Jeet Ki Zidd Review: Exploring the Web with Bharathi S Pradhan
The death of Rajat, sports champion and caring elder brother, prompts Deep Singh Sengar to surpass himself beyond human endurance to be a part of the Special Forces. His steadfast personal mission is to eliminate the militancy in Kashmir that blew up Rajat.
It’s a wonderful story to tell, especially when it comes to a fictional yet true story with Major Deep Singh Sengar appearing in the flesh at the end of each episode to endorse what was filmed. The comments of the Major and his wife Jaya at the time of the end credits give the 7-episode series the authenticity required by the inspiring story of The Grain.
However, the writing (script by Siddharth Mishra) and storytelling (by director Vishal Mangalorkar) doesn’t match the thrill-seeking potential of the motivational tale.
Yes, you know the Commander, Col. Ranjeet Chaudhry (played by an incredibly efficient Sushant Singh) is going to reserve his harshest comments and hardest training for Deep. You also know that when it’s time to rehabilitate an injured hero in a wheelchair, getting back on his feet will be his most grueling battle. Plus, he has demons creeping into his mind. At the end, “Never give up” and “You’ve got it” are the takeaways from the Major’s impressive life.
But novelty is so lacking in Mangalorkar’s disappointing storytelling that keeping a finger on the fast-forward button is tempting during large chunks of footage. Nothing surprises you. The parents, especially the mother (Mrinal Kulkarni) with dark circles of worry, have routine scenes, seen before. When his wife Jaya (heavily played by Amrita Puri) takes the time to talk to Deep about his CAT exam, you know how he got it. When a frustrated Deep barks at his young son, you know it’s happening. The child is also a little more boring than cuddly. When Jaya asks the only person who can for help, you know where she’s headed. And all of the Colonel’s apparent cruelty is so obviously bringing out the best in Deep that your heart doesn’t beat with excitement.
But yes, the steel required of women in the military and what spouses in general must endure when a partner is incapacitated is as real as the battles of Deep Sengar – on the ground, in civilian life and in his psyche.
Amit Sadh’s sincerity and the sheer physicality he brings to his performance as Deep Singh is admirable.
Look at it because it’s a special story. We only wish that the story also kept us glued to a biting uniqueness.