Movie review Zubaan: Soulful storyline with a rushed ending

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The first half is crisp but during the second half, the story moves a bit too fast leaving the audience confused.


Director: Mozez Singh

Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Sarah Jane Dias, Manish Chaudhary, Raaghav Chanana, Meghna Malik

Zubaan is a story of faith and faithlessness directed by debutant Mozez Singh. The story revolves around Dilsher (Vicky Kaushal), who has faith that he will meet this businessman who has been his idol from the time he was a kid. He does meet him and gets a chance to work with him, but soon understands that he doesn’t belong there.

The film starts off with Dilsher’s journey, who leaves his home after his father passes away. He is then shown as a grown up boy who wants to meet Gurucharan Sikand (Manish Chaudhary) because as a kid he happened to meet him after some classmates hit him and made fun of his stammering disability. Dilsher joins a security company as he wants to meet Sikand who has become a very successful business tycoon. Dilsher gets an opportunity to meet Sikand and the latter remembers his meeting with him as a kid. The pen Gurucharan had given to Dilsher had left a lasting impression on his mind as he had said- ‘write your own destiny’. Surya (Raaghav Chanana), who plays Sikand’s unloved and unwanted son gets uncomfortable with the growing proximity between his father and Dilsher. Surya even makes fun of his stammering in front of Amira, a dancer (Sara Jane Dias) and it doesn’t go down well with her.

After a few meetings, Amira makes Dilsher realise that he doesn’t stammer while singing. Dilsher soon becomes Sikand’s favourite but later realises his real calling and goes back to his town.

Vicky Kaushal is a treat to watch in every frame. There is a fantastic fight sequence choreographed by his father Sham Kaushal where Vicky is beaten black and blue but he gives it back to the goons. Until now if you were thinking that he plays this stammering boy next-door role nicely you are wrong because he is equally good in the action sequences.

Sara Jane Dias fits the role perfectly and is better than what she was in Angry Indian Goddesses. Casting director Mukesh Chhabra has pieced together a superb cast with every character fitting the part perfectly.

Rahul Chanana, who plays the character of Surya Sikand is impressive. The scene where he is asking Gurucharan about what does he lack as a son and why does he favour Dilsher over him is one of the best scenes in the film.

There are some very nice sequences brilliantly shot in the film and the cinematographer has done a great job especially in the scene where Amira is lying on the bed that is well lit, the song Dhruvtara shot at night is beautiful, also the early morning shot of Dilsher sitting in the fields is commendable.

The first half is crisp and the story moves smoothly, but during the second half the story moves a bit too fast leaving the audience confused. The direction is good but the editing is not up to the mark.

Hats off to producer Guneet Monga for backing another unconventional subject where the boy makes a mistake and realises his true calling and reiterating the fact that we all have to move out of our comfort zones to find our true calling.

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