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Blind critic movie review of Sarabjit

June 3, 2016

A blind perspective:

Sarabjit is a dramatic biopic starring Randeep Hooda, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Richa Chadda and Darshan Kumar. The movie is about the life of Sarabjit Singh, a farmer from a village in Punjab located near the Indo-Pakistan border. One day, Sarabjit crosses the border unknowingly and gets arrested by the Pakistani army who mistake him for an Indian spy involved in bomb blasts in Pakistan. He is mistakenly identitied as Ranjit Singh who was actually behind the blasts and is put in jail. Sarabjit was attacked in a Pakistani jail on April 2013 and died in hospital.

The movie starts with Sarabjit's sister Dalbir Kaur (Aishwarya Rai), his wife Sukhpreet Singh (Richa Chadda) and his father 'Darji' looking for Sarabjit. Dalbir looks for her brother for a long time and finally gets a letter from Sarabjit. As she reads the letter, the audience gets a flashback into the life of Sarabjit and his relationship with his family. The audience is shown how he crosses the border accidentally and his arrest. Sarabjit is also tortured and forced to accept that he is Ranjit Singh. The Pakistan Supreme Court gives him the death sentence. The movie shows his mental and physical transformation during his jail term. Meanwhile, Dalbir and Sukhpreet struggle to prove the innocence of Sarabjit through protests and with the help of the Indian government. Awais Shaikh (Darshan Kumar), a Pakistani lawyer, supports Sarabjit's family when they come to Pakistan to meet Sarabjit. Shaikh also tries his level best to prove his innocence by searching for the real culprit. When the fight for Sarabjit's freedom becomes stronger he is attacked in jail.

The movie is narrated by his sister Dalbir and she is shown as fighting the most for her brother. Randeep's personality and way of speaking fits the role of Sarabjit. The movie reflects the poor political relations between Pakistan and India. As a blind audience, the musical background is enough to understand the emotions of the scene.

A sighted perspective:

Sarabjit is a biopic that tells us the life and death of Sarabjit Singh and his sister's struggle to release him from the Pakistani jail where he was unjustly imprisoned. My visually impaired friend could follow most of the movie without any visual description. Overall, the movie is a good watch and it also gives us a look into the hardships the families face when their relatives are imprisoned in the jails in countries across the border.

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