Soorma Reviews (Top Critics)

By Devesh Sharma (3.5/5)

Athletes aren't made in our country, they are born. What gets them noticed is their natural talent. Sandeep Singh was one such player. He was a natural drag flicker and holds the record for the fastest drag flick ever recorded. Fans started calling him Flicker Singh because of his achievements.

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By Kunal Guha (3.5/5)

When the eponymous sardarji as a preteen swings a stick at a rock to propel it across the field and terrify a flock of birds, it's evident - he has what it takes. Years later, his brother educates him that his method of keeping feathery creatures off the field is actually a 'drag flick' - a masterstroke in hockey that even seasoned players struggle to execute.

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By Nitin Jain (3.5/5)

Bollywood is obsessed with biopics off late be it on a popular celeb or a sports legend, and now the recent biopic that released today of Sandeep Singh popularly known as Flicker Singh, one of the most celebrated Hockey players. Not many knew about the player as well as his tragic story till the time SOORMA was announced.

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By Mayank Shekhar (3.5/5)

One way to look at this inherently inspirational film on Indian hockey's 'drag-flick' wizard, captain Sandeep Singh, is to inevitably compare it to the cricketing hero Mahendra Singh Dhoni's biopic (2016). For, like Dhoni, Singh began seriously playing the chosen sport relatively late in life.

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By Divya Pal (2/5)

There are multiple motivational stories we all are familiar with, but there are some which despite being little-known can touch the deepest part of our soul. The story of hockey player Sandeep Singh - which might be new to many - will encourage you to keep going when faced with never-ending formidable obstacles. It is an incredible story of an equally incredible individual who came into hard times, but was firm about making a different set of choices in his life.

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The Hindu
By Namrata Joshi

On the face of it, there could be no life less ordinary in its extraordinariness than that of international hockey player Sandeep Singh. To begin with there are the usual struggles of life-the familiar growing-up pains, the commonplace trysts of love, a loving family that firmly believes in roti (food) and wahe guru (God). In fact, the singular most important stroke of Sandeep-the drag flick, that got him the sobriquet of Flicker Singh-also appears to have come to him just like that, while shooing away the birds in the fields.

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By Umesh Punwani (2.5/5)

As we all know by the promo, Soorma is the story about what is touted as one of the greatest comebacks as far as Indian sports is concerned. Sandeep Singh (Diljit Dosanjh) who gets into hockey just to woo a girl. He wants to win the love of Harpreet (Taapsee Pannu), who also is an aspiring hockey player but way better at her game. After some intense training, Sandeep finally gets into Hockey as he aims at playing for the nation.

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By Rahul Desai (2/5)

Soorma, a dramatized version of ex-Indian field hockey captain Sandeep Singh's life, is occasionally watchable despite its writer-director Shaad Ali. It has its moments because of Sandeep Singh - that is, the person and not the film. This tends to largely be the case defining Hindi cinema's toxic relationship with sports biopics. For some reason, most Indian filmmakers misinterpret the meaning of 'dramatization'.

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By Anna M.M. Vetticad (2/5)

You do not have to be a sports buff to enjoy a good sports biopic. There is something about the blood, sweat, tears and toil poured into any sporting arena that holds out an impossibly irresistible allure for filmmakers and audiences - perhaps because the boxing ring, the wrestling mat, tennis courts and running tracks mirror all life's struggles off the field within that limited physical space, even when you know nothing of the technicalities involved.

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By Sukanya Verma (3/5)

Stories about sports icons are tailor-made for inspiration. The whole idea of succeeding against all odds commands glory and awe. Biopics draw on its vigour and hardship to create a powerful symbol of watch and learn. But our movies have a tendency to bask in reflected glory instead of revealing the man behind the medals.

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By Soumyata Chauhan (4/5)

A captaincy of the national hockey team, an Arjun Award recipient, someone who got into Hockey with a clear motive of impressing his lady-love, and a young sports personality who got accidentally shot right before the world cup - Hockey legend Sandeep Singh's journey surely warrants a Bollywood biopic.

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By Lakshana N Palat (2/5)

Soorma is meant to be about the inspirational tale of ace hockey player Sandeep Singh, who was accidentally shot in the back during a train journey in 2006. Singh was almost paralysed for a year. Yet, with sheer determination and will, he fought with fate and worked hard to walk again.

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The Indian Express
By Shubhra Gupta (2.5/5)

It's raining biopics in Bollywood. This week we have Soorma, based on the inspiring story of a grievously injured hockey player who made a comeback against all odds, and won. It's just the kind of real-life story which can lend itself to a goose-bump inducing film, because that's what great sportspersons are trained to do: straining every sinew, leaving aside pain and exhaustion, in order to get past the goal-post. Or, in the instance of Sandeep Singh aka Flicker Singh, who gained fame as the fastest 'drag flick' player ever, to score the goals.

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By Nandini Ramnath

Soorma is remarkably low-key about its high notes. To the cliche-ridden sports biopic genre, which is groaning with accounts of early victories, career-threatening adversity and fist-pumping clawbacks, Soorma introduces welcome strains of modesty and intimacy.

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By Bollywood Hungama (2.5/5)

An anonymous quote says "Willpower is like a muscle: The more you train it. The stronger it gets". Yet, it is easier said than done, especially in cases when the whole world is asking you to give up or not try. But there are a rare breed of people who have managed to shun all these notions and achieve the impossible through their sheer will. One such legend is the Indian hockey player Sandeep Singh who got back on his feet after facing a shocking accident.

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By Rohit Bhatnagar (4/5)

Director Shaad Ali, whose popcorn cinema is filled with silly experiments till date, surprisingly emerges as a winner with flying colours in his latest offering Soorma. The biggest advantage of making a biopic on a sportsman is that you can hit the patriotic chord, and that's what Shaad Ali tries to do.

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Taran Adarsh
By Taran Adarsh (3.5/5)

Soorma: HEARTWARMING. Soorma brings to screen one of the greatest comeback stories of a sportsman: hockey legend Sandeep Singh... A brave and inspiring story of will, determination, optimism and passion... Well-directed by Shaad Ali.

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By Urmimala Banerjee (2.5/5)

When we talk about films on hockey, the one that instantly comes on our minds is Chak De! India. This year, we have two films revolving around sport, Soorma and the upcoming Gold. Soorma marks the debut of talented actress Chitrangada Singh as a producer. It is a biopic on the life of Sandeep Singh who led the Indian hockey team to many glorious wins in international tournaments.

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Hindustan Times
By Rohit Vats (2/5)

A young hockey player is working on his drag-flicks in a dark corner of a practice turf when a suit-clad official asks him to leave. The player reasons how important the practice is for him and the official is impressed. On official's orders, the turf is lit up. The aspiring youngster also gets a bag of new hockey balls.

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By Saibal Chatterjee (2/5)

The film opens with a woman's voice on the soundtrack. It belongs to the character played by Taapsee Pannu. She introduces herself as field hockey player Harpreet Kaur but hastens to add that this isn't her story. It is Sandeep Singh's. It's the greatest comeback story in the history of the game. Doubtless, the real-life saga that inspired Shaad Ali's Soorma bordered on the miraculous.

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