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Sardar ka Grandson – movie review

Nostalgia can be dangerous


Sardar Ka Grandson 2021 movie review

The latest hindi movie trending on Netflix is Sardar ka Grandson. Don’t be fooled by the title of this movie as the Sardar in this movie played by John Abraham is long dead, it is his Sardarni first played by Aditi Rao Hydari and later by an old hag and hamming Neena Gupta who is the real Sardar – Sardar Kaur.

Nostalgia can be dangerous as it can be our death wish. That is exactly what the film is about. A dying woman’s wish to see her house in ‘where the eagles dare’ Pakistan. A Grandson who wants to fulfill this death wish by all means fair or foul.

This movie seems to be a tribute to the Home movers of the world. I mean literally, well that’s the grandson’s great grand plan, because if dadi can’t go to Pak, because she once pulled the dadhi and broke a bottle on the head of a Pakistani official in a cricket match, but the house can come to her. The same Paki guy now with a shorter beard (this was the only covert funny moment) miraculously turns out to be the Mayor of the place where Dadi once lived and won’t allow the grandkid take the house away.

Weak script and a weaker screenplay. Even the funny scenes do not evoke any laughter nor the emotional ones any feelings. It was good to see Kanwaljeet and Soni Razdaan after a long time on screen but they are utterly wasted, Kanwaljeet even had a question mark hanging over his head all throughout.

The dadi and gson play some real dirty tricks on each other, she is even said to have thrown the gson off the table as a kid thus his bird brain, this fact is reminded at regular intervals. Arjun Kapoor acts like an overgrown kid. What was Rakul doing in the movie. It’s a mystery. Why was this film made….I dunno huh?

Ah I got it, the home movers association, who move actual homes like cabins and bungalows from one place to another in western countries specially America must have cried on the shoulders of the director saying they are going out of business, please save us or we will perish. This must have been his inspiration to show how it is done and also it is possible to get your homes back from Pak and now they will all be back in business as it was last heard that Ranbir Kapoor and Saira Banu lined up outside Pak embassy and frantically calling the house movers to get Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar aka Yusuf Khan’s ancestral homes back from Pakistan as the same nostalgia hit them too.

My God it is turning into a pandemic now there are reports that instead of cross border terrorism there is cross border truckism with trucks lined up on both sides loaded with refugees’ houses Someone is making money in Corona kaal. What dhamaal … banal. This is exactly what one feels… banal, after seeing this movie. If Son of Sadar was bad, their grandson turned out even worse. Last heard even Rotten Tomatoes refused rating it. A must avoidable, tried to be cute little movie.
(Running time – 140 minutes)

– Review by PAWAN GUPTA

Cast of Sardar Ka Grandson:
Arjun Kapoor as Amreek Singh
Rakul Preet Singh as Radha
Neena Gupta as Sardar Kaur
John Abraham in a Cameo appearance as Gursher Singh
Aditi Rao Hydari in a Cameo appearance as Young Sardar Kaur
Kanwaljit Singh as Gurkeerat Singh (Amreek’s father)
Soni Razdan as Simi Kaur (Amreek’s mother)
Kumud Mishra as Saqlain Niazi (Lahore city Mayor)
Divya Seth as Honey
Mahika Patiyal as Pinky Kaur (Amreek’s sister)
Masood Akhtar as Khan Sahab

Credits of Sardar Ka Grandson:
Production companies – T-Series, Emmay Entertainment, JA Entertainment
Directed by Kaashvie Nair
Produced by Bhushan Kumar, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani, Nikkhil Advani, John Abraham
Written by Anuja Chauhan, Kaashvie Nair
Dialogues – Amitosh Nagpal
Music Score – Gulraj Singh
Songs – Tanishk Bagchi
Cinematography – Mahendra J Shetty
Edited by Maahir Zaveri