Sarbjit (2016)

Hindi Biography
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Total Reviews: 65
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Review Summary: Too much melodrama takes away from a powerful story. Sarbjit wastes a good story and a talented cast due to overcooked execution

Average Critic Rating: (2.44)
Cast: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan , Randeep Hooda , Richa Chaddha , Darshan Kumar , Shiwani Saini , Ankur Bhatia , Ankita Shrivastav , Charanpreet Singh
Director: Omung Kumar
Release Date: 20 May 2016
Est. Budget: 30.0 CR
Est. Box Office Collection: 25.0 CR

Plot: Sarabjit is based on Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who died in a Pakistani jail nearly a week after a brutal assault by other inmates Read more

Sarbjit - Top Reviews

In the wake of Sarbjit Singh's story and its relevance, all shortcomings of the movie become redundant. But end of the day, this is a commercial film and you can't discount the quality of cinema. On that count, Sarbjit is a definite letdown. Considering the subject matter, this movie should've been a lot better than it turns out.
Rachit Gupta, Filmfare
The film trails this story which is so painful, it's bizarre
Sonia Chopra, Sify
Aishwarya Rai shrieks, but Randeep Hooda soars in ‘Sarbjit’
Sneha May Francis, Emirates 24X7
Sarbjit is a brave attempt, but the treatment is so melodramatic and so shrill, you come away with a heavy aching head, instead of a heavy heart at the tragedy of the peoples from both sides of the border.
Manisha Lakhne, Now Running
Sarbjit might be heavy-handed storytelling but it has its heart in the right place
Anupama Chopra, Film Companion
Sarbjit'€™s story has been well-documented
Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express
I’m going with a generous three out of five
Rajeev Masand, Rajeev Masand
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
Raja Sen, REDIFF
A '90s Potboiler Masquerading As A Biopic
Suprateek Chatterjee, Huffington Post
Sarbjit is a brave attempt, but the treatment is so melodramatic and so shrill, you come away with a heavy aching head, instead of a heavy heart at the tragedy of the peoples from both sides of the border.
Manisha Lakhne, Nowrunning
Aishwarya’s efforts to look and sound the part show. But not in a way that helps the movie
Sukanya Verma, REDIFF
Sarbjit, a sister act which lacks impact
Khalid Mohamed, Spot Boye
Kumar's account is horribly one-sided, and heavily Bollywoodised to warrant our attention, or applause
Sneha May Francis, Emirates 24/7
Watch it only if you are an Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan fan no matter what.
It’s got its heart in the right place
Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times

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Sarbjit - All Reviews

Aishwarya-Randeep pump up the melodrama, but fail to keep you engrossed
Sarita A Tanwar, DNA India
Randeep Hooda is lovely; Aishwarya and the film are not
Anna MM Vetticad, First Post
A strong story that is made better by Randeep and Richa only to be pulled down by Aishwarya.
Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini
Based on the life of Sarabjit Singh, a farmer who was wrongfully convicted in Pakistan and died after a fatal assault inside jail, the movie Sarbjit focuses on his sister Dalbir Kaur’s fight against the system to prove his innocence.
And with Singh in jail for most of the film – on the periphery of the main story – the emotive Hooda is left to mostly look anguished and forlorn, where his default is frustration and anger
Kaleem Aftab, The National
The film is evenly paced with a few lengthy and unwarranted scenes but overall, Sarbjit Aitwal's story is worth a watch, as it touches the right emotional chord.
New Indian Express
This is not an effective or emotional film
Source, Sen City
'Sarbjit', works well as a theme based music with situational songs placed right through the narrative
Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Hungama
Sarbjit'€™s soundtrack is definitely not made for the charts, despite a cursory Bhangra number
Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life
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.
Lokesh Dharmani, Masala
Along with the script, the performances are the highlights of the film 'Sarbjit
Shekhar H Hooli, International Business Times
Randeep Hooda makes SARBJIT watchable!
Martin D'Souza, Glam Sham
Sarbjit suffers from overdramatisation
Sandipan Dalal, Femina
Don’t Believe The Reviews, Sarbjit Is A Gem
The loud and insistent melodrama takes away from the pathos of the central character’s story.
Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.In
More trauma than drama
GD Online
Aditya Shrikrishna, New Indian Express
Immerses you emotionally
The Statesman
Dalbir Kaur has separated from her husband (Ankur Bhatiya) as he used to physically and mentally torture her.
Komal Nahta, KomalsReviews
Sarbjit is a Poignant Story With a Sloppy Treatment
Stutee Ghosh, The Quint
The movie cleverly avoids India-Pakistan politics to keep controversies at bay and ends up being a commercial drama, an entertaining and emotional one.
Randeep Hooda impresses, but the film does not
Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times
Watch this film because you want to know about Dalbir Kaur'€™s struggle and get the gist of Sarabjit Singh'€™s story
Sai Gamare, BookMyShow
The film is evenly paced with a few lengthy and unwarranted scenes but overall, Sarbjit Aitwal’s story is worth a watch, as it touches the right emotional chord.
Omung mets out a half-baked tale that woos you in bits but is inherently too dull to move you
Source, Pinkvilla
Aishwarya and Randeep-starrer is a screechy, mawkish melodrama
Suhani Singh, India Today
Aishwarya Rai bachchan's movie is a tragic biopic which has its heart in the right place
Pallavi Patra, Zee News
The ever dependable Richa Chadha as Sarabjit's wife doesn't have much scope for performance, but she does a good job of being the timid, trusting woman that she's supposed to play
Shed tears for Sarbjit
Nonika Singh, Tribune India
Sarbjit fails to rise above its commercial nature to actually hit you in the gut with its real story.
Surabhi Redkar, Koi Moi
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan & Randeep Hooda Deliver The Performances Of A Lifetime!
Swikriti Srivastava, Filmi Beat
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
Bollywood Hungama
This film could've been the surprise winner of the year, given the effort pulled in by Hooda and Chadha. But the camera's obsession with Mrs Bachchan ensures that their compelling performances are restricted to the background. Purple lipped or not, this one is a miss.
Kunal Guha, Pune Mirror
Randeep Hooda stands out in this melodramatic melange of cardboard cut-outs that substitute for characters.
Randeep and Aishwarya’s EARNEST performances can’t save the film from SINKING into a whirlpool of melodrama!
Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life
Sarbjit makes a point. Humans come and go. Humanity survives.
Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India
It’s laudable, but Omung Kumar’s film feels too contrived and never becomes powerfully evocative
इमोशनल ड्रामा हैं 'सरबजीत'
R J Alok, Aaj Tak
The movie is more gloss than real
Khaleej Times
Sarbjit Atwal's story is worth a watch, as it touches the right emotional chord.
Source, Santa Banta
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in a loud melodrama
Hindustan Times
Another Biopic That’s An Opportunity Lost
Udita Jhunjhunwala, Business of Cinema
Omung Kumar scores once again with this biopic and etched out a neat film depicting the real life character of '€œSarabjit'€
Sajid, Cinema Glitz
Watch it for real life dramatic moments
Box Office Capsule
Despite an overdose of melodrama, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Randeep Hooda make the first half a compelling watch!
Sreeju Sudhakaran, BollywoodLife
The script appears a bit loose and inconsistent at times
Zee News
Too melodramatic but Ash, Randeep steal the show
Mehul S Thakkar, Deccan Chronicle
Has quality and class and its popularity will depend on the fate of the movie
Rafat, Glam Sham
उम्मीदों पर खरी नहीं उतरती ऐश्वर्या-रणदीप की 'सरबजीत'
Narendra Saini, Aaj Tak
इमोशनल कर देती है 'सरबजीत' की कहानी