Jogi Movie Review: An Underwhelming Depiction Of 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots

Jogi Movie Review: An Underwhelming Depiction Of 1984 Anti Sikh Riots

Given that it is a political play about the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi, Jogi is the kind of political drama you want to support.

Only a few movies and documentaries are about the atrocities on Sikhs after Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was killed on October 31, 1984, by her Sikh bodyguards. The attacks on Sikhs’ houses and businesses are much more clear in the mainstream media and academic circles.

However, the most recent film adaptation of the atrocities of 1984 is equally inept and well-intentioned. The Netflix streaming movie “Ali Abbas Zafar” is a low-budget story of bravery in the face of adversity.

Through the lens of a thriller, Zafar and Sukhmani Sadana’s screenplay examines occurrences. Government employee Jogi makes daring escapes, narrowly misses in an effort to survive.

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On the day of Gandhi’s murder, the movie begins. The scene is Trilokpuri, a section of West Delhi where some of the worst violence occurred. 

A trap is set up for Jogi (Diljit Dosanjh), his family, and his neighbours. Jogi and his clan make an attempt to elude capture with the aid of Ravinder (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub), an old buddy who is now a member of the Delhi police. The relationship between Jogi and Ravinder is in jeopardy because of Ravinder’s coworker Lali (Hiten Tejwani). He is one of the formerly law-abiding citizens who has turned criminal.

The aestheticized violence and brief moments of manufactured drama are inappropriate for a movie of this kind. The instances where Jogi and Ravinder stand around and plan their next move lack any sense of urgency or blazing violence.

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Jogi struggles to convey the idea of a minority community being persecuted. Mainly because of the sins of a few of its members. Despite its best efforts, the movie is unable to close the gap between ambition and execution.

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