A lot has already been written about the partition that left the nation bleeding. Bloodshed happened to be a common sight on both sides of the border. Also, people got displaced, but a part of them stayed behind in the hopes that one fine day, they’d be able to revisit their ancestral mansions that got left behind.
Sardar Ka Grandson hovers around a 90-year-old lady named Sardar Kaur, who wishes to revisit her ancestral house in Lahore. It’s her last wish as she happens to be dying. There’s a tumour in her lung, which means she doesn’t have a lot of time up her sleeve. As Sardar cannot travel to Lahore, her grandson decides to bring the house to Amritsar by using Structural Relocation.
A young lad named Umreek (Arjun Kapoor) returns to Amritsar in order to fulfil her grandmum’s last wish. Our dear protagonist is the owner of “Gently-Gently”, a moving and packing company. He runs the company alongside his girlfriend, named Radha (Rakulpreet Kaur). Both of them reside in Los Angeles and run a successful business. However, being gentle isn’t his cup of tea.
Less than 5 minutes into the film, we see Umreek getting into an argument with Radha. Boy, this lad does know how to get into an argument. Also, he keeps jumping around and loves breaking things, albeit unwittingly. However, he takes it upon himself to fulfil his grandma’s last wish, come hell or high water.
The movie works in patches. Almost all of the movie’s finest moments revolve around Neena Gupta. There are several funny moments ornamenting Sardar Ka Grandson. To begin with: there’s this typical Punjabi family comprising children and grandchildren, all of whom want a share in their grandma’s fortune. Well, that is how money and power end up complicating the equation.
Also, Neena Gupta is able to breathe life into the movie. Neat is how she likes it and she refuses to let go of her swag. Even at 90, she doesn’t think twice before smashing glass bottles against people’s heads. Also, Harbhajan Singh seems to have found a die-hard fan. This old lady would not think once before smashing the daylights out of you if you act smart.
The movie’s best moments are the ones that showcase the remarkable chemistry between Sardar and her grandson. However, that’s about it.
The sets, to begin with. Stacking up a bunch of shops together won’t be enough when recreating a city as rich and diverse as Lahore. Also, why is Arjun Kapoor riding atop a wrecking ball? Doesn’t he have better things to do in life? Rakulpreet Singh emerges out of nowhere to save the ramshackle structure from getting demolished, much like Shaktimaan.
Neena Gupta saves the day, and quite literally so. She is the axis around which the entire movie revolves. Also, it is Neena Gupta that ends up adding sense (of some sort) into this movie. She is Loud and boisterous and aces her part to perfection. Most of the characters, including that of the Pakistani governor (played by the ever-dependable Kumud Mishra), have been underwritten.
Also, Arjun Kapoor gets things underway on a promising note but ends up floundering it all during the business end of the film. His performance fails to give rise to emotions (of any sort). Moreover, all of the dialogues escaping his mouth appear superficial, to say the least.
Also, why has Rakulpreet Singh been chosen to do this film? Her character is underwritten and fails to instil a sense of purpose into the film. Moreover, she plays nothing but second fiddle. It is Arjun Kapoor who gets the lion’s share of the screen time. Alas, this movie needed a set of well-written characters. Aditi Rao Hydari, despite having a bite-sized role, aces her part quite effortlessly.
First thing’s first: Kashvie Nair deserves a round of applause for coming out with a fresh (and novel) idea. However, it is the execution that ends up robbing the story of all its potential. Take this for an example: the movie’s climax fails to spark emotions (of any sort). Also, most of the actors lack a sense of urgency (and appear at ease during the movie’s business end). All in all, the movie is a missed opportunity.
Watch it if you have nothing else to do.