CAST & CREW
Directors, Pawan Kumar Singh, and Jitendra Tiwari spin out a riveting movie giving the audience a gripping tale of political drama.
Plot: The story revolves around a Muslim girl, Zainab ( Suha Gezen) and a Hindu boy, Raghu ( Anirudh Dave) who develop a pure friendship. The fact that the boy is a Hindu and the girl, a Muslim is a grave issue in itself to give rise to all kinds of societal and political unrest. The state of Uttar Pradesh provides the backdrop for the movie, where politicians and their politics are the order of the day. The friendship between Raghu and Zainab is not allowed to prosper because it will surely give birth to communal violence between the Hindus, who consider India to be theirs and the Muslims, who are equally adamant to show that the motherland is theirs too.
As the friendship between the two continues, the Hindus as well as the Muslims both react and there is political uproar and scenes of communal violence Jimmy Shergill and Ashutosh Rana are perfect politicians in the plot who are knee deep in the game of politics and are set to win by tooth or nail. Set in Muzzafarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, the plot shows a slight link to the 2013 Muzzafarnagar riots which made newspaper headlines. What twists and turns do the political drama take and whether Raghu and Zainab can maintain the sanctity of their innocent friendship is what is in store for the audience.
Analysis: “ Shorgul” is realistic in nature as it brings to the forefront the political tactics or rather political games. The issue of communal violence which is still present even after so many years of independence is covered aptly in the movie by the directors. The dialogues are good and add impact to the script. A correct analysis of the movie would be that it will prove to be a good show for the people whose interests include political dramas of this sort.
Star Performances: Jimmy Shergill is a phenomenal actor. Though he does not have many Bollywood movies in his bag, nevertheless his skills as an artist speak for themselves. The two politicians in the movie, Jimmy Shergill, and Ashutosh Rana steal the show and have done commendable work.
What’s There: “Shorgul” throws light on the ground reality in India where the politics and societal pressures are more predominant than the faint cry of humanity. The backdrop of Uttar Pradesh provides scenic assistance to the script.
What’s Not There: The one major drawback in the movie is that it does not have a strong star cast. The performances by the actors are laudable, but a story needs to have big Bollywood names to attract an audience, which “Shorgul” lacks. The script is realistic but at certain points might tend to hurt sentiments of certain groups.
Verdict: “Shorgul” is a good script with good actors but it cannot be termed as a “must-watch” for all categories of audience. If one’s cup of tea is political dramas, then one must go for it. The movie brings out the question of democracy or communal violence, and that is the best part about it.
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