After his splendid biopic on Mary Kom, Director, Omung Kumar shifted his focus to a rather heart-wrenching story. The story of an Indian farmer – Sarabjit, who, swayed under the influence of alcohol, made an unconscious move and happened to cross over the border into Pakistan, back in 1990. There on he was under custody of the Pakistani forces and was charged of trespassing international borders as a spy. He was also accused of terrorism and was locked behind bars for 23 years.
The film emphasizes on the journey of Sarabjit's sister – Dalbir Kaur's undying spirit and determination to bring justice to her innocent brother. Many believe the accusations imposed on Sarbjit and many believe he was framed. It isn't easy to tell what the truth is. However, the film follows every aspect of Sarabjit's life as narrated by his sister. Dalbir says, with no hesitation that the only mistake Sarabjit ever made was to have strayed over the border unintentionally while he was drunk, all the other indictments have no truth in them. It's the story of a sister who sacrificed all that she had to prove her innocent brother right, the story of a once content farmer who lost all that he had and was deserted behind iron rods on an unknown land for no conscious fault of his.
From what we see in the film, Sarabjit confessed that he was a terrorist bomber only because he was tortured and penalized to an unbearable extent. Even living seemed like a punishment. Irrespective of what he confesses under desperation, Dalbir believes in her brother's virtuousness and sets out on a campaign to clear his name.
Randeep Hooda and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan play the title roles – Sarbjit and Dalbir, respectively. Richa Chadda plays the supporting role as Sarbjit's wife. All three of them have done a brilliant job and have done full justice to their characters. Most of Randeep's scenes are of him in jail where he looks frail, haggard and helpless, full of anguish and misery, anger and pain. He has managed to dive deep into Sarbjit's conditions and has physically brought out all those throbbing emotions. Aishwarya on the other hand has impersonated Dalbir to the fullest and has managed to bring out all her love, care, plight and turmoil. The campaign under taken by Aishwarya as Dalbir for her brother, is not just to show us what obstacles this one family went through, it's for all those millions of innocent men who were wrongly accused and barred from civilization and their families only because of the unstable political relations between two nations. The entire film keeps you hooked on and curious as to what is to happen next. The direction, dialogues and screenplay are commendable. Sarbjit is unnerving and an eye – opener to certain harsh realities.
To narrate a 23 year old long story in just about 2 hours is not a cake walk. It takes a strong vision and structure, which Omung Kumar has very efficiently displayed. The film lacked a logical sequence in the first half, with song and dance sequences (Bollywood necessities) during flashbacks, which managed to break the flow. However, that’s a flaw that can be neglected owing to the overall, fabulous output of the film. The music offered by Amaal Mallik, Jeet Ganguly is beautiful and adds essence to certain scenes depicting parts of Sarbjit's life.
On the whole the film is a complete package and will touch your heart for sure. Yet again, Omung Kumar has given us his finest work in this film, and the entire team of Sarbjit definitely deserves a huge round of applause. Don't miss this one; it's worth all the time.