Shaad Ali's directorial Soorma, starring Diljit Dosanjh in the titular role has finally hit theatres on July 13. It is a biopic on former Hockey player, Sandeep Singh also known as Flicker Singh. The movie traces his journey from being a lazy lad to a determined man who didn't give up despite being shot by bullet. Sandeep met with a deadly accident and was on a wheelchair for years. However, the sportsperson made a smashing comeback after two years, becoming an inspiration for many. Under the captaincy of Sandeep, India won the 2009 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and even qualified for the 2012 Olympics. Soorma also features Taapsee Pannu, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Angad Bedi in important roles. The music has been composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.
Angad Bedi's wife Neha Dhupia is proud of him. ''For me, it's a very proud moment because I am huge fan of sports as compared to movies and to see Angad working in Soorma along with Diljit and Taapsee is amazing," she said earlier.
While promoting the movie, Dosanjh visited Singh's hometown, Shahabad in Haryana to meet the latter's family. The former hockey star's father gifted his son's personal hockey stick to the singer-cum-actor. Dosanjh took to his Instagram to share the news. He wrote, "#Soorma 13th July Es Ke Layek Toh Nahi Mai Lekin Maa Ka PYAR TON NALAYEK BACHE KE LIYE BHI SAME HOTA HAI. (I don't deserve this but parent's love all of their children.) Thx @sandeep_rebirth Bhaji & FAMILY."
Taapsee Pannu told indianexpress.com, “I consider myself a sports enthusiast. When I was told about Sandeep Singh’s accident and his comeback as the captain of Indian hockey team, I felt guilty that I did not know of this. And the only way I thought I could redeem myself from this guilt is by doing this film and letting the world see what true sportsman spirit is.”
SOORMA CELEB REACTIONS
Soorma has got rave reviews from Bollywood celebrities. Karan Johar, who attended the screening last night took to his Twitter handle to write, ''The performances of #Soorma are supreme! @diljitdosanjh is absolutely brilliant as #sandeepsingh ! What an incredible actor!!! @Imangadbedi is superb!!!! Solid, soulful and full of heart ! He delivers his best yet! @tapseepannu is always a pleasure to watch!"
The performances of #Soorma are supreme! @diljitdosanjh is absolutely brilliant as #sandeepsingh ! What an incredible actor!!! @Imangadbedi is superb!!!! Solid, soulful and full of heart ! He delivers his best yet! @tapseepannu is always a pleasure to watch!— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) July 12, 2018
National Award winning actress Divya Dutta was also quite impressed with Shaad Ali's directorial. She wrote, ''#soorma is an amazingly inspiring film!! Taut script, nuanced.. emotional as well as breezy.. this one is a must watch!!! Congrats @SnehaRajani @shaadesh @IChitrangda !! It is beautiful... and @diljitdosanjh you are so so endearing. @imangadbedi @ tapseepannu , so sincere!"
#soorma is an amazingly inspiring film!! Taut script, nuanced.. emotional as well as breezy.. this one is a must watch!!! Congrats @SnehaRajani @shaadesh @IChitrangda !! It is beautiful... and @diljitdosanjh you are so so endearing.@Imangadbedi @tapseepannu , so sincere!👌🏻👌🏻— Divya Dutta (@divyadutta25) July 11, 2018
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has loved the movie. He wrote on Twitter, ''A real story portrayed beautifully on reel. @sandeepsingh's determination to play for India is truly commendable, enjoyed watching #Soorma a lot. My best wishes to the entire cast and crew.''
Ravi Shastri also tweeted, “India has a great legacy of legends who have fought battles and made it big. Here's a story of one such hockey legend #SandeepSingh @Flicker_Singh! @SnehaRajani @sonypicsprodns @DiljitDosanjh, @taapsee and @imangadbedi Good luck for #Soorma!''
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh, veteran actress Shabana Azmi and Tumharii Sulu director Suresh Triveni have also lauded Soorma. Check out their tweets below:
#OneWordReview...#Soorma: HEARTWARMING.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) July 12, 2018
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½#Soorma brings to screen one of the greatest comeback stories of a sportsman: hockey legend Sandeep Singh... A brave and inspiring story of will, determination, optimism and passion... Well-directed by Shaad Ali. pic.twitter.com/3zN14I1CTA
One of the strongest performances of the year @diljitdosanjh ! Thoroughly enjoyed #soorma . Honest heartwarming and some really nice dialogues and moments ! @taapsee @Imangadbedi #shaadali @IChitrangda @SnehaRajani— Suresh Triveni (@sureshtriveni) July 12, 2018
Shaad Ali's #Soorma is not only one of the best film of 2018 but also, one of the best sports film made in Bollywood. It has everything... it'll make you laugh, cry, dance... it will inspire you. @diljitdosanjh you are 'soorma' of acting. @taapsee Kamaal kar diya aapne👌👏 ❤— Raghuvendra Singh (@raghuvendras) July 12, 2018
#Soorma is a solid film and tells the story of Arjuna Award winner #SandeepSingh with inmense grace and dignity. @diljitdosanjh @Imangadbedi are brilliant in the film and their bond is beautiful to watch. #ShaadAli all the best sir... super job done...— Shashank Khaitan (@ShashankKhaitan) July 13, 2018
Comebacks are never easy and in #soorma you visually see it in a beautiful way . Great direction by #shaadali and an absolutely honest performance by @diljitdosanjh and @Imangadbedi you have made a mark for yourself. pic.twitter.com/asK9cZcznv— zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) July 12, 2018
What a heartwarming film #Soorma is. @shaadesh tells the beautiful story with warmth and sensitivity @DiljitDosanjh is heartbreakingly sincere @Imangadbedi endearing.Ably supported by @taapsee and @satishkaushik2 @flickersingh @sneharajani you have a winner. Go watch it i— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) July 12, 2018
Watchudoing today?Go watch #Soorma.An unexpectedly warm, moving film about human triumph and family.Thanks for this one @shaadesh, @SnehaRajani ! You have a lifelong fan in me @diljitdosanjh 🙏 and amazing work by @taapsee @Imangadbedi #SatishKaushik and the rocking #vijayraaz— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) July 13, 2018
So subtle and sensitive,the real story of @flickersingh is SO https://t.co/hS0Ab911Ts's been a while since I enjoyed so many performances in a film and @shaadesh, thanks for not forcing tears or jingoism down our throats. All the feels are genuine.This film is all 💓 https://t.co/nnfCfJb3Cr— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) July 13, 2018
Check out Soorma trailer below:
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