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Jogi: Diljit Dosanjh Exceptionally Paints The 1984 Riots

Jogi movie recalls the horrors of the 1984 Anti-Sikh riots moving the tale in mainstream yet heart wrenching manner and rests on brilliant performances.

Jogi Diljit Dosanjh Exceptionally Paints The 1984 Riots
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When bloodthirsty mobs unleash danger, fear hangs over a city in flames as the mobs in packs fan out with petrol cans to burn and loot. The plot of Jogi firmly establishes the immediate aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination and the horrors met by innocent Sikh civilians. Amid the dangers and tension, three friends of different faiths unite in a noble 

effort to save hundreds in their town. The movie is now available to stream on Netflix with a runtime of 116 minutes.

Jogi Movie Cast

Jogi stars Diljit Dosanjh, Kumud Mishra, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, Hiten Tejwani, Amyra Dastur, Paresh Pahuja, Neelu Kohli, Mikhail Yawalkar, Saurabh Chauhan, Sadanand Patil.

Storyline

Ali Abbas Zafar’s movie Jogi is set 5 months after Operation Blue Star (June 1984) which was a military operation carried out by the Indian govt to eliminate Damdami Taksal, Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, and their followers from the buildings of the Golden Temple. Upon the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards, the wave of anti-Sikh riots plagued the nation.

Jogi Diljit Dosanjh Exceptionally Paints The 1984 Riots
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Delhi being one of the most affected areas is home to our lead in the film Diljit Dosanjh. His is one of the hundred families that lost their everything 1984 riots. He takes help from his two friends, first a Police Officer in Delhi Police Rawinder Chautala (Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub) & second Kaleem (Paresh Pahuja). How these three carry a secret evacuation plan carrying hundreds of Sikhs from Delhi to Mohali as the Capital burns amid the flames of riots is what the rest of the story is all about.

Review

Ali Abbas Zafar teams up with Sukhmani Sadana to pen down the story around a topic which would forever enrage the civilians who have been a part of the inhumane atrocities it came with. The narrative of the story revolves around an extremely strong and sad commentary on the Anti-Sikh Riots from an individual’s point of view of how this ruthless political episode impacted the lives of innocent people who were targeted, punished, and killed for no crime other than being from a particular religion.

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The message of Jogi is solid and hard-hitting with sincere performances from the cast. Diljit Dosanjh’s remarkable performance proves him to be the best cast for his role. He nails his character of a normal guy turning into a saviour with great ease while taking you through the pain and struggles of an entire community. His eyes scream the grief he carries. 

Jogi Diljit Dosanjh Exceptionally Paints The 1984 Riots
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Kumud Mishra is playing his grey element in the role of a corrupt politician perfectly. Hiten Tejwani is an enigmatic, stone-faced character named Lali who turns out to be very central to the plot since he has an old score to settle with Jogi. Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub, & Paresh Pahuja extend the required support to the lead character.

Director Ali Abbas Zafar did a fantastic job at capturing the fear and anxiety these characters were going through. Marcin Laskawiec’s cinematography is top-notch & Julius Packiam’s background creates a melancholic atmosphere filled with tension in every single scene. All that works well until the narrative shifts from majorly focusing on the massacre to just highlighting Jogi’s personal journey, which comes with some predictable & passable twists.

Overall the movie is packed with action and drama that will take you through a brief emotional ride. It has action, adventure, friendship, a love story, and a lot of heart. A personal journey of manufactured chaos with heart-painting flashbacks. Everyone should watch this movie at least once in their lifetime.

Source: Koimoi.com

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Written By

Harjyot Sandhu is an Entertainment & Arts Intern at Empire Weekly. She was born and raised in Mumbai, and recently graduated with Bachelor's degree in Mass Media & Communications. She is an avid geek when it comes to contemporary media and her core interests lie within the entertainment and fitness industry. Harjyot enjoys the ever-changing pace of the world & human evolution.

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