Verdict: Nav Bajwa’s Kirdar-e-Sardar glorifies the value of Sardari.
Once in a while you come across a movie where you feel the makers have trusted their instincts and made the movie because of their own strong belief in something. Jatinder Singh Jeetu’s directorial debut Kirdar-e-Sardar celebrates sardari and makes people understand the value of following the path Sikhism teaches. The movie strikes the right chord as far as the subject is concerned, but does it transform into an entertaining two-hour long feature film? Does it get too preachy? Let’s find out.
Fateh Singh (Nav Bajwa) is a college level boxer, who falls in love with Richa (Neha Pawar). He is a renowned athlete but is not serious towards life. Given his outspoken nature, he gets entangleda with a local businessman (Sarkaria). Circumstances force him to come to terms with the fact that his father (KS Makhan) was also a boxer was highly regarded by one and all. He realizes that he needs to carry his legacy forward and work towards achieving the goals that were originally set by his father.
Kirdar-e-Sardar works in parts. Firstly, the subject is a complete winner. A number of sequences include high voltage dialogues focusing on Sikhi. These manage to raise the bar and you instantly compliment the makers. The story does not go wayward and the movie concentrates only on the core subject. The change in the character of Nav Bajwa towards the latter half of the movie is totally justified. The proceedings have been kept simple and that’s where the movie connects with the viewer.
Some of the notable sequences are KS Makhan’s entry right before the interval, Nav Bajwa visiting the barber with a truban on and also Nav spending time in the practice ring before his final match. Even the scene where Nav realizes his father’s history is well presented.
Any hiccups? Yes. The movie, for most parts of it, lacks entertainment. The love track (Nav Bajwa-Neha Pawar) is not something out of the box. Even the boxing ring fights won't leave you feeling excited. You walk out of the theatre taking KS Makhan's and Nav Bajwa’s belief in Sikhism and their boxing, and then you find it hard to understand why the villains were troubling Nav every 15 minutes. The Raza Murad track doesn't gel with the screenplay all that smoothly.
As far as the performances are concerned, Nav Bajwa stands out. He delivers his career best performance in Kirdar-e-Sardar. He brilliantly portrays the character of Fateh, who is skilful but lacks the right attitude, and the subsequent change in him towards the latter part of the movie. Neha Pawar makes a decent debut. She is a sincere actor and also camera friendly. Sardar KS Makhan shines in a small but impactful role. Mahabir Bhullar impresses. Gurpreet Kaur Chadha is first-rate. Rana Jung Bahadur excels. Raza Murad is seen after a hiatus and the talented actor generates instant hatred as Sarkaria. Dolly Bindra is subtle.
Director Jatinder Singh Jeetu gets most things right. He had an impressive story (Jeetu himself) but a little better script (Kudrat Pal) could've done wonders. The young director has deftly executed a few scenes and Kirdar-e-Sardar glorifies his talent. The dialogues (Kudrat Pal) are one of the highlights of the movie. Music (Daljit Singh) is okay and tracks Viah and Chotan by Nooran sisters stand out. Editing (B. Rampal) is sharp.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Kirdar-e-Sardar is a sincere effort towards teaching the importance of Sikhism and being a Sardar. It’s a journey of a boxer who is not serious, is a drunkard and lacks the right attitude. But he attains Sardari which changes his outlook towards life. Watch it for the relatable subject, impressive enactment by Nav Bajwa and the dynamic portrayal of a khalsa by KS Makhan.
– By Gurlove Singh