The story begins with the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. After which riots erupt across the country, especially in Delhi, and Sikhs are selectively murdered. Laughing till morning, busy in employment, the locality is seen engulfed in flames within a few hours. There is chaos all the way. They are being killed by entering the houses of the Sikh community, their houses, vehicles and shops are being burnt. When Jogi (Diljit) decides to save the people of his street in Trilokpuri from the fire of communal sentiments. Supported by this is his friend Ravinder Chautala (Zeeshan Ayyub), a police officer.. and Kalim Ansari (Paresh Pahuja), both of whom put their jobs and lives on the line for their friendship. But he also has a fourth friend, Lali Katyal (Hiten Tejwani), who is determined to avenge his personal enmity with Jogi and finds no better chance than in the fire of riots. Lali along with local councilor Tejpal Arora (Kumud Mishra) creates unfavorable circumstances. The story revolves around whether their friendship wins in the midst of riots or the fire of hatred.
Screenplay & Direction
The screenplay of the film is written by Sukhmani Sadana and Ali Abbas Zafar. The clarity and sensibility that was required to show the events of 1984 has been brought by the director very well. It is an emotional story that spends time establishing its characters. But the core of the story is friendship.. where the film slackens a bit. The kind of emotional bond that should have been shown between the four friends, it does not come to the fore on screen. Diljit and Zeeshan Ayyub’s scenes still create some impact, but Hiten Tejwani’s back story seems to drag the story. However, what’s good about it is that the characters around Jogi seem more human. Whether it is his supportive friend or Kumud Mishra in the role of a selfish politician.
Ali Abbas Zafar has used close-up shots at various places to add drama to the film. In one scene, Jogi removes his pag (turban) and starts cutting his hair and tears flow continuously from his eyes. The scene in the closeup shot makes the scene emotional. The technical side of the film is strong. The sound design, cinematography by Marcin Laskawiec and heartwarming lyrics by Sameer Uddin make the plot impressive.
Talking about acting, Diljit Dosanjh as always touches hearts with his acting. He always gets into the nuances of his character, which impresses a lot on screen. Paresh Pahuja and Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub play their roles well in the role of friends. Kumud Mishra has given a commendable performance as Tejpal Arora, you will end up hating him as a result. At the same time, Hiten Tejwani plays the role of Inspector Lali Katyal, Tejpal’s right-hand man. Looking at Hiten’s performance in this film, it can be said that he should get more negative roles.
Rating- 3 Star
Overall, ‘Jogi’ depicts the spirit of finding hope even in the midst of heartbreaking tragedy. Despite some flaws in the writing.. this story of humanity and friendship will surely leave you emotional and impressed. You can watch the film on Netflix. Jogi gets 3 stars from Filmbeat.