After juggling with various genres, the khiladi of Bollywood is back with a war drama, a story never told before and a lesson that has never been covered in the history subject, the Battle of Sarrahgarhi that took place in 1897 fought between the 21 soldiers of 36 Sikh Regiment and 10,000 Afghani invaders in the North west frontier of India. This is termed as the 2nd bravest battle ever fought in the world history.
The locations captured and the cinematography plus a captivating story telling and direction by Anurag Singh coupled with action choregraphy and performances by the supporting cast stands out in this flick. Parineeti Chopra has a lesser screen presence but she’s good in that role. Akshay Kumar is the soul of the film and he delivers a bravo act. It will add another feather in his cap.
Some of the scenes are praiseworthy, watch out when Akshay plays the dhol soon after intermission, when he kills the mullah, when the young sardar comes with fire on his body. The dialogues are sharp and the background score is apt to the proceedings. Music does not have a major part to play but the ones that goes in the background support the narration. The first half builds the characters but some may feel the pace is slow but the second half compensates the same.
In nutshell, releasing on the festive period of Holi, Dharma Productions delivers a story to be seen on the 70mm canvas and Akshay’s first film of the year is a holi gift for his lovers. He is there to entertain in varied roles and genres and kudos to him for his versatility and choice of films.