kumud Mishra, Kanwaljeet, Soni Razdan have done justice to their characters. John Abraham and Aditi Rao Hydari have cameos and Aditi is remembered. The songs only increase the length of the film. The film needed tight editing and could have been shortened by at least 30 minutes.
The story of Sardar Ka Grandson is interesting, but that is not the point in the presentation.
Producer: Bhushan Kumar, Divya Kumar Khosla, Krishan Kumar, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani, Nikkhil Advani, John Abraham
Director : Kashvi Nair
- Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Rakul Preet Singh, Neena Gupta, Kanwaljit, Kumud Mishra, Soni Razdan,
- Guest Stars– John Abraham, Aditi Rao Hydari
- Available on Netflix
- Rating : 2.5/5