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Torbaaz Review {2.0/5} and Review Rating

Terrorism has spread its deadly effect all over the world. And one of the tactics used by terrorists to allay fear and bloodshed is suicide bombing. According to one report, by mid-2015, nearly three-quarters of all suicide attacks took place in just three countries – Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, there have been 1059 such attacks as of mid-2015, many of them by child suicide bombers. Sanjay Dutt-starrer Torbaaz focuses on this burning issue and it is something that we have not seen in Bollywood films. So does Torbaaz manage to enthrall and entertain the audience? Or does it fail to impress? Let’s analyze.

Movie Review: Torbaazi

Torbaaz is the story of a former military doctor who wants to bring happiness to children through cricket. Nasir Khan (Sanjay Dutt) was an army doctor in the Indian Army. At one time he was working in the Indian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. His wife Meera (Priyanka Verma) and son Aryan (Preet Bhanushali) also shifted there. Meera along with Ayesha (Nargis Fakhri) started doing social work for the refugees. One day when Nasir, Meera and Aryan were shopping in the market, a child attacked a suicide bomber. This kills Meera and Aryan instantly. A few years later, Ayesha invites Nasser to Afghanistan to inaugurate a refugee camp called Tomorrow Hope. Nasir reluctantly goes there as the death of his family still haunts him. At first, he is bitter but later moves on when he meets Niyaz’s father, the kid who carried out the blast. Ayesha then invites Nasir to another Tomorrow Hope refugee camp, located outside Kabul. Here, he sees children like Baaz (Aishan Javed Malik), Gulab (Rudra Soni), Sadiq (Rehaan Sheikh), Ali Sher (Tapjyoti Sarkar) etc., all love to play cricket. Nasser realizes that he is extremely talented and can have a bright future if he takes his cricket career seriously. So, Nasser announced that he would coach him in cricket and if all goes well, he might one day play in the Afghanistan cricket team. Sadly, there are a lot of obstacles. For starters, some of the children are Pashtuns while others are from Pakistan. These two groups do not see each other. The Pakistani group is accused of being a suicide bomber. Not only this, terrorists led by Qajar (Rahul Dev) are trying to find the Pakistani kids whom he trained very well and who are potential suicide bombers. He learns that they are living in the same refugee camp where Nasir is trying to build a cricket team. He tells his men that he wants these children to further his terrorist agenda. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

The story of Girish Malik is excellent and the need of the hour. Many may not be aware of the suffering of those who lost their loved ones in suicide attacks or the suffering of refugees in Afghanistan. The story throws light on these aspects and helps to add to the knowledge of the audience. But Girish Malik and Bharti Jakhar’s screenplay is poor and loose. Leaves very little visual impact. Also, it should have been a fast-paced saga, but is instead quite long at 2.13 hours. The dialogues of Girish Malik and Bharti Jakhar are nothing special.

Girish Malik’s direction is the biggest culprit. Had the direction been better or had someone else handled it, it could have been a great flick. But sadly, Girish Malik’s hanging spoils the show. Some scenes are random and added to. In addition, there are scenes of drone strikes and battles between terrorists and the armed forces. The tone of the narrative changes abruptly in these scenes and the film turns into a documentary or film festival-type film here. Also the use of stock footage feels bad. On the positive side, he has handled a few scenes here and there with Ellen.

TORBAAZ starts out in a very bizarre and random way. The film then comes back on track as Nasir is introduced into the narrative and reaches Kabul. His agony of losing his wife and child could have been better portrayed. The children’s parallel track is interesting and this is something that makes the film bearable. But the documentary style of the scenes inserted in the film at regular intervals further hampers the effect. The cricket match scene doesn’t affect and we have seen better versions of an underdog team winning or giving a tough time in recent times in movies like Chhichhore. [2019] and jump [2020], The final scene is well thought out, but again, badly directed.

Movie Review: Torbaazi

Sanjay Dutt is decent and nothing special. But he is likable in this avatar and character. Nargis Fakhri is ruined. Rahul Dev is on top as the villain. Priyanka Verma is good in cameo. Preet Bhanushali doesn’t have much to do. Rahul Mitra (Colonel Junaid Khan) suits the role but his performance is weak. Gavi Chahal (Shariyar) is fair while Raj Singh Arora (Harpal aka Billu; the coach) is decent. Mohd Haq Peer Khan (Niaz), Daljit Sean Singh (Niaz’s father), Rocky Raina (Abullah; driver) and Neera Suraj (Baz’s mother) are fine. For actors playing refugee children, Rehaan Shaikh makes the most impression as the youngest child, Sadiq. The way he scolds Sanjay Dutt in few scenes is commendable. Aishan Javed Malik as Baaz has a pivotal role and gives a very good performance. Rudra Soni comes forward and leaves an impression. Tapajyoti Sarkar, Kanha (Imlal) and Ballu Panchal (Wahid) are also good.

Vikram Montrose’s music doesn’t work. ‘Maula’ worth forgetting. It should have been a film without songs. However, there is thrill in Bikram Ghosh’s background score. Hiru Keswani’s cinematography is beautiful. The territories of Kyrgyzstan are very well occupied. Javed Karim’s action is bloodshed. Orozbay Absattarov’s production design is realistic. The costumes of Shahid Aamir, Bhagyashree Rajurkar and Pallavi Patel are straight out of life. The VFX of Post House is average in some scenes and fair in the rest. Dileep Dev’s editing (additional editing by Protim Khound) is spot-on.

Overall, Torbaaz is based on a good idea and tells an important story. But bad direction ruins it all. disappointing.

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