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Sarbjit Movie Review

Sarbjit Movie Review

Total Reviews - 13
Average Rating - 4.7/10
Yes - 4
No - 6
Neutral - 3

Critic Reviews Sarbjit

  • Gulf News | Review By -Manjusha Radhakrishnan Rating-5/10
Sarbjit would have benefitted greatly had it been a no-frills affair rather than making it a mainstream movie filled with commercial elements. The good news is that Sarbjit — which deals with the tenuous relationship and long-enduring tensions between India and Pakistan — isn’t reduced to a jingoistic exercise. It’s laudable, but Sarbjit feels too contrived and never becomes powerfully evocative.
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  • News 18 | Review By -Rajeev Masand Rating-6/10
Structurally too, the script is flawed, with flashbacks and song sequences routinely breaking an occasionally compelling narrative. In many ways Sarbjit feels half-baked and wanting. But the performances – particularly Randeep Hooda's – keeps you invested in what's on the screen. It's not a perfect film, but there is enough to appreciate here. I'm going with a generous three out of five.
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  • Times Of India | Review By -Srijana Mitra Das Rating-7/10
The direction depicts a human being and a human truth - individuals often face prisons of politics where the innocent can be shackled in darkness. Sarbjit breaks your heart - but in contrast to India-Pak fantasies like 'Gadar', it bears no blame. It makes you cherish your loved ones - and appreciate others too. Sarbjit makes a point. Humans come and go. Humanity survives.
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  • Bollywood Hungama | Review By -Hungama Network Rating-7/10
On the whole, SARBJIT is a landmark film with great performances and a superbly told narrative. The entertainment quotient is missing which is compensated by the phenomenal manner in which the story is told. At the box office, it will be appreciated by matured audience.
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  • Koimoi | Review By -Surabhi Redkar Rating-4/10
A contrived plot and over the top performance by Aish makes this movie a lengthy affair. For not doing justice to the actual Sarabjit issue, I’d say this film is passable. The film fails to establish Sarabjit’s character in depth. Sarbjit fails to rise above its commercial nature to actually hit you in the gut with its real story. I am going with a 2/5 for the film.
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  • Rediff | Review By -Raja Sen Rating-3/10
Sarbjit is an irresponsibly sloppy film, a film so focused on artless emotional manipulation and trying to make the audience weep, that it trivialises an important true-life story. This, however, is just my opinion. I’m sure Mr Kumar can write his own review, and quote himself on the poster.
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  • Indian Express | Review By -Shubhra Gupta Rating-3/10
A real-life tale which is inherently so full of drama and heart-break has no need to be artificially revved up. But mainstream Bollywood doesn’t know any other way to do things. ‘Sarabjit’ should have been called ‘Dalbir’, because it is Aishwarya doing all the heavy-lifting, to distressing little impact.
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  • DNA | Review By -Sarita Tanwar Rating-5/10
The director's handling of the subject is erratic and amateurish, almost seeming that he is confused on how to position a film like this. At times, he makes it stark real. At other times, there is a deliberate effort to pump up the melodrama. If you want to know about Sarabjit, google it for free. You'll know more than what the film has to offer.
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  • NDTV | Review By -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-4/10
Omung Kumar's Sarbjit is a film trapped in no man's land. Based on a newsy real-life story, it takes cavalier liberties with reality. The result is a disappointment of monumental proportions. Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan is woefully miscast as the dogged sister of the titular character. But, then, what do you expect from a director who roped in Priyanka Chopra to play Manipuri pugilist Mary Kom on the big screen and got away with it?
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  • Masala | Review By -Lokesh Dharmani Rating-5/10
The biggest problem of Sarbjit lies in its telling. It seems that the scenes are written, not to tell the tragedy, but to unnecessarily evoke emotions and squeeze every tear out of its viewers. The screenplay of the film is so disjointed that it seemed like a jigsaw puzzle more than a film. The story is sad. The treatment is bad. It is long and loopy and manipulative but it hurts more because it is based on a true story.
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  • Mid Day | Review By -Shubha Shetty Saha Rating-6/10
With a story so touching and a performance this brilliant, the director had half his battle won. He has more or less managed to pull it off too, but it definitely could have been better if there was more emotional depth and steadfast sincerity towards the plot, instead of taking it through the usual filmi melodramatic route once in a while.
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  • India Today | Review By -Suhani Singh Rating-3/10
Filmmaker Omung Kumar hasn't just dropped a vowel from the unlucky hero's name for his film based on Sarabjit Singh, who Pakistan alleged was an Indian spy responsible for carrying out bomb blasts in its territory, but he has also made the reel story a mawkish, screechy mess. The blame lies largely in the script which doesn't leave much for its actors to do other than excessively cry or scream or otherwise sit sulking.
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  • Hindustan Times | Review By -Sweta Kaushal Rating-3/10
It’s a tough movie to get right, and Oomung should be lauded for choosing the story and for picking a star to get the story out to wider audience (like he did with Mary Kom). But, Oomung fails to deliver a moving, poignant film and instead leaves us with a load of melodrama.
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Randeep Hooda, Richa Chadha, Darshan Kumaar, Ankita Shrivastav, Shiwani Saini, Ankur Bhatia, Charanpreet Singh, Ram Murti Sharma
Omung Kumar
Rajesh Beri
Rajesh Beri, Utkarshini Vashishtha
Utkarshini Vashishtha
Kiran Deohans
Amal Mallik, Jeet Gannguli, Pritesh Mehta, Shail Hada, Shashi Suman, Shivam Pathak, Tanishk Bagchi
produced by: 
Bhushan Kumar, Deepshika Deshmukh, Jacky Bhagnani, Krishan Kumar, Omung Kumar, Sandeep Singh, Vashu Bhagnani
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131 minutes
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Plot Synopsis
'Sarbjit', is based on Sarabjit Singh’s life, an Indian farmer who was caught by the Pakistani officials and convicted for being a spy and conspiring terrorism. Sarabjit was sentenced to death, and was later slain when held in captivity at Lahore jail in April 2013