Mid-day – One way to look at this inherently inspirational film on Indian hockey’s ‘drag-flick’ wizard, captain Sandeep Singh, is to inevitably compare it to the cricketing hero Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s biopic (2016).

Summary

  • One way to look at this inherently inspirational film on Indian hockey’s ‘drag-flick’ wizard, captain Sandeep Singh, is to inevitably compare it to the cricketing hero Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s biopic (2016).
  • And, much like Ranchi’s Mahi, loved for his inexplicable ‘helicopter shot’, ‘Flicker Singh’ from Shahabad in Haryana took naturally to the game, like fish to water—coaching and technique thereafter only honing his intrinsic talent/craft, chiefly with dragging the hockey ball on the rough surface first (synthetic turf later), and flicking it with intense force towards the goal post.
  • And while everyone knows all there’s to know about MSD, I’m not sure how many non sports fans have even heard of Sandeep Singh, which makes his deeply compelling story, from only about a decade ago, smartly compressed into 130 minutes, as much an eye-opener, as uniformly engaging.
  • In the middle of this khet/dusty field is Diljit Singh Dosanjh as Sandeep Singh—oddly enough the first Sardar super-star in Bollywood, which has otherwise been dominated by first/second/third generation Punjabis for decades.
  • With Soorma, Ali confidently gets to the centre, keeps his impulses under check, and plays it totally narrow, and fully straight.


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