SHAURYA - a delightful treat!
The plot revolves around the court-martial of a junior army officer, who murders his senior, who kills innocent people in fake encounters under the wings and directions of a Brigadier, who was using his personal hatred against Muslims, to plan fake encounters, as his family had been killed by a Muslim.
Being in the army and after having spent four years at Srinagar during the thick of insurgency, I could relate very well with the movie. Even though the movie seems a rip off, of the English movie, A FEW GOOD MEN, it is very relevant to our country and the present times. False encounters are always a significant problem during counter insurgencies!
The story and screenplay are good and come out even better with the touchy dialogues. The locale lacks the Srinagar touch at places but the ambiance of the army base created, appears authentic, though one could do with some more research and realism of the army, specially the minor details of the uniform and military etiquette.
Rahul Bose was good as always and Minisha Lamba has been lively and bubbly! Jaffery has done justice to his role but the two stars that really shine are KK and Deepak Dobriyal. KK has looked and acted very impressive as Brigadier Pratap especially in the climax scene when he breaks down, under the pressure of Rahul Bose, who is the defense lawyer. Deepak as the accused Captain Javed has emerged as the biggest surprise with his strong acting. His stern silence and nerve shaking blank looks reached the soul directly. Seema Biswas has acted well too, in the small role of Javed's mother.
The music is soft and soothing and songs hummable. The scene of the midnight unplanned wedding of Jaffery depicts the strength of friendship and male-bonding very beautifully.
Samar Khan and his team have created a nice movie, for all age groups and fit to be seen with family, highlighting the strong message of communal harmony and the perils of mixing personal vendetta with duty.
My personal thanks to the complete team of the movie for projecting the SHAURYA - the true valour of an Indian soldier and the pride of Indian Army
- Col S Kapoor VSM Delhi