Title: Sardar Ka Grandson
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Rakul Preet Singh, Neena Gupta, John Abraham, Aditi Rao Hydari
Director: Kaashvie Nair
Streaming on: Netflix
Story: Amreek Singh (Arjun Kapoor) sets out on a mission to fulfil his grandmother’s last wish, which is to see her ancestral home in Lahore, Pakistan where she has made so many beautiful memories.
Performances: Arjun Kapoor is alright. He is there in almost every scene of the film and tried his level best to carry the film but he could have done lot better in certain emotional or dramatic moments. Neena Gupta is superb as the 90-year old grandmother. Rakul Preet Singh is neat and John Abraham and Aditi Rao Hydari are adorable in their cameos but their portions and characters lacked depth. Rest of the cast were appropriate and did well.
Technicalities: Camerawork is good but nothing outstanding to register in our minds. Music is good and all songs were situational and did not disturb the film. Editing could have been better and could have paced up the film a bit more. Production design deserves a mention for their work in the Pakistan portions in the film.
Analysis: The film started off on an ordinary note and picks up momentum after Amreek Singh sets out on his mission. From then on, the film is fairly engaging almost upto pre-climax. The entire proceedings revolving around the ancestral house in Lahore have been written neatly and executed in a convincing way. The drama and emotional depth is what this film misses out on. The emotional connect is there but not as strong as it needs to be in a film like this. We need to feel like rooting deeply for the protagonist and hope that he emerges successful but that kind of strong connect is missing in the writing itself. The climax too would have been touching if handled wisely but the director chose to make it too melodramatic which doesn’t work as expected and only helps in increasing the runtime. The momentum from midway of first half to pre-climax is loosened in the end. A good story could not rise to it’s full potential due to inconsistent writing and a not-very-strong emotional connect.
On a whole: Sardar Ka Grandson has a fresh idea and some good portions but is not entirely satisfying. It is watchable enough if you have some patience.