Highlights

  • Jhund is based on the life of Vijay Barse, the founder of NGO Slum Soccer
  • Amitabh Bachchan essays the role of a retired school teacher
  • Jhund released in theatres on March 4, 2022

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Jhund Movie Review: Jhund, which features Amitabh Bachchan in the lead with a bunch of young actors, is a sports drama based on the life of Vijay Barse, the founder of NGO Slum Soccer.

Director
Nagraj Manjule
Actors
Amitabh Bachchan, Akash Thosar, Rinku Rajguru and team
Rating
4
 / 
5

Nagraj Manjule, who moved the country with the critically acclaimed Sairat is back with another film built on two pillars of introspection and inspiration. Jhund, which features Amitabh Bachchan in the lead with a bunch of young actors, is a sports drama based on the life of Vijay Barse, the founder of NGO Slum Soccer.

Amitabh Bachchan is a retired school teacher who is determined to change the life of underprivileged children by involving them in the game of football. He believes sports is a unifying force that will keep these children away from petty crime and other distractions. But this is easier said than done. In his attempt, he faces resistance from society, inertia from the children and much more before the film leads to its logical climax. Contrary to Sairat, Nagraj tows the line of predictability but makes it refreshing and enjoyable.

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The treatment of the film by the director is commendable. It has the heart in the right place. Instead of a dark and insipid approach to life in slums, Nagraj and the team use emotions like empathy, care, and trust to touch the audience's hearts. The first half of the film is lengthy. Kudos to the fantastic performance by young actors that the audience breezes through. The second half deals with multiple issues and challenges, which weighs down the pace. In the end, this film makes you laugh, smile, sympathise, empathise, and sheds light on a subject which we are all aware of but seldom ponder upon.

Superstar Amitabh Bachchan is seen in a never seen before avatar of a coach motivating the kids and positively influencing their lives. The actor is outstanding as always. His persona adds to the film and makes it a celebration. However, the army of young actors balances the film with realistic performances. Music by Ajay-Atul is impactful. Lafda Zala and Aaya Ye Jhund Hai is raw and loaded with raw high octave tunes. Dialogues are too authentic, believable and impactful.

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Despite being a long film, Jhund earns half a point extra for its efforts, intention and honest depiction. This film captures the essence of team effort in the truest sense. Each character justifies the part offered. The Nagraj Manjule and Amitabh Bachchan film etches on to your heart and has the potential to remain on the list of inspiring, 'light' films to watch over this weekend.

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