One of the most debated films in recent times, Shorgul, finally got a chance to release in theatres this Friday. The controversial plot had landed Shorgul into huge trouble, with some people from Uttar Pradesh demanding a ban on the movie. However, after several cuts, the film was granted permission for release by the censors. Helmed by Jitendra Tiwari and P Singh, Shorgul is loosely based on the Muzaffarnagar riots. Jimmy Shergill, Ashutosh Rana and Hiten Tejwani play main roles in the film. Turkish beauty Suha Gezen, who debuts with this film in Bollywood, is pivotal to the movie’s plot. (ALSO READ: Shorgul controversy: Bollywood should’ve backed the film, feels actor Hiten Tejwani)
Shorgul effectively throws light on how politics in the country thrives on igniting communal issues and how ministers use religion to their benefit. The movie is perfectly woven around a romantic love triangle and how politicians use it to incite riots and win elections. Although we have seen several films of such controversial nature in the past (Firaaq, Parzania, Bombay), Shorgul falls into the list due to its commercial nature. We call the film ‘commercial’ because the makers have taken a touchy and sensitive topic and have blended it with immense melodrama unnecessarily. At a certain point, you fail to realise how much of what’s going on in front of your eyes can be believable.
Shorgul is set in the backdrop of Uttar Pradesh politics. Ranjit Om (Jimmy Shergill), a well-groomed MLA of the village wants to cause riots to win the MP seat in the upcoming Parliamentary elections. He is joined by a religiously orthodox Maulana, who is banging doors to collect funds for a madrassa. (ALSO READ: Shorgul song Tere Bina: This song proves Arijit Singh does not need Salman Khan for his career! (Watch video)
Well, that’s not all. Then comes the main plot of the film, which is a love triangle between Raghu (Anirudh Dave), Zainab (Suha Gezen) and Saleem (Hiten Tejwani). Om and Maulana use the love story to their benefit to create religious rage amongst people and force them to kill each other. There is also a Chaudhary (Ashutosh Rana) who is loved and respected by people of both clans and is a biggest hurdle for the problem creators.
Directors Tiwari and Singh simply fail to convince us with the plot and everything looks staged in Shorgul, except for the performances of a few actors. Jimmy Shergill, Ashutosh Rana and Hiten Tejwani were at their best and made the movie bearable till the end. The Mohabbatein actor has so wonderfully evolved since his debut and it is really amazing to see his flawless performance. He perfectly fit the character of a wicked politician with the right body language and diction. (ALSO READ: Jimmy Shergill interview on Shorgul)
Ashutosh Rana’s good acting came as no surprise, as he has always excelled in every role put forward to him. This time again, he shines out as the justice-loving Chaudhary who would not take any nonsense in the name of religion and politics. Unlike his contemporary baddie roles, Ashutosh plays a positive character in the film.
Hiten Tejwani, the most loved beta of the small screen, had a short but pivotal role in Shorgul. He stands out as Saleem with his clean act. He also gets the chance to romance the lovely lady Suha Gezen.
The Turkish beauty, Suha, has a very crucial role in Shorgul. However, her amateurish performance and lack of acting skills make her a complete misfit here. Had the makers opted for someone as good as Radhika Apte or Huma Qureshi, Shorgul could have been totally different. Suha is beautiful but she couldn’t justify the intensity of the character.
The performance of the actors gives Shorgul much support to sustain viewer interest until the climax.
The song Tere Bin, penned by Congress politician Kapil Sibal, is beautiful, but unfortunately it is played during the final credits. Other than that there are just two songs in the film – a love track and a serious number.
The screenplay by Jitendra Tiwari is quite effective and goes smoothly all the way to the end.
Shorgul starts losing its essence as soon as the riot begins. The whole menace looks staged and unbelievable. There is so much going on at the same time that it looks altogether confusing.
Hrishitaa Bhatt, the girl who debuted in Shah Rukh Khan’s Ashoka, performs in an item number, which is played in the beginning of Shorgul. She looks way too unpleasing to the eye with her voluptuous figure and uncoordinated moves.
All in all, Shorgul deserves a watch only for the performance of the actors. The plot of the film could have been better and convincing.
Rating: 2.5 stars.
Watch the trailer of Shorgul here;