The story begins with the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. After which riots broke out all over the country, especially in Delhi, and Sikhs were selectively killed. Laughing till morning, busy with work, the locality is seen engulfed in flames within a few hours. Chaos reigns all the way. They were killed by entering the houses of the Sikh community, their houses, vehicles and shops were set on fire. When Jogi (Diljit) decides to save the people of his street in Trilokpuri from the fire of communal feelings. Backed by this is his friend Ravinder Chautala (Zeeshan Ayyub), a police officer… and Kaleem Ansari (Paresh Pahuja), both of whom put their jobs and lives at risk for their friendship. But he also has a fourth friend, Lali Katyal (Hiten Tejuani), who is determined to avenge his personal feud with Jogi and finds no better chance than the fire of riots. Lali along with local councilor Tejpal Arora (Kumud Mishra) create unfavorable circumstances. The story revolves around whether their friendship prevails in the heat of riots or in the fires of hatred.
Script and direction
The screenplay of the film is written by Sukhmani Sadana and Ali Abbas Zafar. The clarity and sensitivity required to show the events of 1984 are conveyed by the director very well. It’s an emotional story that spends time establishing its characters. But the heart of the story is the friendship… where the film slacks off a bit. The kind of emotional connection that should have been shown between the four friends does not come to the fore on screen. Diljit and Zeeshan Ayyub’s scenes still create some impact but Hiten Tejwani’s background seems to drag the story. The good thing though is that the characters around Jogi seem more human. Be it his supportive friend or Kumud Mishra as a selfish politician.
Ali Abbas Zafar has used close-up shots in various locations to add drama to the film. In one scene, Jogi takes off his pag (turban) and starts cutting his hair, and tears are continuously flowing from his eyes. The close-up of the scene makes the scene emotional. The technical side of the film is strong. The sound design, Marcin Laskawiec’s cinematography and Sameer Uddin’s heart-warming lyrics make the plot impressive.
Talking about acting, Diljit Dosanjh as always touches hearts with his acting. He always gets into the nuances of his character, which is very impressive on screen. Paresh Pahuja and Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub play their roles well as friends. Kumud Mishra gave a commendable performance as Tejpal Arora, you end up hating him as a result. Meanwhile, Hiten Tejwani plays the role of Inspector Lali Katyal, Tejpal’s right-hand man. Looking at Hiten’s performance in this film, one can say that he should get more negative roles.
Rating – 3 stars
Overall, ‘Jogi’ describes the spirit of finding hope even in the midst of heartbreaking tragedy. Despite some flaws in the writing… this story of humanity and friendship is sure to leave you emotional and impressed. You can watch the movie on Netflix. Jogi gets 3 stars from Filmbeat.
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