Lahore is yet another movie based on Indo-Pak issue but before drawing any conclusion, this one is totally different from the rest – no it’s not about cricket, hockey, or any terror attacks and wars – it is about kick-boxing. Having already received accolades from the jury at various film festivals for direction, performance and script, this film ticks around creating harmony between the two nations through the platform of kick-boxing.
Lahore is about two nations, sportsmanship and victory. Veerender Singh (Aanaahad) is an unswerving batsman who gives up his ambition of playing cricket to accomplish his brother, Dheerendra’s (Sushant Singh) dream of kick-boxing. While representing India at the Asian Kick-Boxing Championship, Dheerendra dies in the ring but the organisers declare it as an accident. His opponent, Noor Mohammad (Mukesh Rishi), from Pakistan is given a clean chit from the federation. And all this leads to misery, sorrow and rage. As a result, Veerender takes up the challenge to play for his brother against Pakistan in a goodwill match. But is he just realising his brother’s dream? Or does he have other intentions when he meets his brother’s killer in the ring?
Overall, a heart-wrenching story coupled with plenty of twists and turns and edge-of-the-seat escapades. Every emotion, every dialogue and the day to day routine of a common man have been flawlessly captured in the reels. Be it the first half or second, the movie grasps your attention till the end. Special mention to the fighting scenes – both, Dheerendra vs Noor and Veerender vs Noor, are superb – the kicks, the punches and slams leap off the screen and creates moments of fretfulness.
Direction is praiseworthy; the locations are well chosen and add flavour to the film. Kudos to Tony Leung Siu Hung (Action Director) for showing his expertise in the kick-boxing scenes; they could not seem more realistic and similar to lethal combats. The background score is effective and gels with every scene in the film. Cinematography is fine. Though there were scenes where emotions went overboard, especially when the Pakistani players follow Noor and give away their medals to the Indian team, is a little exaggerated.
Actors have done a decent job. Farouque Shaikh as the Indian team’s coach excels with his witty punch lines. Sushant Singh as the boy-next-door and the fighter is awesome. And so is Mukesh Rishi. Sabyasachi Chakraborty (Pakistan team’s coach) delivers his lines with aggression and authority. Considering it is Aanaahad’s first film, he is good. Nafisa Ali, Shraddha Das and Shraddha Nigam give good support.
On the whole, winning over the media and critics may have been easy for Lahore but its going at the box office will be tough, especially considering its time of release.