Cast: Neena Gupta, Arjun Kapoor, Rakul Preet, John Abraham, Aditi Rao Hydari
Director: Kaashvie Nair
It is sometimes critical to satisfying the few last desires of elders who have spent their entire lives raising their children and then their descendants. Isn't this our responsibility to at least satisfy their wishes? But what if it is extremely difficult? This Kaashvie Nair's 'Sardar Ka Grandson' is based on it, that how a grandson of Sardar does scrupulous things just to satisfy his grandmom's last wish.
The story begins with the lifestyle of Amreek Singh (Arjun Kapoor) who resides in America with his girlfriend, Radha (Rakul Preet). Amreek is a crazy, joyful guy who works odd jobs for Radha's business in Los Angeles. Sardar (Neena Gupta) is his grandmother, a 90-year-old rowdy and loud lady whom everybody affectionately refers to as Sardar. She was a victim of India's partition, and she wanted to travel to the house she and her husband constructed in Lahore one last time. And Amreek's latest heartbreak has taught him the meaning of loneliness and closure, which his grandmother has been nurturing for decades. After which he decides to complete his grandma's last wish. But nothing is easy for a hot-tempered Sardar, as the granny is affectionately known. When obtaining a Pakistan visa for her seems difficult. Why? As a result of her enraged outburst during a cricket match in Mohali against a senior official from a neighboring country, the Pakistani government has put her on the no-fly list.
And from there, Amreek thinks now 'Homecoming nahi. Home is coming' and on this concept, the whole movie revolves around. It's an imaginative concept for a riotous comedy, but instead, director Kaashvie Nair and her co-writers deliver a muddled mess of a film. Sardar's playful relationship with her similarly noisy family is central to the film's plot, and this has provided plenty of natural humor. At many times, we see tries to bring that out, but bland dialogues that lack the necessary punch, keep failing.
The basic concept is bizarre but it also piques my interest. On paper, changing the word homecoming to "home is coming" can seem easy, but it's far more than that. If it isn't done well, it will fall flat. So, it seems an unrealistic thing.
It's also difficult to shoot videos containing a lot of crowd scenes. The tying together of the different components - India-Pakistan ties are tossed in for good measure but without resorting fall back to corny, nationalistic claptrap, mercifully - is at best spurious.
Moving to the characters, Neena Gupta has left a great impact on her role in the film. Her way of talking, body language, and sarcastic dialogues, all are just fabulous. Arjun Kapoor faces the difficult challenge of making us cheer for Amreek, but he performs admirably in the emotional scenes. His comedic timing isn't necessarily riotous, either. Fortunately for Arjun, his scenes with Sardaar, who is superbly played by Neena Gupta, are relatable. It seems makers have given the whole burden on the shoulders of Neena Gupta and Arjun but unable to do so for an extended period of time.
Radha, Amreek's love interest, is played by Rakul Preet Singh, who looks stunning. She is perfectly cast as a lively and self-assured young adult with a strong personality. John Abraham and Aditi Rao Hydari appear and disappear in flashes that should have been enhanced by a deeper backstory. The rest of the ensemble players is nice, but their characters are cliched, just like the forced conflict in the film, which isn't entirely effective. That's why there could have more work on supporting characters to stand up and take over, who could have to add some spice of humor in the flick.
The job of the DOP is just mediocre and there are certain scenes in which you can sense the video's shakiness, which can bug you for a short period.
‘Sardar ka Grandson' is a unique tale with a strong emotional core. It seeks to emphasize the emotional bond that exists between the two nations and their people towards their belongings that they left behind during the partition. Overall, it's a one-time watch drama film that you can watch to enjoy Neena Gupta's superb acting.