Felt this from the trailer!

You watch the trailer… it has a quirky story based on a man wanting to shift a big house from Pakistan but it sounds bizarre & impractical. It has John Abraham in a role but the lead is Arjun Kapoor. It looks like a light film, listed as a drama-comedy but can turn out to be silly like every other commercial Hindi film. It has the cliched characterisation of a Punjabi family with crazy people but not a love story, the focus is on a dying grandmother’s last wish.
This one depends on how you see films & stories… Some prefer to focus on the technicalities & logic, some on the emotions, the ideal is to have a balance of both.
Sardar Ka Grandson is one such film whose likeability depends on the type of audience watching it…

What’s good, what could have been

This is no Nolan film, logics are defied. Neena Gupta for a fact doesn’t look like a 90-year-old woman (looks more like in her 70s) neither does she talk like one. Although her performance is good to watch, leaving the age factor logic aside.
A clip that Arjun Kapoor shows the Pakistani government official to convince him changes later just to show a reversal of fortune & create difficulties (you can match the scenes & will say ‘tab nahi dikha tha woh dog’).
Daadi drinks desi daaru & turns fresh (just for humour), this daadi was dying btw, the whole film is ‘unke paas waqt nahi hai’ & then this scene at the climax.
The film does lack some attention to detail & has some avoidable humour which makes some scenes mediocre.
The positive which really helps or rather saves the film comes now…

A story within the story…

The partition story is the gem you should watch in this. With the crazy social media wars of silly youngster provoked by the politicians of today, we have forgotten the pain & sufferings of those who survived the partition & lost their everything in the riots. This is the soul of the film, Daadi going to the flashback is what you would wait for every time. Their love story is well crafted, given time & that one scene of John Abraham attacked by the violent rioters shall move you. Rarely films have highlighted this part of people’s lives so deep (of those who have migrated back in 1947). The last movie I saw having it was because it was Manto’s biopic, him being the best one to write such partition stories of inhumanities with shocking ends. That story is touching enough to bear Arjun Kapoor for the rest of the film!

The Performances!

The performances of most are good and act as a saviour. Neena Gupta, Kawaljeet, etc. are veterans and do it right making the scenes look natural. Rakul Preet does what is expected from her. Arjun Kapoor is bearable in this one, he’s given his best (though his potential is low & we know it!).
A special mention for Aditi Rao Hydari who surprises with an amazingly unexpected performance yet again post an impressive one in Ajeeb Dastans (not recommending the film though). Another impressive one by John Abraham, he looks & acts like a Sardar & you really won’t want him to die (also because then you have Arjun Kapoor left in the movie).

Promises kept in bits & pieces

Overall the film delivers some laughs & some tears too. Had a scope to improve but isn’t an absolute disappointment. The purpose defined is justified, the core emotion is good & the story does have a soul to touch the masses.
Would call it a decent film, can be watched since it’s on Netflix!

Verdict – 3 on 5***

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