Verdict: Same old action, but a brand new Dev Kharoud.
Dev Kharoud has now an image to live up to – that of an angry young man. In Zakhmi, the action star of Punjabi cinema does live up to the expectations of his fans as he beats up the evil and corrupt people of society. The trailer was to the point as Dev was shown beating up people who were trying to harm his family. But does the film have a soul? Or is it just about action and violence? Let’s analyze.
What’s Zakhmi About:
Gurshaan (Dev Kharoud) is a young college student who cannot tolerate injustice. He often gets involved in fights with students who perform malpractices on college premises. A student named Reet (Anchal Singh) enters the college and Gurshaan falls in love with her simplicity. But Reet does not like his violent streak and asks him to stop indulging in fights if they are to stay together. Gurshaan agrees to it and within no time they get married and have a kid. But a bank robbery changes their life forever. Can Gurshaan stay the way his wife wanted him to be or does he have to fight back against the people who harm his family? Zakhmi explores his struggles through these trying times.
Dev Kharoud’s fans want him to fight, throw angry looks, and punch villains in the face. And they get all of that and more in Zakhmi. Although in the previous films, the reasons for his angst have been different, this time, it’s a more reasonable and relatable one – family. He is shown to be a commoner with a good heart, but the evils of society make him push boundaries.
The film starts off with Gurshaan’s introduction where he is putting the goons to the task and his action is welcomed with seetis and taalis. It’s only when Reet enters the college does the atmosphere of the film lighten. The entire first half is devoted to their love story.
If you think everything is going fine with the now well-settled family, fate has something else in store for them. There’s a robbery in the bank where Gurshaan works as a cashier and this incident turns their life upside down. The film moves on a tense route where he gets into action mode and goes on a killing spree, something that his fans love watching him do.
Dev Kharoud lives up to expectations and gets appreciated every time he packs a punch on the goon’s face. Anchal Singh is decent and looks sweet on screen.
What Could’ve Been Better:
The first half is devoted only to building romance. Dev Kharoud does not seem too comfortable in these scenes. Meanwhile, Anchal Singh‘s expressions fall flat.
Why You Should Watch:
Zakhmi is not a fight for or against drugs as shown in Dev’s previous films, but this time he takes a stand against the system for his family. His fans would love watching him hit and punch the goons and there is a strong undercurrent of family emotions, which make it a different kind of Dev Kharoud film.