Based loosely on the Muzaffarnagar riots in Uttar Pradesh, Shorgul, directed by Jitendra Tiwari and P. Singh, is a political drama that fails to make a mark. It basically outlines a love triangle that is muddied with politics and religion. Jimmy Shergill and Ashutosh Rana have come together on screen after 13 long years in this film, and both play seasoned politicians.
The movie begins with a man wrapped entirely in a scarf delivering a gun to a woman, with Hrishitaa Bhatt breaking into an item number in the very next scene. Ranjit (Jimmy Shergill), a local leader who loves massages and igniting people, threatens a group of Muslim farmers to freely give their land away because a statue of a Hindu deity was unearthed there. Coming to the rescue of these helpless farmers is Ashutosh Rana, an influential and respected Hindu politician who believes humanity comes before religion, who drives Jimmy away by telling him to buy the land from the farmers if he wants to build a temple on it. The main plot of the movie however revolves around the friendship between a Muslim girl Zainab (Suha Gezen), who is soon going to get married to Saleem (Hiten Tejwani), and a Hindu boy Raghu (Anirudh Dave) who is her childhood friend and lover. Mustaqeem (Eijaz Khan), Saleem’s cousin, is a fanatic at heart and mouths the word `kaumb` countless times. He goes to the same college as Zainab and dislikes her attachment to Raghu, because according to him, it is better to roam with `our people`. How this love triangle is entangled with politics and religion and causes the famous riots is what we see after.
The movie could have potentially given a fresh perspective on the actual riots but the loose script and direction take it awry. Speaking of performances, the entire cast does a fairly decent job. Of course, Jimmy Shergill and Ashutosh Rana undoubtedly steal the show. From his attire to his dialect and his delivery, Jimmy Shergill gives his usual best. Ashutosh Rana is no less as he plays the humanitarian in this movie, respected by Hindus and Muslims alike but in the end betrayed by his own people. Suha Gezen manages to overplay her role with too much screen time but Hiten and Eijaz are pretty convincing. Sanjay Suri and Narendra Jha are wasted accessories in the movie, failing to convince us.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
The movie fails to make you develop an emotional connect with the central characters but what keeps it going are the spotless performances by Ashutosh and Jimmy. Besides, the movie gives you a slight peek into the Muzaffarnagar riots and how fanatics like these still exist in our country. It also shows how politics and religion are two major forces in India, which when mixed and used wrongly can result in major chaos and unrest. Watch this if such movies are your cup of tea.