Sardar’s grandson film cast: Arjun Kapoor, Neena Gupta, Kumud Mishra, Rakul Preet Singh, Kanwaljeet Singh, Soni Razdan, Divya Seth, Mir Mehrus, Aditi Rao Hydari, John Abraham
Sardar’s grandson film director: Kashvi Nair
Sardar’s grandson film rating: 1.5 stars
The ‘Dil-da’ connection between the people living in the pre-partition Punjab is once again reflected in ‘Sardar ka grandson’. Despite being in movies repeatedly, this is a subject that never really gets old. And perhaps it should not, because the heart-touching stories of Indo-Pak pacifism can always be repeated. But if this is what we see in the ‘Dadi-Pota’ love story, it is done in a dull, hacky way, even if it is always fronted by the trusty Nina Gupta.
Sardar Kaur (Neena Gupta), an old-time Lahore resident, now lives with her large family in the twin city of Amritsar across the border. But her failing heart still beats for her home in that ‘street’ of Lahore: what she wants, she tells him, to return to America’s grandson Amrik (Arjun Kapoor), to see it one last time. The rest of the film is about grandchildren’s Sheenigans in Lahore, where he meets (mostly) good Pakistanis, and manages to trample a grumpy, mean fellow (Kumud Mishra) who threatens to get in the way of Mission Homecoming. gives.
Arjun Kapoor looks like ‘Gabaru Punjabi Munda’. He nails swept-back hair, puff jeans-jacket combo, and ‘rambunctious’ (rough) manner, but can’t do anything about his constant inactivity. Despite its sociable spirit, and the message of ‘Aman Aur Chayan’, the film is never free from its sit-com vibes, and an important plot point only causes our eyes to helplessly roll.
A group of competent actors stagger. Kanwaljeet Singh, as Gupta’s son (couldn’t he have got a younger one?) Deserves better, so Sonny as Rajdan daughter-in-law who has nothing to do. Nor has Rakul Preet Singh, who has shown that he is capable of taking the most formulaic flicks. Mishra shouts and scoffs. Senior government officials on either side of the border are given laughter lines, only to hit one or two scars, especially the one who references Sunny Deol in ‘Gadar’, and his famous hand-pump scene.
Predictably, Neena Gupta is the only one worth our time in this latter ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, but none of her caliber should be well written. The only line that is half-baked comes from a sharp young Pakistani (Mir Mehrus) boy, who owns a tea shop, and becomes an all-round savior. It is about the deep connection between ‘chai walaas’ and Indians.
Sardar’s grandson is streaming on Netflix.