Doing justice to a biopic can be quite a responsibility, but to have to do justice and meet the expectations of not only a biopic but also remake (Suriya starrer Soorarai Pottru) is just pressure of a higher kind. ‘Sarfira’ meets the mark and probably even surpasses it, leaving the audience with emotions that’s difficult to shake off. The Akshay Kumar and Radhikka Madan starrer, directed by Sudha Koranga, is based on the true story of GR Gopinath’s dream to start a low-cost airline, a facility that should be a need rather than a luxury for the common man. ‘Sarfira’ highlights not only the many struggles Gopinath faced but also the sacrifices made in order to make this dream come true.

The opening scene of ‘Sarfira‘ has some curiosity building moments, making for a start that left me hooked. As the movie proceeds, Vir Mhatre (Akshay Kumar)’s personal life and struggles to achieve his dream has been balanced out rather well. While focusing on the obstacles he faced, how his wife Rani (Radhikka Madan) was his rock throughout, their equation and understanding is showcased impressively. While Akshay’s performance definitely deserves accolades galore, Radhikka nails the role with the accent, the fierce personality… all I want to tell her is, “hey! please experiment with more roles of a varied kind like Rani.” Paresh Rawal plays the antagonist and air tycoon, Paresh Goswami, who tries his hardest to ensure Vir’s every try goes down the dumps. Having watched Paresh and Akshay in umpteen movies together, the duo bring out a reality in their characters like no other, making it a treat to watch them on-screen.

The intense scenes isn’t very dramatic, yet quite nail-biting; the emotional moments will leave you teary-eyed; and by the time you reach the end of the movie, you will come out of the theatre feeling inspired, slight bit emotional and amazed. The casting is quite aptly done, be it Seema Biwas, Anil Charanjeett, Saurabh Goyal, Krishnakumar Balasubramanium, each one of their performances is note-worthy and impactful irrespective of the screen time given. The music of the movie could’ve been better so as to enhance the experience and support certain scenes. Suriya’s cameo at the end is the cherry on top of the cake.

All in all, ‘Sarfira’ is a heartwarming, inspiring movie, that’s a must-watch. Take a bow, Sudha Kongara!

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