The Film Sarabjit is banned in Pakistan, due to its sensitivity of the subject; but DVD of the film is Available in the Market.
There’s a dialogue in the movie that hits hard. It is spoken by Sarabjit after he is captured and jailed by the Pakistani authorities, and I am paraphrasing –
“I do not understand why they hate me so much. These people look like us, eat like us and behave like us. Why so much hate then?”
We do not even have to highlight how much mutual hate there is between India and Pakistan. The case in point in every world cup before the match between India and Pakistan –
“WORLD CUP NAHI JEETE TOH CHALEGA! PAKISTAN KO TOH HARANA HAI!”
And who suffer? Innocent prisoners who are being tortured just because they happen to be from the other side of the border. And suddenly, it is not extracting information from a normal prisoner by beating and intimidating him. It is torturing the person inhumanely because that person is Indian.
Human rights and justice can go fuck themselves.
Then they cut to the happier times when Sarabjit was a happy person and how his sister loved him more than she loved her own husband – a love that is so deep and strong, that it somehow stood up to the deep hate the two countries have against each other.
Yes, Ash doesn’t look anything like the real Sarabjit’s sister, but who cares? The concern and love she portrayed on screen were as convincing as it could get.
Despite Ash’s strong performance, it is Randeep’s stellar performance that makes you understand the horrors prisoners go through in the jail on the other side of the border. It is his acting that will make you scared going anywhere near that cursed place, lest you get caught and end up like him.
The torture scenes are scarring – for both – the viewers and the on screen Sarabjit
The makeup department does its job incredibly well. They held nothing back this time. You realize the squalor these prisoners live in. You finally see what makes them insane.
This is probably the only thing that was bad about the movie. But if these songs weren’t included, the movie becomes too dark and depressing. One would not have gotten out of the cinema hall sane.
Richa Chadda gives a good performance, but is grossly overshadowed by the other two actors.
The politicians are helpless, the courts are helpless, the lawyers are helpless – all the people who can release even a convicted felon in a few hours. But they just cannot – even if there is a mountain of evidence that Sarabjit is innocent.
The message of the movie is of helplessness – the stark reality that the hate and distrust between the countries is so deeply ingrained that every Pakistani will be seen as a terrorist, and no Indian will be seen as the enemy – even if people explicitly know that the person is innocent.
That, the hate and distrust is too deep to even acknowledge any shred of humanity anymore.
Even though both the countries walked side by side against the British before Independence.
What have we come to?
Media Bites Editorial – Vinay Devnath (Courtesy: Story Pick)
Pakistan First Media And Brand Website.
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