Ali Abbas Zafar’s ‘Jogi’, with Diljit Dosanjh and now on Netflix, is a solid thriller-cum-drama set amidst the 1984 anti-Sikh riots

Posted on September 16, 2022


Spoilers ahead…

The first thirty-odd minutes don’t cut very deep, but after this set-up, the film takes off. 

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The opening scenes of Ali Abbas Zafar’s Jogi, set in 1984, four months after Operation Blue Star, are right out of the mainstream-screenwriting textbook. Before you depict tragedy, give us the happy-family scenario. And so we meet Jogi, played by Diljit Dosanjh, and his joint family. They are having parathas for breakfast. The same sequence establishes the close-knit quality of the relationships, the fact that the father is due for retirement, the fact that Jogi’s older brother runs a shop, and also the inherent Sikh-ness of the protagonist. The first time we set eyes on Jogi, he is looking into a mirror, perfecting his turban, and he smiles when that perfection is attained. And then, Indira Gandhi is shot dead, and things change forever. We soon see why we needed that shot of Jogi and his turban. 

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